Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

I bought a can of natural peanut butter a month or two ago and have been dying to use it in recipes to no avail. (that’s me above if you didn’t know)

What is natural peanut butter? Just peanuts, no hydrogenated oil, sugar, or anything else.   You have to give a good stir before using it because it tends to separate. Natural peanut butter definitely tastes different but once you start eating it, you will realize how much better it is.

See the different texture. Well I’ve had my jar of natural peanut butter just calling me to make some delicious treat with it (you see that cute little bear on top).

I decided to make a recipe I have for chocolate peanut butter muffins, which are basically modified cupcakes because they are so sweet.

Begin by preheating the oven to 375˚F.  Line 12-14 muffin cups with paper liners.  This makes closer to 14 large muffins, so you may need two 12-count muffin tins.

Melt butter and 1/3 cup chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler.  Heating while stirring just until melted and smooth.  Set aside to cool. I used 60% cacao chocolate chips, which were extra rich. Use whatever you prefer.

Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla together.

Add your liquid ingredients and the melted butter/chocolate mixture into the flour mixture.  Mix just until combined. Here’s Lisa helping me mix. She’s all smiles in the pictures, but she can be sassy, too.

Yummy chocolate.

Add the remaining chocolate chips (1/3 cup). Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans.

Now on to the peanut swirl topping, beat together the softened butter and peanut butter.

Stir in the milk and powdered sugar.  It will be clumpy, but it will taste delicious.

Drop this sinful mixture by spoonfuls on top of each uncooked muffin.  Use a knife or fork to swirl it and separate it out from one big chunk into smaller chunks.

Bake for about 20 minutes.  Let the muffins cool for a few minutes, and then dig in.  (I warned you to wait, so if you get impatient and eat one hot, and burn your tongue, don’t blame me).

Recipe from: Cate’s World Kitchen

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lisa
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 20:13:02

    I feel special ! 🙂 Im in a food blog. the muffins were delicious by the way 🙂


  2. lisa
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 20:13:52

    Hey may I remind you that I am not the sassy one!!!


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