Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes Recipe
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Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes Recipe

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Kids love these rich, yummy cupcakes in school lunches or at parties. They're so easy to make because the mini peanut butter cups eliminate the need to frost the cupcakes. —Heidi Harrington, Steuben, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + Cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + Cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 16 miniature peanut butter cups

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 238 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Press a peanut butter cup into the center of each until top edge is even with batter. Bake at 350° for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted on an angle toward the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 16 cupcakes.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes in Quick Cooking July/August 1999, p52

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SJS9 User ID: 4019106 34860
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"It works just as well if you push a peanut butter cup into the cupcake just as it comes out of the oven. This way they don't melt in the oven. SJS9"

hchambers User ID: 7140928 75604
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"Really good cupcakes! I love all things peanut butter so I increased the peanut butter to 1/2 cup. Absolutely delicious and these are great to send into school with the little ones for the birthday treat for the class."

pawzcozies User ID: 1668951 33829
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"I agree with mindtraveler...can't pack this kind of food in their school lunch. Sad. These look delicious so I have given 5 stars as I will have these on my list for when the grands come to visit."

librarylady13525 User ID: 454667 20686
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"I've made cupcakes like this before but without adding peanut butter. My granddaughter is allergic to peanuts so I used Rollo chocolate covered caramels in place of the peanut butter cups. Different taste but same idea and she loved them."

mommcat User ID: 7222868 53242
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Make with Brownie Mix - they are even better."

mindtraveler User ID: 7555179 53240
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"These look yummy, however taking them to school with the "school police" will probably dump them as having to many calories! Wish they would mind thier own business! Anything over 200 calories is a no no, at least in Ohio."

Stamper50 User ID: 5335141 53198
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"I purchase cookie dough, slice then cut in half or 4ths (depending on size) roll in soft ball, put in muffin tin and bake. When you take them out of the oven, pop a miniature peanut butter cup in center and push down but not through the bottom. Cool and enjoy. I use choc. chip dough."

tamusaf User ID: 2047289 25013
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"Re: Black Lady's concern about allergies. I understand about peanut allergies, as our twin daughters have it. However, substituting cream cheese for peanut butter doesn't address the peanut butter cups in the center. Substituting for that ingredient then changes the cupcake to a "Not Peanut Butter Cupcake. Kind of defeats the purpose, however. If you're not allergic to almonds or hazelnuts, then perhaps almond or hazelnut butter would suffice with a chocolate candy with one of those nuts in the center. Good luck. I haven't tried this recipe but I'm submitting a 5-star rating because of the concept and to submit a review."

onionhater User ID: 4479138 71498
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

"These are one of my son's faves; for a quicker version, I sometimes use a package of peanut butter cookie mix instead. Roll into a ball and plop in a RPB cup. Yum!"

rebeccaohio User ID: 7218960 33827
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"I just made a test batch of these cupcakes. They turned out fantastic. I will definitely make these for an upcoming bake sale. I love that they don't need frosting so they will be easier to wrap for the sale."

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