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Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes

Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes are full of chocolate and peanut butter goodness!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 154 kcal
Author Yvonne



  • 12-16 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1 box Duncan Hines® Milk Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c oil


  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 c butter softened
  • 2 c powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • 12-14 miniature peanut butter cups

Ganache (from MyBakingAddiction)

  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped into very small pieces
  • 1/2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each muffin cups. Remove foil and cups from candy pieces. Set aside.
  2. Prepare brownie mix as described on box to make cakey brownies using the eggs, water and oil. Fill each up about 2/3 full with batter. Place 1 unwrapped candy piece, upside down, on top of batter in each cup. Lightly tap piece down into batter.
  3. Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cup comes out almost clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Place on wire rack; cool completely.
  4. Make icing by placing peanut butter and butter into medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and creamy; scrape bowl. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat on low speed 1 minute; scrape bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  5. Spread about 2 tablespoons of icing on each cupcake leaving the edge un-iced. Prepare ganache: in a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the heavy cream until very hot, but not boiling.
  6. Place chocolate pieces in a heat safe bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate until smooth and thoroughly combined. Whisk in the honey, corn syrup, and vanilla. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  7. Do not let the glaze sit for too long or it will harden up before you spoon it over the frosting. Spoon the glaze on the tops of the frosted cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides a little bit. Don’t add too much glaze or it will drip all over your liners.
  8. For topping, combine peanut butter and powdered sugar, enough of each to make a crumb topping. Sprinkle over ganache drizzled cupcake. Top each cupcake with a peanut butter cup. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator. Remove them to room temperature one hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

[My 2 Cents]
Since I like to generously frost my cupcakes, one batch of the icing wasn't enough. So I doubled it. Doubling it allowed all of my cupcakes to be equally frosted quite generously.

Adapted from My friend, Jana

Nutrition Facts
Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.