Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Muffins

Okay, I've said several magic words in that title, haven't I??? Chocolate ... peanut butter ... crunch ... muffins. Important tastes, textures, and treats!

I was in the mood to christen my new oven, and what better way than baking with chocolate?

So I took the basic recipe for the Chocolate Almond Loaf Breads I'd made at Christmas, and added a bit of a twist. I didn't have any amaretti to crumble on top for some crunch; so I took the last 2 peanut butter wafer cookies I had in my cupboard -- those addictive things that are crisp and coated in chocolate, with the layers of peanut butter filling -- and crushed them instead.

And let me tell you, it was a fine substitution! Truly, these were exceptional -- moist and tender, with the contrasting crispness of the cookie crumbs on top. The flavor was extraordinary -- rich and luscious. I tried the first one while it was still warm, so the chocolate chips were even melted ... sigh.

Bake these, and fall in love with them ... :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Muffins

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1-3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 chocolate-covered peanut butter wafer cookies, crushed

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter; add eggs and mix well.

Combine milk and vinegar; pour into batter and combine well.

Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and divide batter among the muffin cups.

Sprinkle the wafer cookie crumbs over the tops of the muffins.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester inserted into the muffins comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.

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Candace said...

I don't think there is a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter and I love that you used the wafer cookies. They are some of my favorites. You have combined so many yummy elements in these muffins. They had to have been simply divine. I'm saving this recipe to try when life settles down for me. Yum!

Jenn said...

Ok, yes, I would like to eat the whole lot of them...is that wrong? Well, then, as corny as it sounds, I don't ever want to be right!! Those sound (and look) incredible!!!

Dan said...

those just look plain awesome! Wow.

Sweetie1313 said...

I might just have to make these for my husband - they look delicious! I love the name of your blog, you sound like me, hehe! Newest follower, found you through Tuesday Blog Hop - feel free to follow back.


Patricia said...

Yum!!!!! You have a great blog!
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Meaghan Luby said...

peanut/choco/heaven. thank you so so much for sharing! love this, love you, love your blog! ha. it's a party. i'll keep you updated if i make this!
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Beth Zimmerman said...

Oh my goodness! Heaven in a muffin tin!

Mary said...

These look delicious, Mary. I'd love to have one with my coffee. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

NANCY said...

Those look so good...I think I'm gonna have to make them tomorrow!

Hope you're having fantastic Tuesday!


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Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

You had me at Chocolate :-D

Thanks so much for joining the Tuesday Train!

Look forward to you visiting again soon!

Cranberry Morning said...

'Chocolate' caught my attention, 'peanut butter' held it as I read further, but 'crunch' sealed the deal. These look and sound fabulous, Mary!

Nikki said...

Oh wow, those look awesomely delicious!!! Now I'm hungry, lol. I'm stopping by and following from the Middle Matters hop.


The Better Baker said...

Oh how I love your creativity! I would absolutely go 'nuts' over this combo. I love muffins too. So glad you shared. My first time here - your header is adorable too.

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I'm in love! Seriously, I would do just about anything for one of these right now.

I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/05/12/peanut-butter-cup-caramel-bars/

Jeanie said...

Are you sure you can call these muffins and not cupcakes:). Look awesome.

Goddess of Baking said...

These look amazing! I love muffins and this recipe just moved its way to the top of my to-bake list!! Also i am your newest follower... i love your blog!

April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Oh my! Your muffins look incredible. I really need to make these very soon! Than you for sharing such a delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

Lovely Light said...

These look so good! I have been craving peanut butter flavored sweets- but I have not found even one thing in South Africa that is peanut butter flavored! They have peanut butter- but sell nothing with it in it!

P.S. I found you through the Social Parade!

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