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Peanut Butter Truffle Cupcakes

Everybody loves cupcakes, and these have a wonderfully tasty hidden treasure inside. They're rich and delicious! —Marlene Schollenberger, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • BATTER:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Directions

  • For truffles, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in peanut butter. Cover and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until firm enough to form into balls. Shape into twelve 1-in. balls; roll in cocoa. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and coffee and mix well.
  • Fill 12 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Top each with a truffle (do not press down).
  • Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate with cream, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl; chill until mixture reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 277 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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