Monday, August 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

I made these peanut butter chocolate chip cupcakes last month and they were so easy that I made them again to share at my girls iftar last night. I love my friends.

As soon as you smell them in the oven, they are done. Don't over bake so that they stay soft. 

I didn't add any milk to the frosting, because my butter was already very soft. 

I remembered to get the chocolate sprinkles this time! 

The cake tastes like a chocolate chip cookie and even though the frosting has heavy peanut butter, it comes out light and fluffy. I think thanks to my kitchen-aid mixer.

I think a cream cheese peanut butter frosting would be delicious too.

Yield: 22 cupcakes

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
2.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate sprinkles, optional

For Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Beat butter and sugars in mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend until smooth. Slowly mix in peanut butter. Add half the flour mixture and blend slowly. When fully incorporated, add milk and vanilla. Continue to blend slowly. Add remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Add chocolate chips and fold in by hand. Scoop into lined baking cups and bake for about 18 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

For Frosting: Combine sugar and salt in a bowl. Beat butter and peanut utter in mixer until smooth and creamy. Slowly add sugar until fully incorporated. Add milk ONLY if needed for a softer consistency. You can also add additional powdered sugar if you need to make your frosting thicker. Frost on top of cooled cupcakes. Top with chocolate sprinkles.

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