Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 17
  • 12 tablespoons (1 and ½ sticks) butter
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 and ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coffee (brewed; I used leftover from my morning coffee. can be omitted if desired.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 and ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • dash salt
  • 17 pretzels
  1. TO MAKE CUPCAKES: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder until combined. Add coffee and remove from heat. (This is the butter mixture.)
  3. Measure milk into a liquid measuring cup and add vanilla extract. Set aside. (This is the milk mixture.)
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add eggs one at a time into butter mixture.
  6. Add milk mixture and butter mixture to dry ingredients, alternating until all ingredients are combined. (Add ⅓ of butter mixture, ⅓ of milk mixture, ect. until all are combined.)
  7. Fill cupcake liners with batter until about ⅔ full. I used a ¼ measuring cup for each tin.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out with no batter. Let cool before topping with frosting.
  10. Beat butter in stand mixture with whisk attachment until smooth. Add peanut butter and mix until combined. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until all is combined. Mix in salt.
  11. Spread on cooled cupcakes and top with a pretzel.
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