Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes Recipe

Hayley Parker | The Domestic Rebel

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes are for the peanut butter and chocolate lover. You'll be smitten!

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

    18 Servings


  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix, Plus ingredients on back of box
  • 1 package Sugar Free Fat Free Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 2 sticks Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate Sauce, Like sundae sauce or chocolate syrup


For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line 2 muffin tins with about 18 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Portion the cake batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling tins about 3/4 of the way full.
  4. 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.

For the Cookie Dough:

  1. 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.
  2. Add in the flour, about a cup at a time, until a soft cookie dough has formed.
  3. 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.
  4. Garnish with a peanut butter cup half, then drizzle with sauce.
  5. Serve immediately, or store leftovers airtight in the fridge for up to 2 days.


  • I halved each miniature peanut butter cup, so I only used 9.


Cooking Method:
Cookie Dough
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18 cupcakes
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Author: Hayley Parker
Recipe Yields: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cupcake
Servings Per Recipe 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 133
Calories 359

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 25mg
Total Carbohydrate 47g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 15g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Hayley Parker

About Hayley

Hayley is known for over-the-top desserts of all kinds on her blog, The Domestic Rebel. Since she's fanatical about cookie dough, she's our cookie dough fanatic!

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