Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate ~ Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layered Cupcakes

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter desserts.  I bookmark every one that I come across, then wait for an excuse to make them.  Yesterday was another ice day and my girls were home having fun.  So while my little Jordyn was taking her nap, I decided to make these cupcakes I found on the Pillsbury website.  We all enjoyed a warm cupcake for an afternoon snack.  I sent several to work with my hubby for him to share, and so I wouldn't eat them all! 

These cupcakes are delicious with layers of moist chocolate cake and creamy peanut butter cheesecake filled with peanut butter chips, then topped with milk chocolate chips.    I will definitely be making these again.  Don't let all the steps keep you from trying these...they are worth every effort!  And these would be the perfect Valentine treat.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup Hershey’s baking cocoa
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 T white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 package (8 oz) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup reduced fat peanut butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1/4 cup Reese's peanut butter chips, for topping
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, for topping

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups.

In large bowl, mix flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add oil, water, vinegar and vanilla to flour mixture, stirring just until smooth (do not over mix).

In another large stand mixer bowl, beat egg, cream cheese, peanut butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat until creamy. Stir in 1/2 cup peanut butter chips.

Spoon 1 level tablespoon chocolate batter into each cup; evenly spread 1 level tablespoon peanut butter filling on top. Repeat layers. Top with milk chocolate and peanut butter chips.

Bake 23-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not over bake). Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack and let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.  Enjoy! 

Update: Out of all the sweet treats in the world,  my friend chose this as his birthday dessert.  They are THAT good!


  1. Oh my goodness Rhondi, these look and sound SO good! Great minds must think alike because I made a peanut butter-chocolate treat the other night for my work Valentine's Day party. Also from the Pillsbury site, lol! These look scrumptious! Have a great weekend!

  2. I agree with you about the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Yours looks like it should on the top of the best list. It is so tempting.

  3. Wow! These look SO SO good! PB and Chocolate is always a winner :) I'm bookmarking these for sure. Have a nice weekend.

  4. Hi Rhondi,
    I always know that you will have the greatest cupcakes. Your Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layered Cupcakes look awesome, I just love that combination. Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  5. these look amazing yummy delicious goodies make the world a bit brighter

  6. These look AMAZING!! I'm going to browse through the rest of your blog. :)

  7. I just checked out your cookies and then I saw this. Oh my gosh, I'm in chocolate peanut butter heaven on your blog today. I'll have to keep this recipe in mind for when I go and visit my family. Thanks for linking this up.

  8. These cupcakes look sinfully delicious and I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. Wow! That packs a punch in peanut butter filling/ flavor. More peanut butter then cupcake which is always awesome :D. I just made peanut butter & jam filled cupcakes so I'm all for given compliments to people that love making filled cupcakes :P

  10. Oh YUM! I love peanut butter and chocolate! Me and cheesecake don't quite gel but I'm going to ignore that for these cupcakes!

  11. Oh my!! Those look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing them on Cupcake Tuesday!

  12. I love peanut butter and chocolate!!! You make such yummy things! Any chance you live near me and want to share?

  13. Hi! I was looking through Lisa's Link Party entries and these just caught my eye - I'm a sucker for the chocolate peanut butter combination and these look incredible!

  14. I love anything chocolate and peanut butter, too! Saving these for the next time I crave it or have to take dessert! Found you through Sweets on a Saturday.

  15. chocolate + peanut butter is one of my favorite combos too! i'll have to try these next time a craving hits!

  16. Wow these look incredible! I have never seen it as a cupcake cheesecake. I will definitely be making these!

  17. Just wanted to let you know, this recipe of yours got the most hits on last week's Sweets for a Saturday. I'm certainly not surprised.

  18. Thanks Lisa! That makes me so happy! I enjoy your Sweets for a Saturday and look forward to it. You are always the perfect host!

  19. oh. my.
    thank you so much for sharing. this looks amazing! yumm, okay. so many good things in that dessert, ha. will make!!

  20. Those look awesome! Thanks.

  21. You amaze me, girl! All of your food looks amazing ALWAYS! I can't wait to try to make these :)

    Oh, and Emily (our fave) is still on the Bachelor... yay! lol! I kind of wish she would find someone better because that Brad is pretty lame :)

  22. Just made these as a treat for my husband (he is a Marine, and he picks up rank on Monday), and he loves Peanut Butter and Chocolate... They are so good!!!

  23. Hey Casey! So excited you liked these peanut butter and chocolate treats. Congrats to your hubby on the promotion...he's a lucky man you made these for him. They are some work but definitely worth the effort. Thanks so much for leaving a comment :)

  24. I'm just sitting here, after eating McDonalds at midnight, looking up delicious desserts.
    I would have felt so unhealthy had I not seen this and now could really care less, because these are the exception. They look gorgeous.


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