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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

PB&J sandwiches are every child’s favorite lunchtime choice. This nostalgic sweet treat will definitely steal the spotlight at your next party. Pair cupcakes with a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

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Difficulty: Somewhat Easy



Instructions:

Step 1

Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with baking cups.

Step 2

In large bowl, beat yellow cake mix, eggs, water and peanut butter with electric mixer at low speed 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Fill baking cups 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 teaspoon jelly on top of batter in the center of each cup. Reserve remaining jelly for garnish.

Step 3

Bake 18-20 minutes or until Cake Tester or toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 4

Icing

In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer until creamy. Add peanut butter, and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well at medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Makes about 3 cups icing.

Step 5

To Assemble: Ice cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream Icing; if desired, decorate with tip 21 swirls. In microwave-safe bowl, microwave remaining jelly on High 10-15 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cupcakes and sprinkle with peanuts.