Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Hiding an Oreo cookie inside a cupcake is a fun way to surprise everyone when you serve cupcakes for dessert.  These Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes have plenty of peanut butter and chocolate to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

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Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes - homemade peanut butter cupcakes with a hidden Oreo cookie and fluffy chocolate frosting

Usually I am totally a box mix kind of girl when it comes to cupcakes, but lately I have been playing around with some homemade versions in my kitchen.  It all started with these Vanilla Cherry Pie Cupcakes, and now I am slightly hooked on trying to come up with some new versions based on that recipe.

Now for all you fans of boxed cake mixes…do not worry!!!  I have not given up on my favorite box mixes.  There will be plenty of cupcake and cookie love from those boxes around here.  I have not completely gone all homemade on you.  Believe me, I still believe in the art of semi-homemade baking.

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes - homemade peanut butter cupcakes with a hidden Oreo cookie and fluffy chocolate frosting

Have you seen the new Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos?

I searched high and low until I found a few packages in our town.  I also came across some Oreo minis that said Reese’s too.  Of course those had to come home with me too.  And then I teased you all on Instagram with this picture of Oreo cookie goodness :-)

Peanut Butter Cup Oreo cookies

I knew that I wanted to make something with them, but what?

I kept one package of these special cookies hidden inside our cupboards until I came up with the idea of baking them in a cupcake.  Hiding things inside cupcakes is nothing new here.  Many years ago, I made these Oreo Truffle Surprise Cupcakes, and now I almost always have to put something into the bottom of a cupcake.

Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

Just a few tweaks to the homemade vanilla cupcake recipe, and I came up with a delicious peanut butter cupcake recipe for you.

Make sure you do bake them the full 25 minutes.  Believe me I should know this!  I had to throw an entire batch out because I figured these ones would bake the same time as the vanilla.  Boy was I every wrong!!!  Adding peanut butter definitely changes the baking time of cupcakes.

The next batch I slowly baked a few at a time, adjusting the time a little more each time until I was happy with the texture and look of the cupcakes.  Also make sure you fill the liners almost completely full of batter.  Yes, almost to the very top of the liner!!!  Do not worry, they will not bake over into your oven.  They bake up puffy and then will settle just slightly after they come out of the oven.

After they cool, you can pipe these Fluffy Chocolate Frosting on the tops.  It is so good, you just might eat a few spoonfuls before you realize what you are doing.  Just saying that might happen!

Add a tiny peanut butter Oreo to the top for decoration.  Then hand them out and wait for the smiles when everyone realizes you hid a full Oreo in the bottom too!

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes - homemade peanut butter cupcakes with a hidden Oreo cookie and fluffy chocolate frosting

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Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Homemade peanut butter cookies topped with chocolate frosting and a hidden Oreo cookie are fun cupcakes to enjoy for dessert or for any party.

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 package Reese's PB Cup Oreo Cookies (24 cookies)
30 small Peanut Butter Oreo cookies
For the Chocolate Frosting
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used half regular/half dark cocoa)
1/2 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Add the peanut butter and beat until creamy.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. Add alternately with the buttermilk until everything is combined. Beat the mixture for 1 minute on medium speed.
  3. Place one large cookie in the bottom of 24 cupcake liners. Spoon batter over the top of the cookie and fill the liners almost to the top. (You should have enough batter left for 5-6 plain cupcakes as well.) The cupcakes will not bake over, so make sure the liners are very full.
  4. Bake the cupcakes at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let sit in the hot pan for 1 minute, then remove to a wire rack. Let cool completely.
  5. Beat the butter until creamy. Add the vanilla and salt. Stir together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder and add alternately with the whipping cream until everything has been mixed in. Beat on high for a minute or two until the frosting thickens and becomes fluffy. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a small Oreo cookie. Store covered in a container on the counter for a few days. Makes 30 cupcakes total.

Notes

*Use peanut butter Oreo cookies if you cannot find the special Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Oreos.

**You can bake these without the cookies as well. Just make sure to fill the liners almost to the top before baking.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/08/peanut-butter-oreo-cupcakes/

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Bars

Pour a glass of milk and grab a few of these Peanut Butter Oreo Bars to snack on.  White chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, and a smooth peanut butter glaze are just three of the reasons you need to bake a pan of these bars today.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Bars - peanut butter, white chocolate, and Oreo cookies make these a delicious bar cookie

This summer I realized that I am not a convertible car kind of girl.  My husband has an old Saab convertible that he absolutely loves to drive around on nice days.  And I’m all for a cool car that looks good…

The problem is that I absolutely cannot stand to have my hair blowing in my face.  It is one of my biggest pet peeves.  Even in regular vehicles I will not roll down the window next to me, even if I am blazing hot.  It’s one of these strange quirks about me.  You understand, right?  I mean there have to be funny or strange quirks about you too.

One of these days I will remember to stock the glove box with pony tail holders and headbands.  You would think that since I know how much the blowing hair will bother me, that the glove box would be stuffed with these items already.  But no, I’m not that prepared.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Bars - peanut butter, white chocolate, and Oreo cookies make these a delicious bar cookie

Maybe if I bake a pan of these Peanut Butter Oreo Bars to take along for drives, they will distract me with their goodness and make me forget all about the wind.  Something tells me the blowing hair and peanut butter treats probably don’t mix well either.   It could add a whole new pet peeve to my list.  I better stick to hair ties.

A few months ago I made these Peanut Butter Bars.  These simple oatmeal bars with the creamy peanut butter glaze quickly became one my favorite treats.  But when I made a pan of them this week, I wanted to change them up a little.  It’s one of those other strange pet peeves I have.  I have a really hard time making the exact same thing twice.  There are times I just push past the peeve and make things again, but my mind is going a hundred miles a minute thinking of new variations.

Going through the cupboards I found some Peanut Butter Oreos that managed to last with the scavenging hungry soccer teen that lives with us.  Yes, our cupboards are fully stocked in Oreo cookies.  I realize that it must seem like we buy cookies on every shopping trip.  Well, that’s partly true.  Ok, it’s probably all the way true.  I am a dessert food blogger after all.  Buying extra cookies every time comes with the job.  #bestjobever

So, out came the Peanut Butter Oreos and some white chocolate chips.  The last bars had regular chocolate chips, so by changing the chips and adding some cookie chunks I felt better about making the same bar cookie.

I have to admit my favorite part of these bars is the peanut butter glaze.  Now THAT I could make over and over!  Peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk will make a peanut butter glaze heaven.  Do not taste test the glaze before putting it on the warm bars, or you might be making another bowl of glaze.  You want to spread the glaze over the bars while they are still warm.  Give the bars about 5  minutes to cool down slightly before spreading the peanut butter glaze on.   The glaze with melt down into the cracks of the bars and then set up as they cool.  These are seriously amazing!!!

Time to head to the cupboards and find a new mix in…I’m feeling the urge to create a new peanut butter bar.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Bars - peanut butter, white chocolate, and Oreo cookies make these a delicious bar cookie

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Bars

Peanut butter, white chocolate chips, and Oreo cookies add a delicious taste to these easy oatmeal bars. Great for snacking on with a glass of milk.

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup peanut butter**
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter Oreo cookie chunks*
1 cup white chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup peanut butter**
1 cup powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugars. Add the egg, vanilla, and peanut butter and cream again. Sift together the dry ingredients and slowly beat in. Stir in the cookie chunks by hand.
  2. Spread the mixture in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let the bars cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Beat the frosting ingredients until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over the warm bars. Let cool completely before cutting into 24 bars. Store in a sealed container on the counter.

Notes

*If you cannot find the Peanut Butter Oreos, feel free to substitute regular Oreos.

**You can also use a White Chocolate Peanut Butter in place of the regular if you can find it.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/07/peanut-butter-oreo-bars/

 

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Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Need an easy dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth?  These Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars are easy to make, taste delicious, and look impressive.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

99 % of the time we get asked to bring a dessert to any picnic, I will usually make up a pan of cheesecake bars.  Of course they always look different.

Sometimes I add brownies to the bottom, sometimes they end up as mini cheesecake muffins, or sometimes I swirl different colors all over the top for fun.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

I just puffy heart love cheesecake!  In all shapes and forms.  Of course this love has caused me to become some different shapes and sizes too :-)

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

These cheesecake bars actually had no reason to be made.

You see I have this bad habit of eating spoonfuls of peanut butter and Nutella whenever I get a craving for something sweet.  One small spoonful of these together usually does the trick.

Except for this day.

All of a sudden I couldn’t stop thinking of different ways to use both in a recipe.  As soon as I thought cheesecake bars, it was all over.  Thank goodness my kitchen cupboards resemble a mini grocery store.  I had all the ingredients on hand to whip up a pan of these decadent bars.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

The cheesecake bars start with an easy crust.  Crush up cream filled cookies into fine crumbs.  You can use a food processor or a plastic bag and any wooden spoon or mallet.  Go ahead and leave the cream filling in the cookies.  It makes the crust taste great and helps it stay together better.  Add a little bit of butter and press it into the bottom of a pan.  Set it aside.

Start with softened cream cheese.  I like to get my cream cheese out an hour or two before making something with it.  If you forget this step, no worries.  Remove the foil wrapper and place it on a microwave safe plate.  Cut the cream cheese into cubes and microwave it for 20-30 seconds.  Be careful not to over heat it.

Cream the cream cheese and the rest of the filling ingredients until it is smooth and creamy.  Pour it gently onto the prepared crust.  Now comes the fun part.

Heat the Nutella in the microwave until it is creamy and spreadable.  Spoon it into a Ziplock baggie and cut one corner off.  Gently drizzle lines of Nutella all over the top of the cheesecake.  Then take a knife and very carefully swirl the top.  Try to keep the knife from disturbing the crust on the bottom of the pan.

The hardest part of this recipe is the wait time.  Cheesecake always needs to set up and cool down after baking.  I recommend baking any kind of cheesecake the night before.  That way it has time to chill over night.  Plus, then you can start the day with cheesecake for breakfast.  Oh, maybe that’s the reason I’m turning into other shapes and sizes :-)

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

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Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 cheesecake bars

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top makes these a fun treat to share at any picnic or party. Or to enjoy when your sweet tooth needs something.

Ingredients

26 Peanut Butter cream filled Chocolate Cookies (I used Oreos)
1 Tablespoon melted butter
3 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
3 eggs
3 Tablespoons sour cream
3 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Crush the cookies into fine crumbs. Leave the filling in the cookies when you do this. Stir in the melted butter. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat again. Add the eggs, sour cream, flour, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Gently pour onto the prepared crust.
  3. Place the Nutella in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time until the Nutella is melted enough to drizzle. Spoon it into a baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle lines over the top of the cheesecake batter. Take a knife and gently swirl the Nutella into a fun pattern. Be careful not to disturb the crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool for 1-2 hours on a cooling rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*You can use regular cream filled chocolate cookies if you cannot find the peanut butter cream filled cookies.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/05/peanut-butter-nutella-cheesecake-bars/

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 My husband just shakes his head at me and all my baking.

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 I puffy heart love peanut butter.  It is one thing that I could use in baking every single time because I love it that much.

My husband on the other hand must be an alien because he doesn’t like peanut butter as much as me.  He makes faces whenever I say I’m making more peanut butter desserts.  I think it’s that alien side of him trying to get out.

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 One sandwich that I remember always eating as a kid is the fluffernutter.  It always surprises me how many people do not know what these sandwiches are.

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 Today is a fun day!  I am joining with a group of blog friends to surprise Katie from Katie’s Cucina with a fun virtual baby shower.  I met Katie last year at the BlogHer Food conference, and she is such a sweetheart.  We enjoyed chatting over crazy monster donuts from the food trucks while we were there.

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 Do you make resolutions when the new year begins?  I like to make goals to strive for each year.  This year I want to work on my quiet time, exercise regularly, have more “dates” with my kids and more quality time with my hubby, and of course bake a whole lot more.  You knew baking more was going to be on the list, right?

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