Is it a muffin or is it a cupcake? Seriously, who cares? These babies are amazing! Anything that combines chocolate and peanut butter is a winner in my book. These chocolate peanut butter muffins have a creamy cheesecake peanut butter center surrounded by a delicious chocolate outside. Have them for breakfast, or for dessert. Just have them!
I have been on a cheesecake baking frenzy lately. I have tried it in just about every kind of recipe you can think of. Today, it’s muffin time!
Let’s Make some Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins!
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These delicious muffins are made in two steps. The cheesecake and peanut butter center is made in about a minute or so in the microwave. It’s creamy and silky and full of the taste of peanuts. Since I am a die hard peanut butter fanatic, I know that I will love this part of the recipe.
The rest of these chocolate peanut butter muffins is rich and chocolatey and goes under and over the peanut butter center. Just spoon it into the prepared muffin cups, add the peanut butter center and top with more of the batter.
Tip: I have an awful time getting divided muffin batter into muffin cups without making a mess. I’ve tried small scoops, large scoops, silicone spoons. Today I put all of the chocolate batter into an icing bag, snipped off a good chunk of the end. Voila. Neat, tidy and no mess at all. Why did I not think of this before?
And as if the chocolate and peanut butter aren’t enough of a combination. These amazing muffins get a topping of English Toffee bits for a bit of extra crunch. I am seriously in wonderment about how to serve these. They LOOK like a muffin, right? They taste like a cupcake, except there is no frosting. Well maybe if you count the center, you could say that is frosting but that is a bit like playing with semantics. But those flavors? OH MY YES! I think it is safe to say that these are an anytime treat.
Time to taste the love!
Just one bite of these amazing chocolate peanut butter cheesecake muffins and you’ll be hooked. What I like most about these muffins is the texture. The topping is slightly crunchy and the chocolate part is a bit cakey. But when your taste buds hit that center cheesecake layer? Man alive. That is something else. It is silky smooth and softer than the muffin part. It has everything that a muffin/cupcake/cheesecake should have, all rolled into one delicious creation. I think I’ll call this a Chuffcake. That should cover all my bases! I love the way these muffins look in my dark chocolate muffin liners.
Nothing beats a delicious muffin/cupcake in the morning… or afternoon… or anytime for that matter, right? Go on, I dare you. Have just one!
For more delicious muffins, be sure to visit my Breakfast Recipes board on Pinterest.
For the Peanut Butter Filling
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- ½ cup Jif low fat peanut butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
For the Muffins
- ½ cup canola oil
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup sour cream
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp pink sea salt
- 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips divided
- ½ cups of Heath English Toffee Bits
- Preheat oven to 350 º F Line 22 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Set aside
- Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10 second intervals until it is well combined and easy to stir.
- Stir in granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the oil, sugar, and milk. Beat in eggs and vanilla until the mixture is well combined and smooth.
- Gently fold in the sour cream until the mixture is just-combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
- Fold the flour mixture gently into the wet mixture, stirring until just barely combined. Add in 1½ cup of the chocolate chips.
- Place the chocolate muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin so that they are just ½ full.
- Add a heaped spoonful of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate batter and then cover with more of the chocolate batter so that the muffin cups are ¾ full.
- Sprinkle tops of muffins with the English Toffee bits.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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