Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

I was in the checkout line at Costco and as the guy scanned my huge box of Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwiches he said, “So these are premade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Are you really that lazy?”

I first scanned his face to see if he was cracking a smile. My life is well peppered with men with a dry sense of humor so I get it and can take my share of teasing.

Nothing. No smile. Straight faced. This guy really wanted me to answer him.

I had my two boys with me and was 9 months pregnant with my 3rd boy in the middle of the summer. I wanted to tell him that the only time I had sat down that day was when I had starting having contractions and that was…hmm…I don’t know…only growing another human inside of me. So if I bought premade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to throw in the diaper bag to take to the pool last second…I thought I was entitled to that.

But I didn’t tell him all that. I knew it would be wasted on him.

So I smiled really big and said, “Yep. Pretty lazy.”

Well I think Costco man would be really impressed with these cupcakes. In fact, maybe I should swing by and give him one. Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly day AND my niece Kyle’s 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Kyle!

These cupcakes are dense and peanut buttery. Strawberry jelly is squeezed inside of them then they are topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and an extra dab of jelly. If you love penaut butter and jelly, you will love these.

peanut butter and jelly cupcakes
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
1 1/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
strawberry or grape jelly

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Insert 24 liners into a medium cupcake pan.

2. In a large bowl cream together the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well. Mix in the vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Mix well.

5. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overbake! Cool cupcakes in the pan. Once cupcakes are cooled you can either pipe the jelly into the center using a decorating tip or just use an apple corer to take out the center of the cupcake and fill with 1-2 teaspoons of jelly. Decorate with frosting below.

Peanut Butter Frosting
3/4 cup smooth
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk
mini NutterButter cookies for garnish

Combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer beat until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the confectioners sugar along with the milk, and beat until well combined. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using a decorating tip or a ziploc baggie filled with frosting with the corner cut off. Top with a teaspoon of jelly and garnish with NutterButter mini cookies.

Speak Your Mind



  1. YUM! I am a peanut butter and jelly girl!

  2. It’s peanut butter jelly time! hehe Such a cute idea, and they look yummy! 🙂

  3. First of all, I love your blog! The recipes are always amazing! Second, I adore peanut butter and jelly! These look very impressive, and third, I cannot believe the Costco guy said that to you! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  4. He obviously didn’t have children or he wouldn’t have questioned you. 🙂

  5. Its peanut butter jelly time, its peanut butter jelly time, where you at !? 🙂 Got the song now in my head!

    Beautiful post and BEAUTIFUL cupcakes. I bet those are to DIE for.

    What a JERK for saying such a thing. I would have gave him my mind, yet I know you had your kids with you AND a preggo belly! I would have stayed on the quiet and short side too if my daughter had been with me.

  6. What a fun twist on the classic PB&J combo! The little nutter butter cookies for a garnish are perfect!

  7. I am sure it took all you had not to whallop the Costco guy, I am proud of your restraint. The cupcakes are pretty, and look so yummy! Costco man has probably never had anything that good in his life. 🙂


  8. I might have smacked the Costco guy! These cupcakes look so good.

  9. Such a funny story. Bet he doesn’t have kids. The cupcakes are fabulous!

  10. I don’t have kids and I would definitely buy those PB&J sandwiches. Guess I’m THAT lazy, haha.

    Your cupcakes look awesome. I’m in love with this combination 🙂

  11. Oh Costco men. They just don’t get it. They’ve never had to carry and bear children. Or had swollen ankles. No siree.

    These PB+J cupcakes are the OPPOSITE of lazy! Quite awesome.

  12. Ahhh they look so delicious! If a costco man said that to me- I would have probably chucked my costco sized pack of toilet paper at his face and ran away. Can’t believe he said that! Everyone likes uncrustables!

  13. Ahhh they look so delicious! If a costco man said that to me- I would have probably chucked my costco sized pack of toilet paper at his face and ran away. Can’t believe he said that! Everyone likes uncrustables!

  14. Hi Christy! I just found your site and it’s beautiful! I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day when I was growing up, and I know if my mom could have bought them pre-made, she would have.

  15. I can’t believe he said that to you! Sounds like spending time with your kids at the pool is much more important then making sandwiches in the kitchen. You rock and these cupcakes are such a fun take on a classic.

  16. I think the uncrustables for the swimming pool is a great idea especially for this pregnant momma due at the end of summer. I loved that story! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Cool. I love filled cupcakes and I thought your Costco story was great. Funny, how widespread that assumption is these days about the kids raising themselves….

  18. I made peanut butter and jelly bars and only had blueberry jelly in the house. I used it and it was delicious.

    I would love to try the cupcakes. I still only have blueberry jelly to make it with.

    Great site, you have.

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  20. I just made these and they were dry. The frosting was the best part!

  21. I featured this recipe today on Fun Friday Finds. I hope you can stop by and check it out.

  22. The peanut butter and jelly cupcakes at Hill Country BBQ in NYC are great! They even have cute reeses pieces on top. Ever thought about using nutella?

  23. I really hope you found the manager on your way out. That man should not be working with the public if he doesn’t comprehend how out of line that comment was. I’d have told him to his face I wanted to see a manager, RIGHT NOW.

  24. I love peanut butter! Sadly I stay away from it in most times because I have a tendency to eat spoonfuls of it straight from the bottle (blush) so now I don’t buy it anymore.

    However, I have to make these cupcakes soon just because I have been so good for 3 months and can spoil myself…

    That frosting looks so good!

  25. I made these cupcakes today. Frosting is GREAT but my cupcakes were dry, any suggestions?

  26. I made these last night and had a couple issues. Although I followed this recipe faithfully, the cupcakes did come out a bit dry even without me overbaking them. Also, the icing wasn’t that fluffy, it came out pretty runny and would run off the side of the cupcake. =/

  27. Traci Winchell says:

    I had a request for PB&J Cupcakes but did not have a recipe. This has to be the best thing I have made in a very long time!! Thank you so much!! They were delicious and perfect, what more could a girl ask for?

  28. These cupcakes look great but the measurements must be off. I made them and they were dry and doughy. Not good! Sorry.

  29. Instead of jelly… what about making a marshmellow frosting? Nutter Butter cupcakes!! 🙂 Not much of a Pb&j girl, but I love Nutter butter sandwiches!

  30. Made these and they turned out great The cupcake was not dry though the texture is a little more on the muffin side and not 100% cakelike. The frosting was fluffy and easy to pipe. I think those who had trouble with the frosting may have had their butter overly soft or maybe used a “natural” peanut butter and didn’t have the oil stirred in well enough.