Egg Nog Peanut Butter Cup Cupakes (and a SweetWorks Giveaway!)

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You guys, I am JUST getting into holiday cooking and baking annnnd the season is practically over. I mean, can anyone make it slow down just a little bit? Please? My fridge is stocked with cranberries and egg nog and my pantry is filled with candy canes and other holiday delights. My friends at SweetWorks sent me a whole bunch of holiday candy and I legit have a billion things to bake before December 25, which is, by the way, next week. WHAT? And help.

I did have time to make these glorious Egg Nog Cupcakes, which just happen to have chocolate peanut butter bells hidden inside them. Because I’ve been really into the idea of egg nog and peanut butter together this holiday season. I almost made a peanut butter frosting for these, too, but decided the beautiful Celebration Pearls just wouldn’t look that pretty on a brown frosting. So, I made an egg nog packed frosting that was, I think, a pretty great decision.

These cupcakes are packed with holiday cheer and will have you wishing we could celebrate this season just a liiittle bit longer. If you’re just getting into holiday baking, too, be sure to check out my giveaway for some holiday SweetWorks goodies of your own at the end of this post!

Egg Nog Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes (makes about 20 cupcakes):
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  • 2/3 C (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 2/3 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 C egg nog
  • 6 egg whites
  • 20 Peanut Butter Bells
  • 1 batch egg nog frosting (see recipe below)

(pre-heat oven to 350 degrees)

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Start by creaming together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

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Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl.

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Mix the dry ingredients into the mixer with the wet ingredients, alternating with the egg nog. The batter will be quite thick.

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I used my favorite egg white method in these cupcakes, which I think makes them lighter and fluffier (originally learned here). In another separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

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Fold the egg whites into the batter. Make sure to fold well so all egg whites are incorporated.

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Fill cupcake tins with batter almost all the way to the top and then press a little chocolate peanut butter candy into the batter.

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Smooth batter over the top of the candy.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until beginning to lightly brown around edges. Let cupcakes cool in pan for a few minutes before moving to rack to cool completely.

The frosting is easy to whip up!

Egg Nog Frosting:
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  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 3 1/2-4 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 C egg nog
  • SweetWorks Pearls

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In a large bowl with a hand mixer (or in a stand mixer), mix the butter and confectioner sugar until fully incorporated. Mix in egg nog until desired consistency is reached.

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Now you’re ready to frost those cupcakes!

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I did a simple swirl and then topped with festive Celebration Pearls. And a little straw for sipping up all that egg nog, of course!

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I was kind of proud of myself for making an egg nog baked good and not putting rum into it. I came *this* close, but restrained myself.

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Good decision or bad decision? I’m not positive. But I do know that the taste of egg nog in these was perfectly pronounced. And I figured with the peanut butter cup hidden inside, there were already enough flavors going on.

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You forgot about the peanut butter cup, didn’t you? Well, you would have quickly remembered when you broke into these.

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I thought it was just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter. And now I’m seriously dreaming of a chocolate peanut butter egg nog milkshake. Is that wrong? And will Chris kill me if he comes home to find I have drunk all of his precious egg nog?

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It might be worth it. After all, I’m going to need a little something to wash these cupcakes down!

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OK, are you ready to win some candy of your own? That’s what I thought! I’m going to make this one a pretty quick giveaway and only give you until tomorrow to enter. That way I can pick a winner stat and try to get your candy out to you in time for the holidays!

In case you’re unfamiliar with SweetWorks, here are a few of the delights they have to offer… Gumballs and Sixlets and lots of chocolates (some milk, some dark, some peanut butter filled, and some crispy).

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Of course, Celebration Peals, too. And the cutest little holiday molded chocolates.

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Perfect stocking stuffers!

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I’m still so excited that Sixlets come in so many colors!

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And packaging types. I love the Sixlet-filled candy canes!

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Oh, they’re also known for their Ovation Chocolates and you know this dark chocolate/mint combination is a winner!

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And whether you’re drinking coffee or hot chocolate, these Ovation Cappuccino Sticks are great for stirring.

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So, what can you win? Well, I’m putting together a whole selection of SweetWorks holiday goodies for you! All you have to do is comment on this post telling me:

What holiday candy do you love best?

Enter by tomorrow, December 17, at 12:00 p.m. so I can randomly choose a winner and have your candy sent out! (must be in the U.S. to enter).

Happy holidays!!

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45 Comments

  • Erica said:

    These are so cute! I love the idea of the candy hidden inside. Favorite holiday candy? Well I just found out they make my favorite candy (the blackberries/raspberries) in a holiday form! Obsessed!

    December 16, 2013 10:44 am
  • Alison said:

    Old fashioned ribbon candy is my favorite!

    December 16, 2013 10:45 am
  • Erin W said:

    I love flavored candy canes.. oldie but a goodie!

    December 16, 2013 11:23 am
  • Joanna said:

    Dark chocolate holiday M&Ms. I don’t know why they taste better when they’re just red and green, but somehow they do!

    December 16, 2013 11:33 am
  • Marie said:

    Those peanut butter bells are pretty tempting, but … King Leo peppermint sticks.

    December 16, 2013 11:59 am
  • Katie said:

    These cupcakes sound amazing! My fav holiday candy has to be peppermint bark; it’s so festive and yummy!

    December 16, 2013 12:01 pm
  • Elis B. said:

    I like candy canes.

    December 16, 2013 12:38 pm
  • Emily said:

    I love Ferror Rocher hazelnut truffles!

    December 16, 2013 1:54 pm
  • Heather S said:

    I love candy canes and chocolate donuts with crushed candy canes sprinkled on top!

    December 16, 2013 2:05 pm
  • These are so adorable, and festive! I love the holiday M&Ms the best…they just scream Christmas to me!

    December 16, 2013 2:22 pm
  • Rachel said:

    I really, really, REALLY love eggnog and am particularly obsessed with it this year! These are adorable!

    December 16, 2013 2:49 pm
  • michelle said:

    i love eggnog and mint chocolate

    December 16, 2013 2:59 pm
  • brittany said:

    these are darling! my favorite holiday candy is a chocolate covered fondant that my father-in-law makes; it is from a recipe his mother used.

    December 16, 2013 3:32 pm
  • LauriM said:

    I love Andes Creme de Menthe!

    December 16, 2013 3:41 pm
  • Peanut butter and egg nog sounds likes a winning combination!

    December 16, 2013 3:49 pm
  • Kathy said:

    peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss-never a Christmas without them! But I do love all kinds of sprinkles. I need to get some sixlets!

    December 16, 2013 4:15 pm
  • Melissa L. said:

    My favorite holiday candy is the Reese’s trees! They are delicious! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    December 16, 2013 4:43 pm
  • Carla S said:

    My favorite holiday candy is a tie between divinity and candy cane hershey kisses.

    December 16, 2013 5:38 pm
  • Chris said:

    Love these cupcakes! In fact I’m eating one (or maybe two) right now!

    December 16, 2013 5:43 pm
  • Oooh those cappucinno sticks sound amazing!!!! Your cupcakes are gorgeous!

    December 16, 2013 5:58 pm
  • Eva said:

    I love hershey’s candy cane kisses!

    December 16, 2013 6:33 pm
  • Jessie C. said:

    I like candy canes!

    December 16, 2013 6:49 pm
  • Janet T said:

    My favorite candy is gum drops.

    December 16, 2013 7:36 pm
  • Lisa said:

    I LOVE sixlets – brings me back to my childhood

    December 16, 2013 8:02 pm
  • Leah said:

    I love candy canes!

    December 16, 2013 9:11 pm
  • Shannon said:

    Peppermint bark is my holiday favorite.

    December 16, 2013 9:32 pm
  • Rebecca said:

    Can I just say everything? :P especially peppermint bark and Terry’s chocolate oranges though.

    December 16, 2013 9:55 pm
  • Sarah said:

    Yum a chocolate peanut butter egg nog milkshake… I have to try that!! My favorite holiday candy are those chocolate oranges, one of my favorite things to find in my stocking on Christmas morning!

    December 16, 2013 10:07 pm
  • Peanut butter and eggnog…now that is a combination I can get behind. I feel like there must be a dip recipe that needs to be made with that combo.

    As for my favorite holiday candy…this year it’s Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark. So good.

    December 16, 2013 10:08 pm
  • Carol said:

    flavored candy canes are my holiday weakness

    December 16, 2013 10:31 pm
  • Wehaf said:

    I love candy canes- I eat so many of them this time of year!

    December 16, 2013 11:08 pm
  • rayraycartucci said:

    I love fudge…and divinty the BEST! If I win…will you please send some of those cupcakes???They look GOOOOOD! Thanks!

    December 17, 2013 1:04 am
  • Melissa said:

    those little candy canes, they’re perfect to stash in my purse when i really need some minty flavor!

    December 17, 2013 2:19 am
  • Sarah M. said:

    Oh boy! I love so much holiday candy. My mom’s homemade toffee, and peppermint ANYTHING – just yesterday my friend and I passed by those peppermint chew nougats with the tree-shapes inside while at the store and I was drooling. Biggest sweet tooth ever over here & those pearls on top of your cupcakes look so cute!

    December 17, 2013 5:07 am
  • Noel said:

    I love reeses pb bells this time of year

    December 17, 2013 6:00 am
  • I think I love fudge the best :+)

    December 17, 2013 8:18 am
  • Jee said:

    Frango’s chocolates — doesn’t matter what flavor!

    December 17, 2013 8:29 am
  • Odetta said:

    Does hot chocolate count? If not then I’d choose candy canes in fun flavors!

    December 17, 2013 9:19 am
  • Odetta said:

    Oh and these cupcakes look beautiful!!! And tasty too!

    December 17, 2013 9:20 am
  • Megan said:

    Those pearls are so festive. Love them! And the cupcakes look great. My favorite holiday candy is definitely peppermint bark!

    December 17, 2013 10:24 am
  • Oh wow I bet eggnog and peanut butter go great together.

    December 17, 2013 12:42 pm
  • kim said:

    Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses. Love to eat ‘em, love to bake with ‘em, love love love!

    December 17, 2013 1:17 pm
  • Marcie said:

    would love to try eggnog and pb together

    December 19, 2013 5:47 am
  • Beth said:

    I love eggnog

    December 19, 2013 11:25 am
  • Margot C said:

    Can I just say chocolate!

    December 23, 2013 5:18 am

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