Reese’s Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Filling

Reeses Cupcakes Recipe - Peanut Butter FillingI have to give you fair warning.  This recipe requires the use of a pastry bag with a medium tip.  If like most people you do not have one of those lying around you should maybe try one of our other recipes.  If you are equipped for the challenge this I highly recommend this recipe.  The filling gives the cupcake a very nice texture.  It also mixes in some espresso for extra flavor.  Even though the Reese’s Cups were only used for garnish, the flavors work very well together and deserves to be included.

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 lightly beaten eggs
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup water ( you can substitute coffee if you are a barbarian )
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 24 mini Reeses Cups ( for garnish )

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 24 count muffin tin with cupcake wrappers
  3. Combine all the Reeses Cupcake ingredients into a batter using an electric mixer
  4. Scoop the batter into the cupcake wrappers
  5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.  The cupcakes should spring back lightly when you poke the top of them
  6. Allow the cupcakes to cool for at least 8  minutes
  7. Transfer to to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup of sifted confectioners sugar

Filling Directions:

  1. Beat the butter and peanut butter using an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined
  2. Reduce speed to low and add in the confectioners sugar
  3. Increase speed to high and beat for 4 minutes until the mixture is fluffy and smooth
  4. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag with a medium tip
  5. Insert the tip into the top of the cupcake.  Squeeze in around 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling into each of the cupcakes

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of cocoa
  • 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 5 teaspoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of peanut butter

Frosting Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients using an electric mixer
  2. Transfer to the pastry bag and apply to cupcakes
  3. Add the mini Reese’s Cups to each cupcake as a garnish
  4. ENJOY!

 

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