Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Growing up in a traditional Judeo-Christian household, Easter was a holiday my family "celebrated" every year.  When I was younger, we'd wake up to our mega stuffed Easter baskets, attend church in the morning, visit my dad's side of the family in the afternoon, and have dinner with my mom's family in the evening.  It was a fun time for me, as I got to dress up in a frilly Easter dress and spend the day with both sides of my family.  My dad even surprised me and my brother with bunnies one year.  We were only five and three at the time, and it was the greatest thing ever.

But, as I hit my later teenage years, Easter became a holiday which I began to extremely dislike.  I believe my breaking point was the year I sat alone in my aunt's basement, watching the crucifixion scene in one of those horrible movies about Jesus.  I was curled up on the couch, sobbing, and decided I hate Easter.


After that self-declaration, over ten years ago, every little thing that goes wrong on Easter I immediately attribute to it being an awful holiday.  From the play Dayv and I saw at his grandparents' church with a crucifixion scene a little too real for my(and his five year old sister's) liking, to dinner being pushed back a little too late for my hypoglycemic body to handle and having a meltdown in the kitchen, those things(and so many more) make me hate Easter just a little bit more.  In fact, Dayv and I skipped the holiday entirely when it fell on the Sunday before our wedding.  We decided to stay at the apartment all day, unpacking and cleaning.  And let me tell you, it was pretty much the best Easter ever.

However, there is something special about this time of year that is worth celebrating.  For one, it's Dayv's favorite season- March Madness season!  Secondly, after what felt like five years of winter, it is finally Spring.  Lastly, when Passover also falls right around Easter, it feels like everyone has something to celebrate and no one is left out, which makes me happy.  So, in celebration of all things positive that take place in and around Easter, I had to make something special to enjoy.  So I present to you Spring Solstice-March Madness Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes aka fill in the blank with your favorite Spring holiday Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes.  These little treats are all things delicious mixed into one- chocolate and peanut butter, candy, and ice cream.  Additionally, they are already in individual serving sizes, which makes it easier to not over indulge.  And they only contain five ingredients, so if you do over indulge, you don't have to feel excessively guilty about it.  Just make sure you completely remove the cupcake liners before consuming.  I was a little sloppy doing so the first night we enjoyed them and Dayv wasn't a fan of eating tiny bits of paper(I don't mind a little paper).    




Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cupcakes
makes twelve
for the ice cream:
2 cans light coconut milk
3/4 c vegan sugar
3/4 c natural creamy peanut butter

for the chocolate peanut butter cups:
1 c vegan chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter

to drizzle:
1/2 c vegan chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil

Make peanut butter cups:

Bring a small pot of water to boil.  Place a glass bowl over the pot and add the chocolate chips.  Stir continually until the chocolate chips are completely melted.  Add in the coconut oil and continue to stir until chocolate is very smooth. 

Spoon enough of the melted chocolate into the candy mold(or a lined mini cupcake pan) so that the bottom is covered.  Take 1/2 tsp of peanut butter and place it in the middle of the chocolate.  Cover the peanut butter with additional chocolate, filling the remainder of the mold.  Repeat until all chocolate has been used.  Lightly wrap mold on counter to level the candies.  Place in freezer until candy has hardened.  Pop out of the molds and store in airtight container, preferably in the freezer. 
 Prepare ice cream:
Prepare a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine both cans of coconut milk and sugar.  Whisk until sugar has dissolved.  Add peanut butter and continue to whisk until smooth  Remove from heat and pour into glass container, preferably with a spout.  Allow to cool on counter for about a half hour before covering the top with plastic wrap and chilling in the refrigerator.  Chill for at least 4 hours.  After ice cream mixture is chilled, transfer to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.  Once finished, equally spoon ice cream into prepared cupcake liners and place in freezer.  

Once candies are hardened and ice cream has been in freezer for about an hour, take one candy and carefully stick it into an ice cream cup.  Repeat with the remaining candies and ice cream cups.  Return to freezer.   

Make the chocolate drizzle:
Bring a small pot of water to boil.  Place a glass bowl over the pot and add the chocolate chips.  Stir continually until the chocolate chips are completely melted.  Add in the coconut oil and continue to stir until chocolate is very smooth. 

Remove ice cream cups from freezer and generously drizzle chocolate over each cup.  Return to freezer until completely frozen.  You can keep the cupcakes in the pan or transfer them to a 9x13 casserole dish.  Cover with aluminum foil  Enjoy!

40 comments:

  1. I hate Easter, too. Every once in a while, my birthday falls on the holiday and it's awful. Even more awful considering I'm not religious but my family is, so I get a big friggin' Easter-themed birthday party. But these chocolate peanut butter ice cream cupcakes would certainly make an Easter birthday more tolerable.

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    1. an easter-themed birthday party sounds INSANE. would it be with easter eggs, bunnies, and pastel colors or a party with the resurrection of jesus? :P

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  2. I know nothing about Easter, but I would pull out all the stops and celebrate if if only I could get one of these ice cream cupcakes. Any effort or agony would be worthwhile- They look amazing!

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    1. thanks, hannah! all you need to know about easter is that when you're little, people tell you easter is about bunnies, candy, and easter eggs. then you get older and you find out it's celebrating jesus's death and resurrection. i still don't get it.

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  3. Stunningly beautiful little desserts Caitlin! Now here is a good reason to feel a little better about Easter, certainly not one of my favorite holidays either though I've no real reason to dislike since my folks were pretty much here nor there on it. I do love the newness theme that comes with and it certainly is a time to celebrate the 'coming' of my favorite season (hehe). Lovely post, thanks! xo And PS - I don't mind bits of paper either ;)

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    1. i agree, the newness of the season is definitely something to celebrate!

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  4. Yeah I don't mind the paper either. Baking paper on the bottom of home-made pizza is the way we usually eat it. But those gorgeous little ice cream cupcakes of yours I'd eat COVERED in paper! They look just beautiful Caitlin.

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    1. yay lisa! that reminds me, i used to eat starburst candy with the wrapper on! haha..

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  5. I am with Hannah.. I know nothing bout Eater.. these cupcakes however need to me made. how pretty and fun are these! paper.. what paper. :)those cupcake liners camouflage so well ;)

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    1. Did i already mention how cute and awesome these cupcakes look!

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    2. you are so sweet, richa! thank you!!!

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  6. You and Dayv are the PA version of Justin and I - I for one don't mind a little paper, but Justin would have been OCD about it :) These are the perfect treats and so easy to make!

    Justin typically stays home on Easter to do house projects and I go down the street to my Gram's to Celebrate with my whole family- once we all became to old for an Easter Egg Hunt we started a new tradition- a Scavenger Hunt around town! We break up into 3-4 teams with 4-5ppl per team with a list of clues and riddles and places and tasks we need to accomplish in 45minutes with photographic proof of each one- we then jump in our cars and go throughout town then come back to tally up points to see who the winner is....we are very competitive (all of us) it is such a blast! Each year a new Team of 2 creates the Scavenger Hunt and Awards the prizes :)

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    1. how fun is your easter?! i want to celebrate with you next year ;) dayv stayed home this year, too, and watched march madness :P

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  7. Add this to the top of the list for reasons I wish I had an ice cream maker! These cupcakes look amazing, and peanut butter with chocolate is always a win in my book.

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  8. Oh yum:) I never was an easter fan either. But with theses cupcakes, it is a lot better!

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  9. What. Shut up. Those look amazing. !!

    I'm with you, Easter can just go and curl up in a corner and die. However! I'd celebrate with those ice cream peanut chocolately goodness cups!

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    1. haha!! you understand me so well.

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  10. I looove ice cream cake, but I don't think I've ever seen ice cream cupcakes - such a fun idea! Love those cupcake wrappers too. The only thing that used to stress me out about Easter was that I was always the last one to find all my eggs in our Easter egg hunt and I would start to get really frustrated haha...but these days I just associate it with family time and eating a nice meal together. Hope you have a nice holiday this year :)

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    1. i did have a nice day, genevieve, thanks! i just think of the day as a time i get to spend with my family. but if something goes wrong, i blame it on the holiday ;)

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  11. WHAT! those are so much fun!!

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  12. Wow I want to eat the pictures. I just ate but went hungry again looking at them. Yeah I totally feel you about the Easter holiday. I also have mixed feelings about it. I wouldn't mind celebrating it with these cupcakes though.

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    1. thanks, richgail! i wish i could give you one.

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  13. I love that you stuffed an entire peanut butter cup into these! This could be my new favorite dessert!

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  14. I bet these taste amazing! What a great way to bring in Spring!

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  15. I bet these are insane! Geezus! Easter is not my favorite either, but I do like to use the day as an excuse to indulge on chocolatey treats. :-)

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  16. Oh wow! These look amazingly delicious!!!!

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  17. We didn't do anything for Easter this year. We don't have kids, our family lives across the country, so meh. And I'm not really into March Madness either. But I can still have cupcakes, right? Because these look amazing!

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    1. you can ALWAYS have cupcakes, kiersten ;) and, like i said, my most favorite easter was the one where we stayed home and cleaned, haha.

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  18. waw! what a great recipe, thank you

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  19. Cuuuute! And delicious-looking. I think I'l have to add these to the weekend list :)

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  20. omg....I can hardly wait to give this a try! Thank you so much for sharing.

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