Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Most Amazing Cupcakes!!!!

A couple months ago our family went to visit some friends out of town.

It just so happened that we went a couple weeks after my friend celebrated her birthday and since she is weeeee bit older than me, I tend to give her a hard time. Seeing that I seem to be surrounded by people younger than me, my poor friend must take this abuse from me. Thankfully she is a good sport! (I feel like an old lady using that word but can't think of a better word.)

I brought her a nice bag filled with goodies for OLD people. Things like a nice housecoat, rollers, denture cream, arthritis rub, and a rain bonnet. I can't remember what else was in that bag. Give me a break, it's been a couple months! Unfortunately her husband videotaped my gift presentation, so I'm sure it will all come back to haunt me some day!

But after being a little mean, I did make it up her by giving her something nice.

Enter........our shared love for peanut butter.

I made her the MOST amazing cupcakes! Actually, the cupcakes were good but the frosting.......out of this world. Who wouldn't love peanut butter mixed with a lot of butter and then add some powdered sugar. I could have eaten the whole bowl!

WARNING: These are very dangerous. You will not be able to get them off your mind until they have all been eaten.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup smooth all natural peanut butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Frosting
6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup creamy peanut butter, natural
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole milk

For Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine milk and vanilla in a small bowl.

Combine baking powder, flour and salt in another bowl.

Beat butter and sugars in a bowl until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and blend until smooth. Slowly add peanut butter.

Alternately add half of the flour mixture and milk mixtures, mixing slowly, until all is incorporated.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Put into lined baking cups. Recipe says it makes 12. I actually got 16.

Bake for about 22 minutes or until golden brown.

For Frosting:

Combine sugar and salt in a bowl and combine milk and vanilla in another bowl.

Add Peanut butter and butter in mixer. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Alternately add sugar and milk mixture until fully incorporated.

If you want your frosting thinner add more milk. If you want it thicker, add some more powdered sugar.

Spread on your cupcakes and enjoy!!!!

Note: I am one to fudge on some the ingredients but on this recipe I did exactly as I typed it, so I am not sure of the outcome if you don't use Whole milk or natural peanut butter. I figure the natural peanut butter made them healthy. Right?

On a different note, what fun is a trip without a good game of find the dead cat and throw him in a corn field.




And, yes, I just posted about cupcakes and a dead cat in the same post. This blog is going downhill fast! Sorry about that.

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