Are Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins breakfast or dessert?? I'll leave that up to you... Just know that these jumbo muffins involve mini peanut butter cups and are absolutely delicious and addictive!
(This recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins was originally published in August 2013, but was updated with new photos and content in 2021).
It's common knowledge that the only thing better than peanut butter is peanut butter when it's combined with chocolate. That's why Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are basically the best thing on planet Earth.
We also all know that muffins are really just cupcakes in disguise. Especially if you stuff them with things like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups so that when you take a bite, you end up with a mouthful of chocolate.
I'm not saying I did that. But I might have. OK, I did.
I'm not sure whether to classify these peanut butter chocolate muffins as breakfast or dessert. Muffins are traditionally a breakfast food, but well, peanut butter cups.
Let's just say there will be no judgement... No matter when you enjoy these muffins.
How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins
These chocolate peanut butter muffins consist of three simple components:
- Muffin Batter
- Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Peanut Butter Streusel Topping
The batter is simple to make. Simply, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Mix in eggs and milk until just combined.
Gently fold dry ingredients into bowl with wet ingredients until just combined (take care not to over-mix).
Now, fill lightly greased jumbo muffin tin about halfway with batter. And top each muffin with mini peanut butter cups. Press them gently into the batter.
Then use remaining batter to continue filling each muffin cavity so they're about ¾ of the way full.
Top with about 1 Tbsp peanut butter streusel topping.
And bake at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes, until toothpick inserted into muffins comes out only slightly sticky.
Let muffins cool in tin for a few minutes before moving to racks to cool completely.
How to Make Peanut Butter Streusel Topping
Don't worry; the peanut butter streusel topping is the easiest thing in the world!
Simply put melted butter, brown sugar, flour, peanut butter, and oats in a medium bowl.
And mix together with a fork until you get a crumbly mixture.
Try not to just eat it as is... Because it makes a really delicious muffin topping.
These muffins would be incredible without the peanut butter cup middles and without the peanut butter streusel topping.
But combined? Omg. You might not think these muffins should be breakfast muffins.
But you might not care when you wake up in the morning and can't get them out of your mind. Plus, they go so well with coffee.
And, I mean, if anyone saw you with one at 7 a.m., they would think nothing of it.
Unless... They happened to cut it open.
And then. Oops. Your secret will be discovered.
But come on, two mini peanut butter cups in the morning are nothing to judge anyone on.
More Muffin Recipes
If peanut butter and chocolate are too much for you in the morning (or you just want a variety of options), I've got plenty of other muffin recipes you might love. Here are some of my favorites:
- Tuscan Lemon Muffins
- Raspberry, Mango, and Ginger Muffins
- Carrot Raisin Muffins
- Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Muffins
- Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Muffins
- Fresh Corn Muffins with Basil
- Banana Pecan Protein Muffins (from Wholesome Made Easy)
- Cranberry Orange Muffins (from The Perks of Being Us)
Whether you choose to eat these peanut butter chocolate muffins for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack, I hope you enjoy every single bite!
Are you a peanut butter and chocolate fan?
Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 batch peanut butter streusel topping (recipe below)
- 12 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Streusel Topping
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 6-cavity jumbo muffin tin.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
- Mix in eggs and milk until just combined.
- Gently fold dry ingredients into bowl with wet ingredients until just combined (take care not to over-mix).
- Fill cavities of muffin tin halfway with batter.
- Place two mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top of batter pressing down gently. Continue filling tins with batter until cavities are about ¾ of the way full.
- Top each muffin with about 1 Tbsp of streusel topping.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes, until toothpick inserted into muffins comes out only slightly sticky.
- Cool in muffin tin for a few minutes before moving muffins to a metal rack to cool completely.
Peanut Butter Streusel Topping
- In a medium bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, flour, peanut butter, and oats with a fork until a crumbly mixture forms.
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We are totally in agreement on this chocolate and peanut butter being god's gift to humans thing. I wish I had woken up to these this morning!
I'm with you on Reese's - they're a classic! And a nice way to dress up these muffins.
Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig says
Peanut Butter Streusel...Ohhhh. Mmmmm, Geeeeee.
I don't LOVE chocolate, but I love peanut with chocolate. Its absolutely incredible. These muffins look so good
I adore peanut butter and chocolate...and these muffins look heavenly. I love the surprise in the center! Thank you so much for sharing!
Simply Life says
Oh wow! What a perfect muffin!
Count me in as a PB and chocolate fan. Love the stuffing and topping!
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
Muffins stuffed with PB cups sound delicious! I'd like one for breakfast tomorrow. Or even right now before dinner 😉
Tandy | Lavender and Lime says
I can remember eating Reece's cups when I was in the US, but I have never tried the combination at home - I think I must remedy that soon 🙂
Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says
These look so good. Def a huge PB and chocolate fan over here!
Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper says
These sound so, so good. My favorite flavor combination!
Oh Yum! I've always been a chocolate fan but have become a pb fan later in life and yes, they are a divine combination! your muffins look scrumptious!
This would make my Tuesday (feels like Monday) so much more pleasant!
I wish I could get my hands on these. They look fantastic!
I totally agree about the love between peanut butter and chocolate that just makes the most delicious babies (these muffins are an example of that). Whether it's Friday or Tuesday, I'd be happy with a mouthful of these! 🙂
Laura Dembowski says
Peanut butter muffins are the best! love the idea of peanut butter streusel. Going to check out the recipe now!
Gia Grossman says
This is the best combo! I like that there's a PB cup hidden in the middle!
I could not agree with you more on Reese's Peanut Butter cups being the best candy ever made..... and look at you... putting them in a muffin!!! YUM!!!