Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes

Happy Halloween! I found a recipe for Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes in the October 2011 Everyday Food Magazine. Leave it up to Martha to create a dessert using leftover candy! These clever and addictive cupcakes were my contribution to our Halloween pre-party this weekend. I will be making them year-round with different seasonal toppers. These are so, so yummy and the best part is that you don't have to frost them!

Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes 


1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of fine salt
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
6 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup buttermilk (I faked it with 1 tablespoon white vinegar and the remaining 1/4 cup of milk)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mini Reese's Cups
Candy Corn

Line mini-muffin pans with liners and preheat the oven. Find a good friend or roommate to remove the Resse's Cups from the wrappers and take the paper off!

In a big bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. I've recently discovered and started using the wisk attachment on my hand mixer = amazing!

In another mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar until it's fluffy. Can you really go wrong with that combination? No.

Add the egg and egg yolk and continue to mix.

Beat in flour mixture, buttermilk, and vanilla until combined. In each muffin cup, scoop about 2 teaspoons of batter and top with a peanut butter cup. Press on the candy until the batter aligns with the top.

They're so cute already!

Bake for about 10 minutes until cupcakes are set. My cat, Bagheera, kept a close watch on the oven!

As soon as they're finished and out of the oven, add the candy corn on top of each. Place pans on wire racks and allow them to cool completely.

Of course, you must taste one (or five) for quality control!

These are really easy to make, eat, and transport since you don't have to worry about the icing mess! Any candy can do so wait to see what's around after Halloween and get creative. 

Would it be odd to give these to trick-or-treaters?!


  1. If by giving them to "trick-or-treaters" you mean your good friend Deanna, then no it's not odd at all.

  2. If you show up on my doorstep in costume I'll give them to you!