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Favorite Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

I could eat this peanut butter frosting by the spoonful….and maybe I did.

I’m not kidding.

It is that good!

Sweet Overload

After all the Christmas goodies we are bombarded with in December, and my youngest daughter’s birthday four days later, it would make sense that we might try to lighten things up in January.  Easier said than done.

New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy sound like a good plan, but unfortunately are bound to fail in our house.

My birthday falls in the first week of January, and my husband’s is exactly two weeks later.  So maybe things will change in February?  Not exactly.

A month after my birthday comes my son’s birthday, then approximately a week later it’s Valentine’s Day/Dezzi’s birthday.

And a couple days after Valentine’s day, I have yet another reason to make a sweet treat.

Happy Birthday to Don!

My former backyard neighbor, Don, turned 89 years old!

Don and his wife Shirley are the kind of neighbors everyone loves.  Though we actually didn’t get off to the best start.

When we first built our house in a subdivision that backed up to Don and Shirley’s acreage, Don was not too happy.  Any sense of private country living they once had, was being invaded by all the new houses going up.

I’ll never forget our first encounter with Don.  My husband, Troy, was outside with our dogs at the time, Doc and Duncan.  At this time, we didn’t have a fence yet, so had to put the dogs on a tie out.  Keep in mind, this tie out did not even come remotely close to crossing over our property line.

Don came along outside and Troy introduced himself, and the first words out of Don’s mouth were, “Your dogs pooped in my yard.”  Troy politely told him there was no way it could be our dogs, because we they couldn’t even reach his yard.  His tone quickly softened and he said, “Well, maybe it was a raccoon.”

Neighbors Become Friends

We didn’t see much of Don for the next few months, as cold winter weather was approaching.  By the time spring came around, we had already gotten a fence installed.  This allowed Doc and Duncan to take full advantage of our back yard, and also kept our three young (at the time) kiddos safe.  It was this spring that we really started to get to know Don, as he spent a lot of time outside too.

One day I heard the dogs barking.  I looked out the window to see them sitting at the east, back corner of our fence.  Don was on the other side of the fence with a huge smile on his face.

He hadn’t had a dog since he was young, but had picked up some treats at the store.  He fed Doc and Duncan treat after treat.  From then on, any time he saw them outside he would slowly make his way over to our fence, with a box of treats in hand.

Doc and Duncan quickly picked up on this.  Any time they saw Don working in his yard or heard him around the side of his garage, they would go wait at the corner of the fence.

Peanut Butter Loving Don

That next Christmas, I still remember the card they gave us.  It read something along the lines of,  “When we first saw your house going up, I told Shirley it was time to move.  Now, after meeting your wonderful family, you couldn’t pay us to move.”  ❤

Flash forward 7+ years, we decided to build a new house on a larger lot, to get that country feeling Don’s yard had.  Ironically, not long after we moved, Don and his wife Shirley decided to sell their acreage and buy a condo.  He had owned his own construction business and had lived in this house he built since 1970.  Unfortunately, construction work was hard on his knees.  So moving to a condo decreased some of the workload he would have….mowing, shoveling snow, etc.

Even though we both moved, we still only live about five minutes apart.  I love to spoil them with treats, especially around holidays and birthdays!  And over the years, I’ve learned that Don’s ultimate favorite dessert is really anything with chocolate and peanut butter.

So I decided to make him chocolate cupcakes, and top them off with peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients

This frosting is made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Bowl of Peanut Butter and Butter

Start by combining the peanut butter and softened butter.

Mixed Peanut Butter and Butter

Next, add the powdered sugar.

Add Powdered Sugar to Mixture

 

Mixed Ingredients

Finally, add the milk, vanilla, and just a pinch of salt.

Add Milk and Vanilla to Mixture

Beat until light and fluffy.

Bowl of Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

There is something about piping on frosting, that just makes cupcakes look so much more appealing.  Sure, they would taste just as good if you simply used a knife to spread on some of that fluffy peanut butter frosting, and I’ve definitely done that many times.  But…it was Don’s 89th birthday, so I wanted them to look extra yummy!Plate of Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I also topped them off with Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s pieces.  This guy really loves his peanut butter!  With or without, they are AMAZING!!

Dozen Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

And Troy and the kids were pretty thrilled when they found out I wasn’t giving the entire batch to Don.  This frosted 24 cupcakes generously, so there were enough to go around.

Decorated Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

And Don?  Well, when I left his house that day, he hadn’t even tasted one yet, but made the comment, “I always thought you should open up your own bakery.”

Maybe someday….

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