Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

February 1, 2012

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layered Cupcakes

Filed under: cupcakes, dessert, peanut butter — Tags: , , — Emily @ 3:04 pm

Awhile back we had some friends over for an impromptu dinner. We all pooled groceries that we had lying around the house and attempted to make something delicious at the last minute WITHOUT having to go to the store. It was really fun—and the end results were delicious. For dinner we made some rigatoni pasta with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and a Parmesan/mozzarella cream sauce. We also had toasted bread with garlic-infused olive oil and Parmesan cheese on top. Delicious. For dessert, I found a box of chocolate cake mix and we improvised this recipe from a recipe found on They were quite possibly the best cupcakes I have ever had–so I definitely wanted to record the recipe!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layered Cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients necessary to make the mix (eggs, oil and water)

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup peanut butter chips

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place paper baking cups into regular-size muffin cups.

2. Mix cake mix according to package instructions.

3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat until creamy.

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

5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not overbake). Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack; cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or cool.

Source: Improvised from recipe found on


September 14, 2009

Mel’s Peanut Butter Layered Dessert

Filed under: dessert, peanut butter — Emily @ 8:13 am

I had this dessert a few weeks ago at a reunion for our team that went to the Dominican Republic in July. My friend and co-worker Melissa made this dessert and it was so delicious! And incredibly easy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t photograph well, but you get the idea. I’ve made desserts similar to this before, but never exactly the same combo. It definitely works. I served this at a picnic recently and there were probably 20 different dessert choices—this was the only one that was gone at the end of the night.

Mel’s Peanut Butter Layered Dessert

1st layer:

1 package oreo cookies (crushed)–I used the food processor

3/4 stick butter (melted)

Mix together and press into a 9×13 inch pan

2nd layer:

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz. cool whip

Mix all these ingredients together (I used a stand mixer and made sure they were all softened) and put on top of the oreo crust.

3rd layer:

1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix

2 cups milk

Mix together and let sit for a minute to harden. Put this layer on top of the last one.

4th layer:

8 oz. cool whip

Top with this and then add crushed candy bars. I used Butterfingers in this recipe but you can also use Reese’s, Snickers, Heath bars—anything that sounds good to you!

Source: my friend Melissa

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