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I made these a few weeks ago for my YW President’s surprise birthday party activity. They were DELICIOUS! They are a dark chocolate cupcake with a peanut butter cup baked in the middle, topped with peanut butter frosting and (a half) a reeses cup to finish them off. I had a few requests for the recipe, so I figured this was the easiest way of sharing it with everyone.

Magic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
*Recipe is adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Jr. Cookbook

makes 24 cupcakes

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
24 bite-size Reeses peanut butter cups

Prep:
Preheat oven to 350*. Put paper cups in each muffin cup. Unwrap bite-size peanut butter cups. Set aside.

Mix first seven ingredients (dry ingredients) in a medium bowl.
Put wet ingredients in a large bowl and add flour mixture, whisking until smooth.
Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups, filling about half full. Place a peanut butter cup on the center of the batter in each cup. (Do not push down into the batter).

Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly pressed with your finger. Place pan on a cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes before removing cupcakes from pan. Set on cooling rack and cool completely.

Frosting:

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter
5+ cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp milk

Put peanut butter and butter in bowl and beat together. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Next, add vanilla and milk, and then continue to add powdered sugar until you get the consistency that you want. This should make enough to top the cupcakes by piping on a large mound (as pictured). If you are just wanting to spread a smaller amount onto the cupcakes, you could probably half this recipe. But we eat cupcakes because of their massive frosting to cake ratio, don’t we?!

To finish off, I threw some white pearlized sprinkles on top and finished off with a cut-in-half normal size Reeses cup in the middle. Enjoy!

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