Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes

So I told you guys I would fill you in all about my first day of school.

Well, nothing really interesting happened. Besides the fact I was ten minutes late for just about every class since I had no idea where I was going. It was pretty much repetition in every class. The teachers talked about the basis of the class and then everyone introduced themselves and said why they were there.

Example: my names Chloe. I’m here to get a business degree. Then, I’m going to culinary school to become a pastry chef and hopefully own my own bakery.

As for my teachers- one is brilliant, one is a kook, one is old fashioned, and one is full of themselves but that’s just judging them on first impressions. Anyways, I’m excited to get my degree, get my knowledge up, and get out of there as soon as possible so I can be at culinary school!

Also, Isaac you really don’t have to hit us. Really. Ok, now on to these drool-worthy cupcakes.

It’s a peanut butter cupcake with a pretzel crust, filled with chocolate ganache, topped with chocolate frosting and garnished with pretzel crumbs and oh my goodness. Absolutely amazing.

Salty and sweet + chocolate and peanut butter are two amazing combinations. And they’re both together in one moist, hand-held sweet treat. The pretzel crust makes a pleasant crunchy and buttery addition. The cupcake has an essence of peanut butter with a luscious chocolate filled center. The frosting is so smooth and velvet-y that I’m seriously considering making in a pretzel dip.

SERIOUSLY. Pretzels dipped in this frosting is so good beyond belief. Well, really the whole cupcake is unbelievably delicious. You need this cupcake in your life, just letting you know.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes:
Ingredients: (makes 24)

For the pretzel crust-
1 1/2 cups salted pretzels, crushed
6 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the cupcake-
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (OR 1 1/2 cups milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice stirred in)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs

For the ganache filling-
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream

For the chocolate frosting-
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
5 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups milk
1 cup crushed pretzels, for topping

First, start with the pretzel crust. Process the pretzels in a food processor. Melt the 6 tablespoons of butter in the microwave (keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t scorch) and pour over the crushed pretzels until evenly coated. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spoon a tablespoon of the pretzel mixture into each liner, set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 F degrees. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda, set aside. In a large bowl beat together the peanut butter, brown sugar, oil, and applesauce until combined. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition, set aside. Measure out the buttermilk/milk + lemon juice in a measuring up and stir in the vanilla. Add even amounts of the flour mixture and the milk mixture alternatively into the peanut butter/brown sugar mixture, beating in between the addition of each until it forms smooth mixture. Fill the liners with the batter using a regular sized ice cream scoop (or 2/3 of the way full) and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Let cool completely then using a sharp knife, cut a small hole in the center of each cupcake about 3/4 of the way being careful not to cut to the bottom. Set aside. In a double broiler heat together the 1 cup of chocolate chips and heavy cream. Stir often and be careful not to scorch. Once it’s a smooth combined mixture, set aside to cool. Once completely cooled spoon the ganache into the center hole into the cupcake until it’s filled to the top. To make the chocolate butter cream, melt the 2 1/2 cups of chocolate chips in the microwave then set aside to cool completely. In a large bowl beat (on HIGH speed) the butter, sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla together until fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). While beating (on LOW speed), pour in the cooled melted chocolate until completely combined into the frosting. Frost the cupcakes, garnish with extra crushed pretzels, and enjoy!

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  1. OMG these literally look like the best things i’ve ever seen in my life

  2. these look SO GOOD!! pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate is one of my favorite combos – i dip pretzels in PB and top them with chocolate chips all the time!

  3. these look unreal! and your photography is becoming better and better!

  4. Pretzels, chocolate, and peanut butter are the best combo ever! Hearing about your first day of classes made me laugh. When I went to college I got so excited, I was like, this is going to be so different than high school! Then on the first day, it was more or less just like the first day of high school.

    • Haha I was beyond nervous! I was like I don’t wanna goooo but it ended up not being too bad. It seems way more laid back than high school though.

  5. Umm…you don’t even need college when you’re making stuff as amazing as this! These look INCREDIBLE. So much good stuff in one cupcake…it’s too good to be true!

  6. OMG these look amazing! I love the pretzel crust on the bottom, so creative! The first day of classes is always lame like that, hopefully the rest of the semester is more interesting though.

  7. Chocolate, PB and pretzels… triple yum! In a cupcake… decadent. These look amazing.

  8. Looks absolutely delicious! I reckon I could eat about 20 of them.

  9. Oh my, you had me at “filled with chocolate ganache”! They look just fantastic Chloe :-) I’m really glad your first day went well, I hope your classes are interesting and your teachers turn out to be good!

    • Thanks Sophie! I know- this is actually my first time making ganache and I’m addicted! I’m definitely putting it in every cupcake now :)

  10. this is literally my favorite combination of flavors EVER! and when i got to the picture of the ganache filling…omg

  11. literally my fav combination of flavors EVER. and when i scrolled down to the picture of ganache filling…omg

  12. These look yuuuuummmmmyyy! Anything chocolate peanut butter but, these, these are what dreams are made of! :-D

  13. oh my gosh these look AMAZING! i love love love that combination of sweet and salty, definitely bookmarking this!


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