Fact #1: Tommy Engstrom hates Halloween.
Fact #2: Tommy Engstrom loves peanut butter cups.
Really I think that is all you will ever need to know about Tommy Engstrom. The first fact likely stems from the fact that I grew up with an uncle that showed me Stephen King's It when I was quite young and told me stories of people who would walk into Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shops, eat all of the ice cream and come out a monster. Uncle, I love you, but that terrified me. Still to this day I do not do well when I see clowns and scary movies are not my thing.
Now peanut butter cups...chocolate, peanut butter, is there anything more satisfying than that combination? Highly unlikely if you ask me.
I realize that I may not be the norm when it comes to Halloween, so if you are one of those weirdos that goes all out, here is a great recipe to make for your festivities. I used Stonyfield Greek yogurt in the cake batter, which allowed for a delicious light moist cupcake. Top it off with peanut butter frosting and an Unreal peanut butter cup and you've got yourself a scarily delicious treat!
| Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes |
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup cake flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup Stonyfield Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Unreal peanut butter cups
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place the first 7 (dry) ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Mix in the butter on low speed, until the mixture resembles moist crumbs.
- Stir in the eggs, greek yogurt and vanilla, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl to be sure all the ingredients are well-combined.
- Fill lined cupcake wells just over half full (approx. ¼ cup of batter).
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with moist crumbs.
- Cool completely before frosting.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
2 cups confectioners' sugar
- Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer.
- Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable.
- Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.