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Peanut Butter Cup & Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

 From  Desserts in Jars 50 Sweet Treats that Shine by Shaina Olmonson


Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes in a Jar



For the Cupcakes

11/2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

11/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup hot coffee or boiling water

For the Peanut Butter Filling

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

11/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

For the Topping

4 ounces dark chocolate, cut or broken into 12 pieces roughly equal in size


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, sift together the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk in the hot coffee just until incorporated. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Roll into twelve balls 1-1/2 – 2 inches in diameter. Scoop about 3-1/2 tablespoons of cupcake batter into the bottom of each of twelve 8-ounce jars. Place a peanut butter ball in the center of each jar and cover with an additional 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter. Wipe up any batter from the outside of the jar or around its rim.

Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 20 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. Remove from the oven, immediately place of of the chocolate pieces on top of each hot cupcake, and allow the chocolate to melt. Using hot pads, carefully tilt each jar so that the melted chocolate covers the surface of the cake. Let the cakes cool, and serve and room temperature.

Makes 12 individual cupcakes


Cookies and Cream Cupcakes



Vanilla Cream filling

1 cup butter or spectrum shortening

2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract


Mix and bake the cupcakes as stated in the chocolate peanut butter cup recipe above, minus the peanut butter filling.

Glaze with chocolate and cool.

While waiting for the glaze to cool, mix the butter sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy and creamy. Top and serve.


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