Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Another food holiday is upon us! It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Peanut Butter and Jelly is as classic as classic American sandwiches get. Crust on, crust off. On white or gluten free bread. Peanut Butter and Jelly go together…well just like peanut butter and jelly! I’m not going to do a sandwich recipe because it doesn’t get much simpler than putting creamy peanut butter and grape jam on your favorite bread and enjoying. Instead – cupcakes! Oh cupcakes. How wonderful you are. Cupcakes are the perfect vehicle for dessert flavors. So peanut butter and jelly cupcakes here we come!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes 

via Food Network 

I feel like these should be on Cupcake Wars. Definitely a great show to get cupcake flavor inspiration

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • 11/2 cups Better Batter All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • 1 cup grape jelly or jam
  • Candy bars (Recommended: Reese’s Pieces, Butterfinger, Nutterbutter, Heath Bar, smashed up with a rolling pin, for decorating – you definitely want a peanut butter candy that is gluten free!)

For the Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners, gently spray the liners with nonstick spray and set aside.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over a large piece of paper.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, the egg yolk, and the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Pour in the milk and continue to mix until smooth. Pick up the paper with the dry ingredients and gradually pour it into the wet ingredients, continue to mix just until blended.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake tins, about 3/4 full. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes spring back to the touch and are not too golden; about 20 minutes.
  7. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then allow to cool completely on a wire rack before filling, frosting or decorating.
  8. Let’s make some frosting. Place the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  9. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.
  10. Time to construct our cupcakes! Fill a squirt bottle with the grape jelly and screw on the cap. Carefully insert the tip of the squirt bottle as far as it will go into the top of the cupcakes. Gently squeeze about 1 tablespoon worth of jelly inside of each.
  11. Ice the tops of the cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting to cover. Decorate with your favorite peanut candy!

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

Another wonderful recipe chock full of sticky, creamy, peanut butter goodness for this National Peanut Butter Day!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

These oatmeal cookie bars are chewy and delicious. And for a peanut butter lover, they deliver. Peanut butter throughout. The frosting is especially addicting.

Ingredients

For the Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars: 

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup gluten free oatmeal

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3  tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a 9×13 pan with wax paper.
  3. Cream vegan butter, peanut butter and sugars in a large bowl.
  4. Beat in egg. Add gluten free flour, baking soda, and oatmeal and mix until well combined.
  5. Press into an ungreased 9×13 pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, combine the vegan butter, peanut butter, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl.
  8. Whip until light and fluffy. Start by adding 2 tablespoons coconut milk and the powdered sugar.
  9. Whip until incorporated. Adjust by adding more milk or more sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
  10. Spread ALL over your completely cooled blondies.

ENJOY!

It has been a WONDERFULLY sticky peanut butter day. Is your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth yet? I hope not. Because if it is, how are you supposed to enjoy more peanut butter goodness?!? :)

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.