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Valentines day? For it or not?


Obviously, I am for it. Only because I love any reason to make cute holiday themed foods. Which is why it may seem like I am so into football. I mean have posted not 1, not 2, but 3 recipes with the Super Bowl in mind. Buffalo Oven “Fried” Goat Cheese, Homemade Soft Pretzel with Hot Buffalo Cheddar Cheese Sauce and very healthy Chipotle Roasted Chickpeas. Oh and I totally forgot about yesterday’s Spinach and Artichoke Melts. Oh yeah, those are goood.

Honestly, I am no football fan (please don’t hate me) I just like a good reason to make some fun food. Same goes for Valentine’s day. If I had a choice I’d take it, but I could definitely be a ok without it. You know?


Don’t get me wrong I think it is a really fun holiday and I love making sweet treats and buying pretty flowers, but It is not my favorite holiday or anything. My dad has always called Valentines Day a Hallmark holiday. A day thought up by card companies in order to make a whole lot of money. Yeah, he is not a fan. That’s for sure. He doesn’t really like ANY holiday though, unless you consider Sunday nights (as in Sunday Night Football… oh wait, and Monday and Thursday too) September – December holidays.


Anyway, I ran out of treats this weekend. I know me, out of treats? That seems crazy, but it happens. Occasionally. Like when cookies are just soo good that they get polished off after a day.

So I made more. Of course. I mean come on, this is the Gerard household. We HAVE to have treats around. ALWAYS.


So I put a fun spin on brownies and made them that much better with, wait for it……..Peanut Butter Frosting. Fudgey Brownie Cupcakes + Peanut Butter = Awesomness.


Then I made little brownie hearts………

Asher made me. She said we needed to put some love into our cupcakes!


Gooey Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Calories Per Serving: 591 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Pre-heat oven to 350. Line a standard 12 cup muffin tin with paper cups. Line an 8 inch square pyrex dish with parchment paper and grease.
  • Mix canola oil and butter, add cocoa and stir until well blended.
  • Beat eggs with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla, beat well. Add flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Fill the muffin tins about 3/4 of the way full, using about half of the brownie batter. Spoon the other half into the prepared pyrex dish.
  • Bake the cupcakes for about 8-10 minutes and the pan brownies for about 18-23 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Using the parchment paper lift the brownies from the pan and allow to cool before cutting into shapes.
  • Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or an electric handheld mixer), add the peanut butter, confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy and smooth. Slowly add the cream and beat on very high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • To assemble the cupcakes take the cooled brownies and using a 1 inch heart shaped (or any other fun shape you may desire) cookie cutter and cut out 12 hearts. Frost or pipe as desired and top each cupcake with a heart.
  • * if you do not want to make brownie hearts, just use the remaining batter to make 12 more cupcakes and double the frosting recipe.
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    1. Hey Kristin,
      That should work well for you!! You could also just do a regular vanilla or chocolate frosting. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  1. I am looking for some clarity. Do you add the baking powder with the flour? I couldn’t find it in the recipe. I also read through the ingredients multiple times as I was preparing and I only had enough to fill the 12 cupcakes a little over half way. Is this supposed to make 24 cupcakes? I love your recipes, but struggled as I was making this one. It may be my own error. Any help is appreciated.

    1. Hi Laura, you should add the baking powder with the flour. To be honest, this recipe is SO OLD, so it could be off. You probably can only make 12 cupcakes if that is what you got. I am so sorry for any confusion or trouble. I will look into adjusting the recipe and updating. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope they turned out for you! Thank you! xTieghan

  2. you are amazing!!! I love everything you make :o) Thanks so much for linking this up to Nap-Time Creations Tasteful Tuesday. I’m featuring it today as party of a 25 fabulous valentine ideas post! I would be so excited if you would come over and grab a new featured button and put it on your post! :o) OH and I have a WEEK of giveaways going on for my blog birthday… stop by and check it out and enter!!! A new one will be posted every day.

  3. Oh my gosh, those little brownie hearts are too cute! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  4. WOW! I love these! The brownie is less sweet than my regular recipe, but the frosting more than makes up for it. Thank you, this recipe goes to my archive and will be made several times more!

  5. These are way too cute, and you can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. Thank you for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday. Oh and, by the way, could you please link back to Foodie Friends Friday. Linking back will provide you with more publicity. All you have to do is place the FFF link in your post. Thank you again for sharing.