We should have at least one rainy day a week because it forces me to stay inside and that usually translates to cleaning. Rainy days = clean house! Some days, the rains has a reverse effect though, it simply makes we want to curl up with a good book, a cup of coffee and some chocolate. (Not a bad way to spend a rainy day either.)
The next time that you're having a rainy day - and you don't feel like cleaning your house - whip up a batch of chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cookie frosting from Annieeats.com. Brew yourself a pot of coffee and find a good reading spot. (You may even find yourself wishing for more rainy days.)
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter "Cookie" Frosting
For the cupcakes:
1½ cups hot brewed coffee
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
12 tbsp. (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
For the ganache:
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
For the peanut butter cookie frosting:
9 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups creamy peanut butter
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans briefly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the peanut butter cookie frosting, combine the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high for 1 minute.
Spread 2 teaspoons of ganache on top of each cooled cupcake.
Top each with a "cookie" patty.
Bring on the rain - I've got my chocolate cupcakes ready!
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