Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe


If you can believe it, back in the day I wasn’t a huge chocolate and peanut butter girl.

I know, heartbreaking, isn’t it? On Halloween night, after a particularly successful time trick-or-treating, I would trade all my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for Almond Joys or Life Savers (again, heartbreaking, right?) Chocolate and peanut butter just wasn’t my jam – at the time.

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As I got older, my position started to soften on the combination. It’s still not one of my favorites (I like them separate more than I like them together – I’m a rebel, after all), but from time to time, I get a serious hankering for the two.

I love me some Reese’s Pieces, especially melted down into hot popcorn when I’m watching a movie (but then, those skip the chocolate all together). White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups rule my face. And Peanut Butter M&M’s? Yeah, I can get down with those.

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But there’s nothing as iconic or classic as a milk chocolate peanut butter cup! And when I’m craving this combo, I head straight for the big guns. And a recent craving is what inspired me to whip up these chocolate peanut butter cookie dough cupcakes!

Rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a sweet-and-salty peanut butter cookie dough “frosting”, then garnished with a peanut butter cup and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Trust me, no one will be trading these cupcakes for Life Savers.

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They’re true show-stoppers, and perfect for your next birthday party, especially if the birthday boy or girl is a PBC lover. (That’s peanut butter and chocolate, for those of you not in the know.) Those scoops of frosting make decorating a breeze.

No piping tips needed here!

Adding that drizzle of chocolate sauce just adds a little flair – and if you know me, you know I’m all about a little flair (or a lot)!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe

Hayley Parker
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes are for the peanut butter and chocolate lover. You’ll be smitten!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Cuisine Frosting
Servings 18 1 cupcake
Calories 358.99 kcal


  • 1 Chocolate Cake Mix Plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 Sugar Free Fat Free Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 2 Butter Softened
  • 0.5 Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 0.75 Brown Sugar
  • 0.25 Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Milk
  • 2 All-Purpose Flour
  • Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate Sauce Like sundae sauce or chocolate syrup


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions; stir the box of pudding mix (the dry mix) into the cake batter until combined.
  • Portion the cake batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling tins about 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake for approx. 15-18 minutes or until cupcakes are set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs (not wet). Cool the cupcakes completely.
  • Once cupcakes are cooled, make your cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk and vanilla with the paddle attachment or until creamy.
  • Add in the flour, about a cup at a time, until a soft cookie dough has formed.
  • Using a cookie dough scoop, portion heaping 1/4-cup sized balls of cookie dough on top of each cupcake, pressing gently to adhere the dough to the cupcake. I rounded the dough out a little with my fingers.
  • Garnish with a peanut butter cup half, then drizzle with sauce.
  • Serve immediately, or store leftovers airtight in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 358.99kcalCarbohydrates: 47.25gProtein: 4.56gFat: 16.61gSaturated Fat: 7.25gSodium: 24.58mgFiber: 0.58gSugar: 14.57g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Chocolate, Cookie Dough, Cupcakes, Desserts, Frosting, Party Food, Peanut Butter
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