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I feel kind of bad.

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I have been sitting on these cupcakes for weeks now.

Okay, technically I obviously have not been sitting on them. No, that is just nasty. Plus, they were demolished the second I shot the last photo……

Which was exactly twenty-six days ago. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Butterscotch Frosting | halfbakedharvest.comI know, I am so sorry, and also completely shocked, that I am just now posting them.

I mean, I have never, not once held on to a post that long. This is for sure a record. Meaning this never, ever, happens. Normally you guys see posts a couple days after I make something. Sometimes I’ll even post it the very next day. When that happens it means I am crazy excited about whatever the posted food is. Meaning it’s crazy good and I cannot contain, nor control, my excitement. Meaning I must blab on and on about it the very next day.

If you can believe it, I actually have one more post that I made a few weeks ago while I was still home in Colorado. I really tried to crank a lot of recipes out while I had the time and had no dirty boys begging for food every hour. Honestly, I’m still shocked that I have not told you guys about these yet…

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Because honestly, these are so stinkin’ good.

Like crazy insane, rock your world good.

I just wish I still had at least a few. Cause I promise I can so remember what these cupcakes tasted like.

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I made them the day before I went to South Carolina.

This meant I had twelve cupcakes and me. Now sure, I probably could have downed them all myself. No I could have, but I did not want to end up with a giant stomach ache all night and then have to get up and get on an airplane at three in the morning.

So I did the nicer and smarter thing and gave a few to the worker dudes next door.

Remember them?

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Yeah, they really liked me after that.

Pretty sure the next day when I made these burgers they were looking over wishing I was giving those to them too, but my brother ate those.

Sorry guys. Maybe if you guys are still around in August when I get home you’ll get some then.

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These cupcakes have it all going on.

The sweet, the salty, the peanutty and even the boozy.

Ah yes, you better believe I added at least a little scotch to my butter scotch sauce. It is obviously totally optional, but highly recommended.

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Oh and the frosting is amazing!!

So good. Just make it. Eat with a spoon and go to your happy place.

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Seriously, though these cupcakes will become your happy place.

And yes, I know I am asking you to turn on your oven for these, but I promise they are worth every ounce of sweat you drip to make them.

Every last once.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Boozy Butterscotch Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories Per Serving: 610 kcal

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Butterscotch Sauce

Peanut Butter-Butterscotch Cupcakes

Butterscotch Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch sauce


  • To make the butterscotch sauce. Melt the butter in a small sauce pot. Add the brown sugar, heavy cream and salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and scotch, if using. Set a side to cool until ready to make the frosting.
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth.
  • You may also use a double broiler. Dip each pretzel in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheets and chill in the freezer until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners.
  • Mix the canola oil and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add brown sugar, sugar and eggs and beat together until fluffy. Add vanilla.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Add the milk and mix well. Fold in butterscotch chips.
  • Remove the chocolate covered pretzels from the freezer and place 1 or 2 in the bottom of each cupcake tin. Pour the batter into cupcake tins right over the chocolate covered pretzels and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Let cool, then frost.
  • While the cupcakes bake, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the 1/2 cup butterscotch sauce until completely combined.
  • To assemble, pipe the fristing onto the cooled cupcakes. Garnish each cupcake with the chocolate covered pretzels. Then when ready to serve, generously drizzle cupcakes with the remaining butterscotch sauce. If your kitchen is hot keep the chocolate covered pretzels in the fridge until ready to eat. If you have a cool kitchen they will probably be fine on the counter.

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Can’t even help it. I must make more (especially after my mom sees this post, then I really won’t have a choice). Really, I must.

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  1. Looks amazing! I have a question regarding if you have a peanut allergy, would you be able to make this with almond butter instead?

    1. Hey Lisa,
      Yes, I think almond butter would work well here. I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  2. I made these tonight and they are yummy but they did not have a cake like texture. They were more dense nearer to a muffin or cookie . Did I do something wrong?

  3. Salut!
    These cupcakes look amazing and I plan on baking them this weekend. I just have a couple of questions :
    1. Did you double the chocolate-pretzel combo in order for them to look this way? Seems like you would need 48 not 24. Do you double the chocolate as well?
    2. Can I use a chunky peanut butter in the cupcake?

    Thanks for your answer!
    BTW made your sugarey popcorn cupcakes last week and they were AMAZING!!!! Vraiment trop bon 🙂

    Stéphanie from Québec city

  4. This is such a refreshing idea, I like these cupcakes very much.I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

  5. Hi! The cupcake says 1/4 cup of canola oil but instructions say cream butter and peanut butter together? Can I get clarification? Thanks! Making them now!

    1. It is a 1/4 cup canola oil, not butter (but if you used butter, no big deal). Just mix the canola oil with the peanut butter as directed. I just fixed the recipe.
      Hope these turn out great for you!

  6. Can’t get enough of the salty/sweet combination, these look wonderful!! Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  7. Wow! These look fantabulously spectaculous!
    Yeah – I know those words dont exist – but I didn’t think this combination existed – till now – in a cupcake!
    I’ve made cupcakes with oreos at the bottom – but this – noiw this Ive gotta try! Thanks for sharing – even if you sat on it for awhie 😉

    1. Haha! Thank you, Dorothy! Oh and post those post, I need to see them. I have a feeling they are awesome!

  8. I’m looking at my oatmeal for breakfast right now and REALLY wishing I had one (or five) of these cupcakes in front of me instead. So yum!!

  9. Sweet, salty, peanuty and boozy?! These cupcakes are perfection!! They look so delicious!!

  10. Chocolate and pretzels and peanut butter ugh I’m drooling. This looks incredible! Totally worth the 26 day wait. 🙂

  11. Everything about this needs to happen to my piehole. You’re such an inspiration, Tieghan! So smart and beautiful and creative .. I want to be you when I grow up.

  12. I want to reach through the screen and grab a handful of these cupcakes! Tieghan, you are a baking genius. Truly my idol. So many amazing flavor combinations in such unique ways! I love visiting your website! You always have me in awe. I adore chocolate covered pretzels SO much and butterscotch, too! YUM!

    1. Hehe! I was hoping you would like these!! I know how much you love chocolate covered pretzels!!

      Thanks so much for you nice words, Sally!!

  13. HECK yes, there is nothing better than the combination of sweet and salty. The salty pretzels… covered in delicious chocolate. Man I am making myself drool all over again. I need these in my life!

  14. These are sort of over the top but over the top wonderful. All flavors I love. When you were in Colorado you should have come to visit…and you could have brought me some!

    1. Don’t worry, I’ll be back home soon! Only a few more weeks here in Oregon. I miss my colorado mountains and my nice comfy house! LOL!

      Thanks so much, Barbara!

  15. I have no words for how delicious these look. Also, I LOVE that you put a pretzel or two at the bottom of the cupcake for a fun little surprise. That is genius! 🙂

  16. Just stop it! These look so incredibly decadent and over-the-top in the best way! I want every bit of them!

  17. the cupcakes sounds wounderful but those pretzel toppings take the cake! Or should I say.. cupcake! wow!

  18. Want. Now. These wouldn’t stand a chance around me. Sweet and salty is my middle name. Well not really but ; )

  19. That is my kind of cupcake. Love that pretzel on the bottom, how cool is that. Would be demolished at my house too.

  20. Holy freaking moly! I love the combo of butterscotch and peanuts! Sweet and salty is my absolute FAVE! Only thing is, I honestly cannot stand making cupcakes… I’ve only made them probably like 5 times- they’re always so much work. But these look worth it and then some!

    1. Oh no! I love making cupcakes because most times I can always make them look cute and well they are always delicious! Hope you give these are try and change your mind about cupcakes. I promise, they are not hard!
      Thanks so much, Sophie!

  21. Chocolate covered pretzels! Man, peanut butter and butterscotch is such an amazing combo and these just put it over the edge!

  22. These look incredible! Sweet and salty perfection!

    I’ve started working on blog posts for the time that I’ll be busy with our new little one and it seems so weird to be thinking about fall holiday posts, let alone planning them! So, 26 days doesn’t seem weird at all to me 🙂

  23. Oh my gosh, chocolate covered pretzels at the bottom of a cupcake? That is insane and I love it! The booze just pushed it over the edge!

    Great pictures by the way.

    1. Thank you so much, Christina!! The pretzels in the bottom are so good and yes, the booze really does put them over the edge!

  24. Seriously?! I can’t believe you held out on us for so long! These look amazing – a must-make! 🙂

  25. I just posted peanuts + butterscotch today too – I am huge, huge fan of the combo and your cupcakes look amazing!!!!!!

    The boozy butterscotch sauce has got to be like the best thing ever.

    And that there are choc covered pretzels everywhere in these babies – all the texture, salty, sweet, crunchy, soft, fluffy. Just everything in one. Love them! Pinned!

    1. The boozy butterscotch sauce is truly the best thing ever. So good!!

      Funny that we posted similar flavors on the same day!! your cookies are killing me. They look amazing! Thanks so much for pinning, Averie!