Peanut butter isn’t a flavor I tackle regularly. I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m partial to vanilla cupcakes and vanilla frosting, and everyone knows peanut butter goes infinitely better with chocolate. But for Christmas I recieved a peanut butter extract and it intrigued me so I had to use it. It smelled exactly like an open jar of peanut butter. So… these cupcakes do NOT contain peanuts or peanut butter. They contain an extract that is made with peanut oil, however. If you can find one without real peanut oil these would be great for a child (or adult) with a peanut allergy.
When I was thinking about what extract to use next I thought of this and it seemed perfect. Jay loves peanut butter and chocolate and he doesn’t often get to enjoy my cupcakes because a) hes more a cookie kinda guy and b) hes pickier than me when it comes to flavors and ingredients. So here he actually gets to have some!
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES
Get this shit together:
- 1 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp peanut butter extract
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup chocolate chips
And then you’re gonna:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
- Mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg, peanut butter extract and vanilla until smooth. Alternately whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk until smooth.
- Mix teaspoon of flour with chocolate chips until lightly but completely coated. Thoroughly mix chips into batter.
- Scoop batter into pan and bake 22-27 minutes until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
- Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on wire rack.
I used peanut butter chocolate frosting made with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder and more peanut butter extract, but these would be good with peanut butter frosting, or chocolate peanut butter frosting, or even banana frosting if you want to go the Elvis cupcake-type route. Top them with a slice of banana, a drizzle of ganache, peanuts or a little cut-out of the Planters peanut dude.