Years ago my friend Sarah used to make these amazing 'Cupcakes with Surprise' which was a boxed chocolate cake mix with a cream cheese, egg and sugar center. They were *so* yummy. So when I was cruising around blogland and I saw these, I had to give it a go.
Things I love that made them so tempting:
1. No frosting. Hooray
2. My youngest loves PB and chocolate together and I love him to bits.
3. We all love cream cheese.
These are really yummy. They hit the right note between decadent and everyday. They don't look fancy or take very long, but they taste very rich.
Personally, I've never been much of a peanut butter chip fan, but that's kind of nice too as I'm not tempted to eat them.
from How About Orange
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter chips (or just use more chocolate if you want)
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbs. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
In a bowl, beat cream cheese. Add sugar, egg, salt. Mix well.
Fold in chips. Set aside.
For cupcakes, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well.
Oops! My phone rang and I completely spaced on taking pictures of these steps. So sorry!
Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Top each with 2 Tbs. of cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Makes 18.
I love how the ones that I didn't top as well are solidly chocolate cupcakes with a hidden surprise.
These were delicious and so easy to make. They're a big hit with the kids.