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Peanut Butter-Filled Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

Peanut Butter-Filled Brownie Cupcakes Recipe

I have made this outstandingly delicious recipe for years. These rich cupcakes are sure to delight everyone you make them for. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; stir in chocolate chips. For filling, in a small bowl, beat peanut butter, cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth.
  • 2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full with batter. Drop filling by teaspoonfuls into the center of each cupcake. Cover with remaining batter.
  • 3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in brownie portion comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust tops with confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cupcake: 328 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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xxcskier User ID: 1136353 264960
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2017

"easy and delicious, my husband shared these with some of his co workers needless to say they were gone in an instant, everyone loved them. I liked this recipe as I had everything on hand to make them. No special grocery store trips!"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 263795
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2017

"These cupcakes are really good. The peanut butter filling is creamy, while the brownie is moist. I made one change to the recipe using my homemade brownie batter instead of the packaged brownie mix. I had extra batter so I just baked it in a separate pan making actual brownies."

buffetfan User ID: 4035139 247821
Reviewed May. 3, 2016 Edited Oct. 15, 2016

"A definite keeper! I made two batches of these for two separate functions at school. They were a hit. Another reviewer mentioned they had made a mini version. That's what I did and they were amazing. Very rich so a mini version is perfect. Keep an eye on the baking time if you make the minis. I put 1/2 - 1 tsp of brownie batter in the mini cup, topped with 1/4 tsp of peanut butter mixture then 1/2 - 1 tsp brownie batter on top. Some peanut butter came through but it just made for an interesting look. When I made minis I got 48. Perfect for a crowd! This Volunteer Field Editor highly recommends this recipe."

PamField User ID: 8077850 169560
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"These look amazing and I was all in until I got to the cream cheese ingredient. Was wondering if I could sub the cream cheese filling for a mixture of peanut butter and powdered sugar. Any thoughts?"

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 114501
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Even when I made a mistake these were great! The first time I made these I forgot to add the sugar to the cream cheese mix. No one could tell! I now make them the correct way. When I make them I use a full/family size brownie box and double the cream cheese filling. The end result is a total of 30 cupcakes. This is the kind of recipe that the most difficult part is waiting for them to cool"

[email protected] User ID: 3572716 167192
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"My diet-conscious son ate two!"

nblank88 User ID: 7122415 182391
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"Delicious! & I love that you are from Chambersburg!(where I was born & my grandparents live)"

CookSmiley User ID: 3863146 183218
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"Everytime (which has been many) I make these delicious cupcakes I am asked for the incredible recipe."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 144600
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Pretty awesome. I made in little mini muffin tins and they were super good."

aulait User ID: 6244644 167191
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"Thank You,Carol! a delicious,novel Brownie Surprise in every bite cup~cake"

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 114499
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"My kids were not crazy about these. The peanut butter center was disappointing."

BrytEyz User ID: 2759683 100689
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"I love the concept of this recipe, and I so wanted it to be delicious! But it just didn't work out well. The brownies dried out way too much in the cupcake pans. The filling would have been far better (in my opinion) as a creamy surprise, but the addition of the egg makes it more cake-like. And finally, the filling does not bake at the same rate as the brownie itself. All in all, not a good result. If you do try the recipe, remember that the chocolate chips mixed in with the brownie batter may make it difficult to get a read on the doneness of the brownie using the toothpick test that the recipe recommends."

dmv60 User ID: 4942727 99941
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Everything a brownie should be!!!! The peanut butter filling is a perfect accent."

deb3346 User ID: 1821731 100688
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Yum! So easy to make and will be baking these again."

heppie User ID: 2516829 105758
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"these are very good. everyone liked them"

Julie Bik User ID: 5635630 115635
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Everyone loved these - 3 of our favorite foods all in one - peanut butter, cream cheese, and chocolate!"

samplercook User ID: 5585971 165266
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Made this and it was great. I baked it in a brownie pan with dividers. After they cooled I cut each piece in half, covered in melted chocolate chips frosting and topped each piece with a colorful M and M. So pretty and yummy..."

leenW User ID: 5595936 125273
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"perfect for after hockey game brothers loved it!"

lssrls User ID: 1447889 165264
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Great, everyone loved them. Will be making these often, I used minature peanut butter cups."

SchaeferSmith User ID: 5560693 210900
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"Very good, everyone loved them, I over baked them a bit to much because the toothpick kept showing not done. Have to have MILK!! Very rich."

tljuristy User ID: 3782419 165263
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"Very good and easy to make. We split them and served vanilla ice cream with a squirt of Reese topping on it."

goodfoodshows User ID: 5184780 210899
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"YUMMO!!! I made these and took them to work - people fought over them!!! I forgot the powdered sugar on top, but no one noticed!! It's definitely a GOT MILK recipe!! Will make these often and especially in warmer weather to go on picnics or camping trips with us!! Thanks!!"

ljordan User ID: 2879953 182388
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"My family absolutely loves these!! A great, easy recipe and good for traveling and picnics!"

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