Soooo…yeah.  I’m not even sure what else to tell you about these cupcakes.  I think the pictures and the name pretty much speak for themselves.  A perfect chocolate cupcake topped with ganache and “frosting” that looks like a peanut butter cookie, has a texture similar to the filling of a buckeye, and tastes amazing.  That’s everything you need to know.  Make them this weekend.  Yes!

Okay, so here’s another thing you really need to know about – the lovely, wonderful cookbook these cupcakes came from.  My friend Alice is a fellow blogger at Savory Sweet Life.  Her blog has been a favorite of mine for a long time for the beautiful photography and reliably outstanding recipes.  When I heard she was publishing a cookbook, I was stoked.  When she asked if I wanted to review it, I was even more excited.  And then when I received the book, I immediately paged through it to find that I wanted to make about 98% of the recipes in it.  I actually did make three recipes within two days of opening the book, and are you really surprised that cupcakes were one of them?

There are a lot of things I love about this cookbook.  I could go on and on, but I won’t.  I’ll hit the highlights for you.  First, I really like the category layout of this book.  Instead of being separated into appetizers, main dishes, sides, etc., Alice has organized the recipes by occasion – for example, Sunday Mornings, Lunch Between Friends, Block Party, Potlucks, etc.  Since I am very fond of entertaining, I appreciate the emphasis on what dishes would work best for various occasions.  Second and probably most important, the recipes are mouth-wateringly yummy.  All the dishes are irresistible and inspired without feeling like they are trying too hard.  And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the stunning photography.  Alice’s photos portray the flavor and beauty of the dishes while still keeping them real and approachable.  The pages are studded with photos of her lovely family, which I of course love, being totally enamored with my own little family.  This cookbook is exactly what Alice intends – delicious recipes for everyday occasions.

Sound like a cookbook you want to own?  Good, because here’s your chance!  Head on over to the giveaway page to enter.  And if you had any doubt that this is a cookbook you need in your collection, just make the cupcakes and I’m sure you’ll be convinced.


For the cupcakes:

  • 1½ cups hot brewed coffee
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 12 tbsp. (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

For the ganache:

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream

For the peanut butter cookie frosting:

  • 9 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar


  • 01

    To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the hot brewed coffee and cocoa powder until dissolved.  Set aside.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugars.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Blend in the vanilla.

  • 02

    With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the coffee-cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Mix each addition just until incorporated, being careful not to overmix.  Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling each about two-thirds of the way full.  Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pans briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 03

    When the cupcakes are cool, make the ganache by placing the chopped chocolate in a small bowl.  Bring the cream to a simmer, pour over the chocolate, and let stand about 2 minutes.  Whisk together until a smooth ganache forms.  If needed, let cool briefly at room temperature to thicken slightly before using.

  • 04

    To make the peanut butter cookie frosting, combine the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high for 1 minute.  Turn off the mixer, add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix on low speed until fully incorporated.  Increase the speed to medium and mix until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture and use clean, dry hands to form it into a patty.  Use the tines of a fork to make the classic crisscross pattern on top of the “cookie”.  Repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture.

  • 05

    Use an offset spatula to spread a layer of ganache over the top of each cupcake.  Place a peanut butter “cookie” on top of each cupcake.

  • Oh yum, I do want to make these this weekend!

  • DIvinetrust

    lol when I saw the pic on facebook earlier I thought it looked like frosting and not a real cookie :)

  • Branny

    Man I had a crappy day yesterday and that cupcake would have turned my frown upside down. The inside of a buckeye??! Heaven on earth.

  • Holly

    oh my goodness, these cupcakes look delicious! I love LOVE the “cookie” on top. These may need to be in my near future.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These are so pretty! Awesome idea. I NEED that book!

  • I love it – a faux cookie topper. I was already sold, and then the comparison to buckeyes put me over the top….

  • Justeen

    I love the crisscross pattern on the peanut butter frosting! So perfect!

  • What awesome cupcakes! Peanut butter and chocolate is a favorite combination, and I’ve never seen frosting sculpted to look like a cookie. (It certainly fooled me on first glance.)

  • Sadie

    Buckeyes. Yum.

  • Kristin

    Wow! The thought of a peanut butter cookie on top of a cupcake turned me off a bit…I thought it would smack me in the nose as soon as I took a bite. I LOVE that this is frosting! It looks great!

  • Candicemselph

    OMG I need to make that soon! Ill have to mosey on over and check out that cookbook

  • These cupcakes look AWESOME. You can totally count on me baking these up on the first not-too-hot-to-bake day.

  • Amy J

    These cupcakes look sooo good. Can’t wait to make them! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kathryn Kardatzke

    When I read the title I literally said out loud, “Are you kidding me?!?” I’m so excited to make these for my chocolate peanut butter loving husband!

  • These cupcakes are brilliant! I love that it looks like a real peanut butter cookie on top.

  • Caroline L.

    These look delicious! I’ve been on a huge peanut butter kick lately, so this looks really amazing :)

  • Krysten

    These look great! I have a family get together this Sunday and I WILL be bringing these :) Happy Friday!

  • Shauna L.

    Holy moly. Those look amazing. I have GOT to find a reason to make those!

  • Wow, those look decadent! Holy cow!

  • Wow – these look amazing! I love the “cookie” on top!

  • I can’t get over the peanut butter cookie frosting!! It seriously looks like you place an actual cookie on top of the cupcake. You’ve got some serious skill Miss Annie! :)

  • Tiffany Brown

    Looks GREAT!!!! :-)

  • These are the most darling cupcakes, I was totally fooled into thinking it was an actual cookie on top!

  • This recipe is so fun, it never ceases to amaze me how creative people are! Can’t wait to check out this book, I love her blog and the book sounds incredible!

  • Mary

    I totally thought that was a pb cookie on top!! Can’t wait to make these! :)

  • Tina Phillips


  • Wow, Annie, you did awesome with these cupcakes! I can’t wait to get Alice’s book :) It’s great I can try these a tad early!

  • That frosting looks just like a real cookie – I can’t get over it. How talented! I could never make these cupcakes look that good. I can’t wait to find a reason to make these!

  • Oh my Gosh!! The cupcakes look Aaaaaammmmmmmmaaaaazzzzzing!!

  • These look incredible, what a creative way to do the icing! Can’t wait to try these.

  • These cupcakes really do sound amazing! & your praise for the cupcakes and books makes me want them even MORE!

  • Beth

    I want to make these for my husbands birthday but we don’t drink coffee. What can I use instead of the coffee? Thanks

  • The PB cookie frosting sounds & looks amazing!

  • Sarah (Songbird Sweets)

    YUM!!! these look amazing! i cannot wait to try them…and i love that little “cookie” on top! what a great idea!

  • Slnelson1

    I made these last night and just had one for breakfast! They are delicious… my peanut butter “cookies” don’t look nearly as pretty as yours but they’re still very tasty!

  • Megco320

    This looks amazing! Especially the cookie frosting, can’t wait to make this.

  • Would love to have this book! I love her!

  • These look amazing by the way…

  • Love this recipe! Such nice presentation for something that isn’t super hard to make. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Gina Iampolsky

    Oh my goodness, this look gorgeous. Is so original.I will definitely have to try these.Thanks for sharing….Happy weekend

  • Kalee

    I would lve to try these but I don’t drink coffee and don’t even have a coffee pot! Is there something I can substitute to keep the consistency and taste? Expresso powder?

  • annieseats

    You won’t taste the coffee and can use coffee made with instant coffee powder if you don’t have a coffee pot. I don’t have a coffee pot either.

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions. Thanks!

  • These cupcakes look fabulous! I love the look of the frosting, especially.

  • Retha Traylor

    Think I’ll have to make these, today…thanks to tropical storm Debbie!

  • Aecoaker

    These were outstanding. My 2.5 year old really enjoyed helping make the peanut butter cookie frosting. One suggestion I have for other readers is to chill the peanut butter frosting briefly before working with it. Made it much easier to work with! Great recipe, thanks for

  • Megan Sargeant

    What a fun way to frost! Just wanted to let you know of a typo . . should say when the cupcakes are cool, not cook. Thanks Annie for a great blog and for somehow having time to be a doctor, mom, friend, wife, and ridiculous blogger/photographer. They must have 50 hour days where you live . .

  • Victoria

    I made this yesterday and they were a HUGE hit! The recipe was very easy to follow and the cupcakes taste absolutely amazing. Thanks for another great recipe! :)

  • Oh my, I HAVE to make these! They look so yummy…and the cookie frosting on top looks like a real peanut butter cookie!


  • Laurie Parrett

    These are awesome! I made them for my fiance’s birthday tomorrow…he is the biggest peanut butter fan I know and is going to die. He likes white/yellow cake more than chocolate, so for the base, I used yellow butter cake (which you have in a previous post.) The delicious pb/choc combo is still intact, and I like how the lighter yellow cake kind of offset the richness of the ganache. Thanks Annie!

  • Amanda

    those look amazing i would never think of doing that!

  • Aejturner

    I tried these cupcakes today, and didn’t have the best of luck. The flavor was amazing (probably because of the coffee), but they ran over the edges and sank in the middle. On the next batch I filled them half full, and they still sank really badly in the middle. I don’t think it’s worth icing them, because they also stick to the paper.
    I’m wondering it’s somehow due to increased elevation? I live in Boulder, and sometimes things are hit and miss because of that. Anyway, if you are baking at higher altitude, maybe rethink the measurements.

  • Caitlin

    What if you don’t drink coffee for your religion…have you ever heard of a substitute?

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions. Thanks!

  • Scarlett in FL

    Can’t wait to make these and really appreciate all the hints and tips–they look yummy!
    Thank U for sharing – love your website.
    Scarlett in FL

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Just made these for a bake sale at work and after “testing” one for flavor all I can say is “wow”! They are awesome and sure to delight anyone who is in love with the chocolate/peanut butter combination. The peanut butter cookie frosting tastes just like peanut butter fudge. I only ate 1/2 a cupcake and I found it to be a fully satisfying treat after lunch. Put this thing on plate though, and eat it like a piece of cake because I think it would make a mess if you tried to eat it with your hands like a normal cupcake.

  • Shana

    I made these this past weekend and they are good, just not my favorite cupcake. The best part was the peanut butter icing, SO good :) I couldn’t get my “cookies” to look near as perfect as yours though lol. It did help to put the icing in the fridge to help make the cookies.

  • Guest

    Annie, I can’t wait to try these. Two of my favorite flavors. Thanks for sharing.

  • mary

    Very yummy and so moist… not too sweet! All my favorite ingredients – coffee, chocolate, sugar and peanut butter :) Had challenges getting the peanut butter topping to cooperate (maybe too soft) so made thick star and heart shapes with cut-outs. This is a keeper!

  • Roxane Rushton

    I have made this cake many times before and it has always stayed fresh for at least 4 days but I always keep it in the fridge I was wondering if it had to be left untouched but at room temp for the same amount of time would it still be fresh?
    Thanks Roxane

  • Katrina Ann Magbitang

    I love this cupcake (and so did my coworkers)! Some things I did for the frosting: I pre-measured the patties and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. Then I proceeded to make the patties, making sure my hands are clean and dry all the time (maybe after 4 patties I rewashed and dried my hands). My coworkers were so surprised with the frosting. That made the labor worth it! Thanks Annie! Oh, and ordering the cookbook right now :)

  • annieseats

    So glad you enjoyed them! In the future, just add a bit more powdered sugar to firm up the frosting mixture and then you can avoid the hassle of chilling it, etc.

  • Katrina Ann Magbitang

    I thought of doing that but the flavor was already on point, I was afraid I’ll ruin it by making it too sweet. I’ll try adding a quarter cup of powdered sugar next time and see where that takes me.

  • annieseats

    Adding a little bit to adjust the consistency won’t hurt. Since this measurement is by volume, my 1 cup (or whatever) might be a little different than yours. So, I would attribute the differences to that and think there is some wiggle room in adding the powdered sugar.