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Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

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  • caleb
    May 15, 2019

    this sucks

  • ching
    May 14, 2019


  • the pink baker
    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
    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
    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
    Jul 21, 2014

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

  • Nathansgramma
    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
    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
    Oct 13, 2013

    These are great I love them

  • 5xamom
    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!!