For argument’s sake.

Let’s pretend that tomorrow at approximately 6pm, you had to squeeze yourself into a SIZE TWO.  (yes. ONE plus ONE = TINY)  Brown, shiny, highly form fitting Calvin Klein dress.

To go to a formal. With the boy who you made sweet potato pesto lasagna rolls for last week.




And, you know….hypothetically speaking.

Could you please explain why, instead of going on a cabbage diet or some kind of juice cleanse detox like any sane and rational human being would do for at least the month before (okay, so…you totally did make a dish with cabbage in it last week. Baby steps)…you were in the kitchen making CUPCAKES with PEANUT BUTTER and JELLY and CHOCOLATE and everything else that is good and right in this world?

You could at least have been baking things that you knew you wouldn’t love with the fiery passion of a thousand suns!!! At. Least.


I am an enigma even to myself sometimes.

I mean…my “friend” of a “friend” who all of this babbling nonsense is totally about is an enigma even to myself sometimes.

Seriously…she’s such a weirdo.


So…to sum everything up.

These are crack. You should make them immediately.  Amen.

Oh and…if you could think skinny, size two thoughts for my “friend” of a “friend” at approximately six pm eastern standard time tomorrow (Saturday) which is when my…err…”her” zipper will be being…zipped.  We would really appreciate it.

And PS – for the peanut allergic out there…these can totally be made with sunflower butter!  DO IT.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache
Makes 2 dozen, adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes and Smitten Kitchen


For the Cupcakes


    • 1 3/4 cups AP flour
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/3 cups sugar
    • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter, preferably natural-style
    • 3 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
    • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted roasted peanuts
    • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves (I use Bonne Maman…because what else is there, really?)

For the Frosting:

  • 6 oz lowfat cream cheese
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (NOT natural this time)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


For the Ganache:

  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream



For the Cupcakes:

    1. Preheat oven to 375,  Line muffin tins with paper liners.  Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
    2. Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Reduce speed to low and mix in peanut butter.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated (about 30 seconds each) and scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Mix in vanilla.  Gradually add the flour and beat until just combined.  Mix in the greek yogurt and peanuts.
    3. Divide batter evenly among the lined cups, filling each until 3/4 full.  Bake, rotating tins halfway, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 22 minutes).  Transfer tins to wire racks and cool completely before removing cupcakes.
    4. When cupcakes are completely cool, use a knife to cut a shallow circle in the tops of the cupcakes (go about halfway down the cupcake). Pop out the cylinder you just made.  Try not to eat all 22 of them.  And fill them with the preserves.

For the Frosting:

  • With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Add salt and peanut butter and beat to combine.  Beat in vanilla.
  • In another bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk cream until medium-stiff peaks form.  Fold the cream into the peanut butter mixture.


For the Ganache:

  • In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, combine the chocolate, peanut butter, and corn syrup.  Cook, whisking often, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the heavy cream.  Place in the fridge.  Stir every ten minutes until chocolate on the outside of the bowl starts to set.  Spoon about 1 tbsp ganache onto the center of each cupcake (on top of the jelly!).  Using a 1M Wilton tip, pipe the peanut butter frosting in a circle around the ganache.


This post has been submitted to Project PB&J – a blogger cooking contest celebrating National PB&J Day!


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111 Responses to Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

  1. Simply Life says:

    oooh- have so much fun on your date!!! can’t wait to hear about it! And I hope afterwards, you can eat least one of these for dessert!

  2. Amazing dessert
    I’ve heard that some people eat whole jars of peanut butter so having these cupcakes instead seems like an excellent alternative. Cupcake is mainly air and air had zero calories:)

  3. These rock my socks for sure. That filling is making me swoon!

  4. Johanna GGG says:

    isn’t there underwear that holds in the pb and j cupcakes so you can get the zipper done up 🙂 or so I hear! I just prefer cupcakes to size 2 dresses myself! just like these ones

  5. OohLookBel says:

    You’re so talented in the cupcake-making department, I’m jealous. Also jealous that you are size TWO, but hoping you have a fantastic night tomorrow!

  6. Your friend is totally going to have an amazing time tomorrow night and look GORGEOUS! And these cupcakes look better than I imagined!

  7. Beth says:

    Making cupcakes in the face of an impending zipper is exactly the kind of thing I’d do. How could anyone say no to these?

  8. Claudie says:

    When I saw your tweet about those cupcakes last night, I already knew you had come up with something really delicious. But, wow. This is actually even better than I imagined. First of all, your cupcakes are incredibly beautiful. I love, love, love the combination of your peanut butter frosting with the ganache in the middle. It just looks perfect.
    But then, I see the picture of the cut cupcake with the preserves in the middle, and then… it becomes even better than perfect? Can’t quite explain it.
    Wonderful creation!

  9. Adrienne says:

    You are a cruel/genius woman for introducing these in my life. I foresee six cupcake eating binges in my future. Have fun at your formal!

  10. Amy says:

    Do you know that stores now carry size 0? SIZE 0? Are those people invisible?? Anyway, so you know right when I saw these cupcakes and whimpered at the amazing photo, knowing they have no place in my life, I thought “sunflower butter perhaps?” I know that last line was in there for me, right? Am I right?? 😉 Have fun tomorrow!!

  11. Mary says:

    Have a great time at the event. The cupcakes look wonderful, but they can be frozen for Cinderella to eat when she returns from the ball :-). Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  12. Ben says:

    I rather enjoy this amazing cupcakes than trying to fit in a size 2 dress! Although I know I’d look amazing! :-p

  13. Megan says:

    I didn’t even need to read past the title to know that I would definitely need to make these. They look to die for!

  14. Mary says:

    Oh, my goodness! These look insanely delicious. Have fun tonight! I’m sure you’ll look fabulous in that dress!

  15. Size two and cupcakes? The cupcakes could happen for me, maybe two cupcakes, but I’m never a size two, LOL!
    Have fun! Those cupcakes look fantastic!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I LOVE the design of these. So fun.

  17. Ranjani says:

    Have fun at the formal! I love me some pb&j – will have to try it in cupcake form!

  18. You had me at peanut butter. Then jelly. Then cupcakes. But then you added peanut butter chocolate ganache?!?! Geeeez. 😉

  19. What a gorgeous and yummy cupcake! Really, I need one, pronto. Please send me a dozen and I will love you forever! You hit 3 of my favorite things here, chocolate, peanut butter and raspberries. The cupcakes are my version of heaven. Sigh…

  20. Lyndsey says:

    OMG you’ve really brought these cupcakes over the top! Yes, crack indeed! Good luck getting into that size 2!! 🙂

  21. These cupcakes look totally mouthwatering, Joanne! What a fun flavor and beautiful photos to accompany the recipe. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

  22. Margarita says:

    I’m a size one or two… nothing really fits me well because a one is a little too skimpy and a too is a little too big. But you know what Miss runner woman, you will look gorgeous and will knock him off his feet. If anything, you can always invite him over for a late tea with these cupcakes. I want these…

  23. Kelsey says:

    HAVE a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sending skinny thoughts your way!

  24. Jenna says:

    You sure know how to make my eyes light up on a grey and rainy Friday morning.
    And we need PICTURE of this “friend” in her little brown dress. Please. I know you don’t usually post pictures of your . . . “friend” . . . but I want to SEE!! =)

  25. Oh my gosh, these are BEYOND adorable! Way to make a favorite lunch into a tasty treat 🙂 I love all your baking!

  26. Ugh. Those are beautiful. I have to say, I’m having a hard time faulting you. Her. You. uuuuhhhhh…anyway. Have a blast! And size 2? What. Ever. (I’ve never worn that size in my life.) =)

  27. Joanne, you are too funny. Glad things are going well with your new boy! 🙂

  28. Laura says:

    Hello…YUM!!! I think I will try making these amazing treats with an AP GF flour blend. Now this is a fabulous way to start the weekend!

  29. Definitely everything good in the world! Have fun at your formal, I mean hope your friend enjoys her date!

  30. oh yum, your cupcakes look gorgeous! I wouldnt mind a few right now. ^.^

  31. Lynn says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm! I hope you have fun at the formal! Your dress sounds beautiful – and you’ll look beautiful in it.

  32. oh i see this in my immediate future- as in like this afternoon!

  33. Holy, these look amazing. I’m crazy about anything pb+j and the ganache is just incredible 😀

  34. london bakes says:

    Oh goodness, these cupcakes look amazing and so beautifully decorated. Have fun tomorrow night!

  35. Epicurea says:

    oh i am absolutely sure that you are going to look even more fabulous than these cupcakes tomorrow :-)!!

  36. Barbara says:

    Now those are really looking good, Joanne! I’ve made pb&j bars, pb&j cookies, but never cupcakes. Copied it already!

  37. Oh how I love your honesty and adventures, darling. 🙂 No doubt with all your running you will shimmy right into that dress and look FANTASTIC!!!

  38. Those work for me! Wow, they look so good. Good luck your, um, friend with the zipper 😉 Have fun!!

  39. Saguna says:

    Where have these babies been all my life? Gob-smacked, literally. Yes indeed, PB&J on crack. Have a lovely date tomorrow Joanne, thinking good thoughts for you and that dress!

  40. Erica says:

    They look amazing!!!Ha a great time!

  41. I feel totally American looking at these cupcakes! I want one right now, they’re beautiful!

  42. Oh my goodness how delicious these look!! I think it would be hard to eat just one of them!!

  43. Chris says:

    “Let’s pretend that tomorrow at approximately 6pm, you had to squeeze yourself into a SIZE TWO. (yes. ONE plus ONE = TINY) Brown, shiny, highly form fitting Calvin Klein dress.”

    Now THAT is a hilarious thought!

    Alexis loves these cupcakes, she just looked at them and is ready to make them.

  44. Donna says:

    You are an ENIGMA. Sane people would never try to fit into a size 2 and make these. But You. You not only do it, you ADMIT it. You Go Girl.

  45. Sarah says:

    beautiful! you and the cupcakes 🙂

  46. Katie says:

    Ooh! What a fun treat to make. I love that circle of chocolate ganache on top. I’m glad you indulged all of our cravings for more chocolate and peanut butter treats!

  47. Hovkonditorn says:

    These are so beautiful and lovely flavors are used!

  48. Pam says:

    Okay, what date number is this? Is he a keeper? Have a fun time and I KNOW for a fact that you WILL fit into that dress. Positive thinking is the way to go.

    I also know for a fact that I will be making these for my children someday and if they are lucky, I won’t eat them all. :0

  49. Between size two and cupcakes maybe the latter is more realistic and the former is more of a dream haha. but your cupcakes look dreamy too especially that whirl of peanut butter and the jelly..yum1
    waving hello from the philippines,

  50. nice blog posting. I like it to stop here and read your articles

  51. It’s peanut buttah jelly time! Girrrrrrrl, you, I mean your “friend,” is cuh-razy. Good luck fitting into the size 2!! lol. As for these cupcakes, I’m sold. Pinned them! Have fun on your date!

  52. Lora says:

    These look fantastic!

  53. Hotly Spiced says:

    What an original cupcake recipe! These look stunning Joanne. I love them and want to try them immediately. Oh, but were you able to fit into that size 2 dress? xx

  54. Hannah says:

    Now that sounds like something I’d do, too, especially for cupcake this good. I often have trouble deciding between peanut butter + chocolate and peanut butter + jam, so what a way to solve the problem! It’s a beautiful union of the three.

  55. I am speechless. Really…where to start…I always have a soft spot for those sexy swirls and peanut butter…now you have combined them into could I not love it!

  56. Debbie says:

    What a gorgeous cupcake and it looks irresistable. I especially like that you added raspberry preserves. Soooo good!

  57. Kathy says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous…How could you….your friend resist! I’m sure one cupcake won’t sabotage your evening!

  58. Monet says:

    I agree…these look like crack to me. I’m baking cakes for a birthday party, and I’m having to resist with all my strength! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl. I hope you are having a blessed Saturday!

  59. Dining Alone says:

    Good luck, I could get my leg into that dress 😉 The cupcakes look amazing.

  60. Suzi says:

    Oh my gosh these are killer, what beautiful photos and I really would love to eat one NOW. Hope you have a wonderful time in your size 2 dress. Amazing.

  61. Rosemary says:

    Won’t my grandsons — and their parents, and their grandparents — be happy with these! Happy birthday, boys!

  62. Foodycat says:

    She may be a wierdo but your “friend” makes a damn fine cupcake! Have a good time tonight (how useful to be a doctor when your date’s eyes pop out of his head at the sight of you in a slinky dress).

  63. Joanne that is a BEAUTIFUL cupcake. I am emailing your address – mail me one j/k (half serious!!). Have a great time on your date tonight!

  64. There’s no way these could suck. Peanut butter, chocolate and jam. Hello, come to momma!

  65. Mo 'Betta says:

    Size TWO?! I hate you. Just kidding. Have a fan-tabulous time!

  66. These cupcakes are beyond heaven itself – Encompassing the best of all worlds for sure 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  67. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, My advice…be happy… don’t fret about a size 2 dress…I would get a nice new dress and enjoy myself…besides I think that real skinny look is sooo yesterday.
    I would simply adore these cupcakes! I love peanut butter and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so I think a cupcake of peanut butter and jelly would be wonderful.
    Blessings dear and have fun. Catherine xoxo

  68. My god you’ve really done it now. Peanut butter. Chocolate. Jelly. Cupcake…Obviously I am speechless.

    I hope your date went very well, I am sure you looked fabulous!

  69. Gourmantine says:

    I’m afraid the idea of having to squeeze into size two is too terrifying (and painful) to even think about it, I think I’d just stick with these gorgeous cupcakes!

  70. Reeni says:

    I’ve had these marked to make forever! I don’t know why I waited! They’re insane. I might have to stay up all night baking!

  71. Bob says:

    What. Those look incredible, I’d say it’s worth the risk. But then I probably haven’t been able to fit into a size 2 dress since I was 2. Not that I’ve tried of course… *shifty eyes*

  72. Tessa says:

    Hope the formal was fabulous (and I’m sure you looked great!). Love the cupcakes. Nothing wrong with a little pb&j.

  73. MM says:

    Sooooo…all zipped up?
    My favorite part is that excellent, perfect little circle of chocolate.

  74. daphne says:

    ooo la la! that is one sexy cupcake out there- especially when you did a cross section of it.. I could eat the screen!

  75. Kevin says:

    PB & Chocolate! What a great flavour combo for cupcakes!

  76. I dont know what size you are or what size I would be in the US but I would be 10 sizes bigger if I found these cupcakes

  77. A formal?!?! How romantic! 🙂 You’ll look lovely, darling. And you’ll look even more beautiful if you walk into that room if you enjoy one of those cupcakes… because it’ll mean you’ll be happy.

    Crack indeed. Danger danger danger!

  78. What a wonderful idea for a cupcake. As always great photos Joanne.

  79. Julie says:

    Hope the formal was wonderful and you had an amazing time! These cupcakes look delicious, beautiful pics as always.

  80. the fiery passion of a thousand suns!! i love it.

  81. sally says:

    Why do you tempt me so with these irresistible desserts?! I hope all went well with the formal, and I’m sure you looked great in the dress.

  82. Lori says:

    Perhaps if you ate only these cupcakes for a few days? A pb&j cupcake cleanse? 🙂 I’m not a huge pb&j fan, but these look incredible. No way I could pass them up regardless of coming events.

  83. Sippity Sup says:

    my comments are coming out all wrong… weirdo techno glitch I can’t seem to fix. Sorry. GREG

  84. Natalie says:

    holy amazing.

    ps. saw pics of you in fbook on the dress—looks like these cupcakes didn’t hurt those dress prayers! you looked GREAT!

  85. Holy sh*t. I want like 20 of these!

  86. WOW. What a great recipe. I have never really understood the point of a PB&J cupcake–I mean, just eat a PB&J sandwich, you know? But, a PB&J cupcake with CHOCOLATE? Yes, please!

  87. tigerfish says:

    As I don’t bake, I will just continue with my PB and jelly on toast! I can try some chocolate if I ever have some to spread on the toast. ;p

  88. These look pretty amazing. Well worth taking an extra-deep breath before the zipping of the dress. (Hope you had a great time!) 😉

  89. grace says:

    these look amazing, joanne–all that filling shtuff is great! here’s hoping you had a blast at your shindig. 🙂

  90. I am petite (5 feet tall) and used to fit size 2 15 years ago…but now I rather want to eat these and be happy. It’s too unrealistic to see and compare the numbers I wear now… ;-). Gorgeous cupcakes!

  91. Blond Duck says:

    You’re killing me, Smalls.

  92. Victoria says:

    Holy moly, Joanne. These are outrageous! I have Martha’s cupcake book and for some reason I can’t remember these cupcakes in there, but I will have to try them out either way!

  93. Oh my goodness!! I think I finally found something better than peanut butter and jelly sandwich….. THIS!!!!! How fabulous looking! Wonderful presentation, Joanne!!

  94. sooo… are you taking orders? Um, for realz! Deelish!

  95. These look amazing. So trying them soon.

    Thank you


  96. Oh.
    This sounds/looks amazing!!! I need to make these. Now! Thats it, Im pulling a sickie and heading home to fire up the oven

  97. Deborah says:

    I figure cupcakes today aren’t going to change what you can fit into tomorrow – so go for it!! Seriously, though, these sound SO good.

  98. What the lord?! This should be illegal, truly.

  99. Just found them in Pinterest! WOW! Fantastic!

  100. Shannon says:

    oh my heavens. over the top. and totally up my alley. glad they weren’t around me 😉

  101. Anonymous says:

    I made these together with your italian rainbow cookies on my dad’s 70th birthday. They were both very much appreciated. (I made a change in the rainbow recipe to chocoalte ganache though, to simplify the cutting.)
    Thank you very much!

    /Marie from Sweden

  102. Geni says:

    How did I miss these Joanne?! I have been really swamped with my kids lately but how on earth did I not see these? Wow!

  103. Good God you are killing me! YUMMMMM!

  104. Sarah says:

    these might be the most amazing looking pb&j cupcakes EVER. wow.

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