Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe
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Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe

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Peanut butter lovers can double their pleasure with these treats. I use the popular ingredient in the cupcakes as well as in the creamy homemade frosting. —Ruth Hutson, Westfield, Indiana
Recommended: Top 10 Cupcake Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 275 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in honey and vanilla. Beat in enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cupcakes in Quick Cooking July/August 2002, p10

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the pink baker User ID: 4281712 260168
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2017

"These were very easy to make but seemed more muffiny to me than a cup cake. I'm not sure why the remaining 6 I put in for 2nd batch took longer to bake, but its prob not recipe related. I topped with my homemade pb frosting and my family really enjoyed them."

cooksforpleasure User ID: 7174729 35447
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"I made these over the weekend and took them to a party. I did the same thing as "nathansgramma" and cut a well into the cupcake and piped strawberry jam inside. The frosting was extremely sticky and difficult to work with, especially when piping through a pastry bag. I, personally, wasn't very pleased with the end result, but everyone at the party loved them. I'm basing my review on my personal opnion."

ChefHarsh User ID: 7386798 36131
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Mine didnt look as neat as the ones in the picture and had a few cracks on top which were well covered with the frosting. Great in taste although I reduced the sugar in both. I think I let them be in the oven for a few minutes longer.

However fabulous recipe wish I could post a picture!"

puddlelumps User ID: 1609793 129525
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"Very dry. I was going to send them to camp with my son but after tasting them I tossed them."

Nathansgramma User ID: 376985 57250
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"Made these today! The cupcake received awesome reviews. The frosting even though it tasted good was too hard to spread. Added xtra milk and honey but that didn't do the trick. Cut a well in the cake and added a teaspoon of strawberry jam. Everyone thought the were better with the jam. Would make again but will work on the frosting!"

mtngal1 User ID: 3729442 41127
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"Oh, I made these today and they are great. I am very happy wit the moist cupcakes and the frosting is so creamy and has such a good peanut butter flavor."

jlynn173 User ID: 6224544 110448
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"These are great I love them"

5xamom User ID: 787516 62855
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"These are beyond amazing!! Probably one of the best cupcakes I have ever had!! My 15 year-old daughter LOVES Cupcake Wars, so she is always trying new recipes. I think the only reason anyone would complain is if they didn't use REAL butter! I have to say this is a keeper and will be made over and over again in this family! With four brothers, my daughter has plenty of taste testers and this one passed with flying colors!! LOVE IT!!"

elizabethlove09 User ID: 4548566 40971
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"I really liked these cupcakes, I didn't have enough creamy peanut butter to put it in both the batter and the frosting, so I used chunky in the batter and creamy in the frosting. Would be better with creamy in both but they were still really good. Loved the frosting, had to add a little more powdered sugar and milk to get the consistancy I wanted but I love it!"

staceydaze User ID: 5538367 53061
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"Hopefully next time I can make them a little less dry?"

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