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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

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Peanut Butter; one of my favorite things!  When I saw that it was peanut butter day, I knew I HAD to make something!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes (Recipe From: Cupcakes by Susannah Blake):

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoons Milk

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

Peanut Butter Frosting:

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1 Cup Peanut Butter

2 Cups Powdered Sugar

3 Tablespoons Milk

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Chocolate Cupcakes:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Soften the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds on high.  Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

4. Mix in the flour and the milk until creamy.  Beat in the cocoa powder and the vanilla extract.

5. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners.  Only fill the liners 2/3 full of batter.

6. Bake for 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.

7. Remove the cupcakes from the oven.  Let the cupcakes cool completely!

Peanut Butter Frosting:

1. In a bowl melt the butter in a microwave for 30 seconds on high.

2. Mix the peanut butter in with the butter.

3. Beat in the powdered sugar.

4. Gradually beat in the milk, one tablespoon at a time.

5. Beat until smooth and creamy.

6. Pipe onto completely cooled cupcakes!

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Energy Bars

I love granola and energy bars.  They are small so you can take them just about anywhere for a quick pick-me-up.  I once worked at a Great Harvest Bread Company store, and we used to make some very tasty bars.  My favorite was the Trek Bar.  I considered trying to duplicate it, but was unable to find some of the ingredients at my local grocery store.  I hope to make it sometime in the future, once I can find all the ingredients.  Instead I made up my own bar with all the ingredients that I enjoy!


1/3 c. Walnuts

1/2 c. Mixed Dried Fruit

2 c. Granola or Puffed Cereal

1/2 c. Honey

1 c. Chunky Peanut Butter

1 tsp. Honey

**Note: You can change the walnuts to any other type of nut you like.  The same goes for the dried fruit. Just make sure to keep it dried, so that the bars will last longer.


1. Put the nuts, fruit, and cereal into a bowl and mix.

2. Put the 1/2 cup honey and 1 cup peanut butter into a sauce pan.

3. Stir on medium heat until honey and peanut butter combine until the relatively smooth.

4. Mix the cereal mixture and honey mixture together.

5. Add the 1 tsp honey to the mixture and stir.

  • Note: This extra honey is to help with the stickiness of the bar.  It’ll help keep all the parts together.

6. Scrap the mixture into a small pan.  Flatten with a spatula.

7. Put in the freezer for 10-20 minutes.

8. Take out and cut into bars.

9. Wrap bars in Seran-Wrap or Wax Paper. You can also put them in small sandwich bags.

10. Store in freezer until ready for use.

  • This will help keep the bars’ shape and from falling apart.

11. Enjoy while on an adventure or just as a tasty snack!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookies and is so simple to make.  As an added bonus there is no bake time required.  Meaning that during the summer you don’t have to wait around the hot oven!  I changed this recipe a little from a previous time I made it. Instead of using smooth peanut butter I used chunky.  I really like this adaptation.  I think cookies taste even better this way!


1/2 c. Unsalted Butter

4 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/2 c. Milk

2 c. Sugar

3 c. Rolled Oats

1 c. Chunky Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Wax or Parchment Paper


1. In a sauce pan boil the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and milk.  Let boil for 1 minute.

2. Take sauce pan off the heat and stir in vanilla, oats, and peanut butter.

3. Lay out some wax or parchment paper.

4. Spoon medium to small amount onto the paper.

5. Let the cookies cool so they become mostly hardened.

6. With a spatula remove the cookies from the paper.   You’ll know they are ready when they are still a bit soft if you try to pick them up with your hands from the paper, but when after removing the cookies from the paper with the spatula they still retain their shape.

7. Enjoy!