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Peanut Butter? Brownies? Cupcakes?

by Courtney on January 16, 2011

You remember that time management thing that I need to work on?

Well apparently I’m not making too much headway yet…

I had myself rushing around so much at the last minute yesterday that I never gave myself time to post…sheesh!

I will tell you that yesterday did start off nice and early with something new – an Ashtanga yoga class!

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About a week ago, I saw a Groupon available for the Pilates Principle, offering 5 yoga classes for only $35. I was on the fence about buying, until I found out that Jen had already taken the deal. So we planned a date and we got our yoga on.

The Ashtanga yoga class is 75 minutes long, and started with a series of 10(!!) sun-salutations. After about five I was already warmed up. The class then continued with a series of postures and stretches both on the floor and standing, which left me feeling so incredibly loose and lengthened. Jen and I agree that we both loved the class and already signed up for next week! Smile 

After yoga, Jen and I grabbed some breakfast at one of my favorite downtown Troy spots, Spillin’ the Beans.

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I started out with some much-needed coffee, of course. Winking smile

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And for breakfast, I ordered a spinach, onion, and tomato omelet, with marble rye toast.

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I don’t usually order cheese with my omelets, since I’m picky about there being too much. But they did an awesome job going super light on the provolone. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmmm. Smile with tongue out

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Even better with some ketchup, right Jen?

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Some of the best marble rye toast ever.

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Yesterday afternoon, I also did a little baking

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Last week, I came across a recipe from Jessica @ How Sweet It Is that really tugged at my heart strings. Granted, most of her treats usually leave me salivating, but this one really caught my attention.

Wouldn’t Fudgey Brownie Cupcakes catch your attention?

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I’m not going to lie…a good amount of brownie batter was consumed in the baking process.

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This brownie cupcake’s chewy, fudgey center, combined with its delicate, crunchy top is by far a winning combo.

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And when you top it with the fluffy white frosting? Well just stick a fork in me…I’m done.

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I decided to top mine with some peanut butter chips…

Why did I do that, you ask?

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Well, because I decided to make mine as peanut butter brownie cupcakes.

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Fudgey Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes

(slightly adapted from Jessica’s recipe)

makes 14-16 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 squares Baker’s chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Egg Beaters
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup peanut butter chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Melt butter and baking squares in a microwave safe bowl. In the mixing bowl, cream melted butter and chocolate mixture. Add in sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in eggs, beating one at a time. Add flour and cocoa powder and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate and peanut butter chips.

Fill a muffin tin with muffin liners (I also sprayed my lines with non-stick spray) and fill each liner about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brownie is set. The top with be a bit crunchy and the insides will be fudgey.

Fluffy White Frosting

(from allrecipes)

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar**
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, stir together sugar, water and cream of tartar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbly.

In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla until they form soft peaks. Slowly add the sugar mixture to the egg whites, beating until stiff peaks form, about 7-10 minutes. Frost brownie cupcakes.

**I did not have cream of tartar so I just omitted it. The frosting turned out just as good, just not quite as fluffy as it would have been with the cream of tartar.

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These guys are good. So good, in fact, that I’m trying desperately not to eat them for breakfast.

Jessica, thank you so much for sharing. You’re my hero this morning. Smile

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So if you want my honest opinion, I think you should give these gems a try. Then share them with your friends.

They’ll thank you. Smile

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1 Sarah January 16, 2011 at 10:46 am

I’ve had brownies on the brain allllll week! Today is the day i’m finally going to be able to make them! Im actually eyeing one of Jessica’s recipes as well :D
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2 Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

ahaha at first i was like.. is that you doing yoga?! MMM that frosting is reaching out to me.. i think i could a whole batch of just the frosting!
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3 Meagan January 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

For some reason your pictures looked extra clear today! Love it!
I want an omelet NOW after seeing yours!

I’ve been meaning to take a yoga class, but I feel like I never have time. I need to get on a time management kick ;)

Have a great Sunday!

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4 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

Oh my goodness, those cupcakes look amazing! :D
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5 Faith @ lovelyascharged January 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

That’s such an awesome deal! <3 Groupon!
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6 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) January 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

Mmm, it looks like Fluff on top of those brownie cupcakes!
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7 Autumn @ Good Eats Girl January 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I saw that recipe last week when she posted it and was drooling on my computer! I love the PB chips addition! I’m going to have to make these ASAP!
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8 Emily January 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I want to eat my screen right now, those cupcakes look fantastic!! YUM YUM YUMMMMMMMM
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9 ashley@quasichick January 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

That yoga class sounds intense! Those cupcakes are just perfect and they look so yummy!

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10 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I want to live that same day. Yoga and cupcakes? Sounds good! And 5 for $35? Awesome deal!
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11 Colleen January 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hi, Courtney! I just wanted to stop by and say that I love your blog, I’ve been reading for months – and you’ve inspired me to finally start my own :) I’d love if you checked it out when you have time. Thanks!
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12 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) January 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I saw those delicious looking little things on Jessica’s blog too. Now I have to decide to make hers or yours first. Decisions, decisions!
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13 ,vvvv January 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

oh! omelet! i like it

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14 Kristi January 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Your cupcakes look so cute. Mine never turn out that good.
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15 Jessica @ How Sweet January 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

They look AMAZING! :)

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16 Dani January 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Those cupcakes look amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing! I just printed it out and saving it for Valentine’s Day. My boyfriend is a bit obsessed with brownies but I think they are a little too boring. SO these cupcakes are perfect just a little red and pink decorating instead of pb chips!

Are you gonna consider really practicing yoga or is this just a lil fun thing?
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17 Courtney January 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I do really enjoy yoga, but right now I wouldn’t be able to afford to continue going to a studio. However, they do offer a yoga class at my current gym, so I may decide to check that one out. :)

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18 CaSaundra January 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

These are already on my list of cupcakes to make this week! :-) Two great minds think alike!

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