Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeye Cupcakes

🧁 Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeye Cupcakes! 🥜🍫

📝 Ingredients:

• For the Cupcakes:
• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 cup water
• ⅓ cup vegetable oil
• 1 tsp white vinegar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• For the Peanut Butter Filling:
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter
• ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• A pinch of salt
• For the Chocolate Ganache:
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• ½ cup heavy cream
• Optional toppings: Mini peanut butter cups, crushed peanuts, or chocolate sprinkles

👩‍🍳 Directions:

. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a cupcake pan with liners.
. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
. Add water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until the batter is smooth and lump-free.
. Fill each cupcake liner ⅔ full with the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let them cool completely.
. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the peanut butter filling. In a mixing bowl, combine creamy peanut butter, softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix until it forms a smooth, creamy filling.
. Once the cupcakes are cooled, use a piping bag to fill each cupcake with the peanut butter mixture. You can also create a well in the center of each cupcake and spoon in the filling.
. Now, let’s make the chocolate ganache. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the heavy cream until it’s hot but not boiling. Pour it over the semisweet chocolate chips and let it sit for a minute, then stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is glossy.
. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate ganache, allowing any excess to drip off.
. Optional: Top with mini peanut butter cups, crushed peanuts, or chocolate sprinkles for extra flavor and texture.
. Chill the cupcakes in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set the ganache.
. Serve and enjoy these decadent Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeye Cupcakes! 🎉

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