Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Crunch Cupcakes

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My husband loves anything that combines peanut butter and chocolate so I decided to surprise him yesterday with a special treat.

First of all I have to admit that I’m not really a baker.  I can’t cook without a recipe because I need to follow step-by-step directions so when I say these cupcakes turned out to be amazing, it’s saying a lot.

First, make your favorite chocolate cake batter.  Again, I have to admit I used a box cake for the cupcakes.  I’m more of an icing snob.  I have to have homemade icing on all my cakes.  I can’t stand store bought icing and my mom has spoiled me with all of her fabulous cakes she has made for me my entire life.

I did add a Reece’s peanut butter cup to each cupcake before baking them.

Now comes the good part!  I found a great recipe for peanut butter icing on Brown Eyed Baker and adapted it a little using what I had in my refrigerator:

Peanut Butter Icing Recipe:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup half and half

Add all ingredients except the half and half to your bowl and mix until creamy.  Add half and half and continue mixing until icing is light and fluffy.

To make these cupcakes even better – although I could have stopped here – I decided to add crushed pretzels to the top of each cupcake.

Mmmm!!  These cupcakes were so good.  It was hard to eat just one!

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  1. This looks so good. I love the pretzel topping. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  2. I just made these and they were fantastic to say the least. We added the pretzel crumbles into the frosting itself. And then I topped it off with a light dusting of sea salt! It made it sooooooooooo wonderful.
    Now a funny thing is that I printed yours off a couple days ago at work, showed it to my sil who loves to bake. So today I got up supper early and baked the cupcakes. I asked where the paper was with the receipe was, of course no one knew and I couldn’t find where I was surfing to save my life. Then said sil said Mom I found it I think did it start with My Husband, and sure enough it was. Then had to run to the store for unsalted butter, came home made it up and now everyone is asking if its dinner time yet so they can have desert. Thanks for sharing!
    Vicki R

  3. Oh it’s not fair how yummy these look! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!