Yep. It's that day. The day when all the world should be celebrating. And, eating. And, gaining five pounds. Mmmmm. It's World Nutella Day and we can thank these ladies:
Sara of Ms. Adventures In Italy
Michelle of Bleeding Espresso
This day makes me smile almost as much as Thanksgiving and Christmas! February 5th. Stop and celebrate. Bake something! Bake these Peanut Butter & Nutella Cupcakes. You will gain five pounds because you will love them so much that you will immediately bake two more batches and eat them, too!
I have to give credit where credit it due. I found the recipe for PB & J Cupcakes by Sarah Matheny of Peas and Thank You and slapped a sticky note on the page. My kids love cupcakes. They also love muffins and this recipe is, I think, a combination of the two. Sarah uses 100% fruit preserves along with the peanut butter. It occurred to me, though, that Nutella would turn these cupcakes into something like a Reese's Cup and I couldn't resist. So, thank you to Sarah for a great cookbook and a wonderful cupcake recipe turned sweet treat with Nutella!
As for the recipe, it's simple.
Peanut Butter & Nutella Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanillla extract
2/3 cup organic sugar
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup peanut butter
Nutella (approximately 1/3 cup)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers or spray with cooking spray. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix vanilla, sugar, milk and peanut butter. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. At this point, you can already smell the deliciousness!
Place a large spooonful of batter in the bottom of each muffin well. Add approximately 1/2 to 1 tsp. of Nutella on top of the batter and then add an additional tsp. of cupcake batter on top of the peanut butter. Be careful that you save enough batter to cover most of the Nutella!
Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, until tops are golden brown. Make sure that you let them cool a bit. The Nutella is NOT batter. It remains "unset" so it will definitely burn the roof of your mouth if you decide that you can't wait and want to eat them freshly steaming out of the oven. Okay. You are properly warned! Oh. And, make sure you have milk in the house before you begin. These need a big tall glass of milk!
Happy Eating from Charleston Treasures! Hope you enjoy World Nutella Day as much as this kid!