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Peanut butter chocolate chip cupcakes.

January 9, 2009

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!


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:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix teaspoon of flour with chocolate chips until lightly but completely coated. Thoroughly mix chips into batter.
  4. Scoop batter into pan and bake 22-27 minutes until tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
  5. 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.

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  1. hehe, little peanut dude! i’m new to frosting cakes with a bag and trying to get a feel for what shapes do what – is this the large star wilton tip you mentioned in the faq?

  2. I know I already told you via Twitter but… you are now my husband’s new best friend 😉 What can I say? The way to a man’s heart is PB and chocolate. HAHA

  3. i know i’ve mentioned my lack of piping skills to you before. if i were to find the money to fly you to oz (lottery winning pending) do you think you could teach me to ice like you do. I had some left over icing around christmas time and practiced and practiced, but i just can’t get my cakes to look like you do. you rock my icing world (which is a very sweet place to be).

  4. LOL! Kitty, are you saying maybe I could make some side money teaching a class on frosting? 🙂 Thanks for being so sweet (pun intended).

    I tell you- I didn’t even know peanut butter extract existed. But its yummy. And I’ve got more extract than I know what to do with now!

    You don’t have to choose, I for example love brownies way more than cupcakes but who can really ever turn down a cupcake? Or cookie. Or cake.

  5. That recipe rocks. I can always count on you to pre read my mind as to what new recipe I will need. I am not a fan of peanut butter but I can eat your frostings like a” litte kid” (or cake loving adult) eats cake batter with a spatula

  6. Peanut butter extract?? I didn’t even know they made such a thing! Huh. I’m gonna have to search for that one. I love the banana ideas at the end, too- I’m SO making these next time I need to take something somewhere! Thank you, O Brilliantly Creative One. 😉

  7. I didn’t know either! I was totally surprised. But apparently Watkins makes all kinds of unique extracts and baking supplies.

    Please- don’t inflate my ego any further 😉 Although I do like the sound of ‘O Brilliantly Creative One.’ 😀

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  9. Hi, I live in the UK and have struggled to get hold of some peanut butter extract do you know where I can find some?

    Many Thanks

  10. Hi! Can’t wait to make this one…my dad is going to love it! Quick question…the directions mention whisking the flour with buttermilk, but I’m not sure how much buttermilk it calls for. Can you help me?

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