When I was a kid my mom and I would make what she called Peanut Bars. They were a spongey white cake that we cut and rolled in a glaze. After the glaze came the finely chopped peanuts. We would spend, what seemed like, hours making these. Bake, cool, cut, glaze, roll, dry, glaze, roll, dry. Then, we would wrap them in plastic wrap two at a time. We'd put them into containers and we'd take them to the local hospital's Christmas Bazaar. There, they would FLY off the table. They were super popular. Within an hour they would all be gone, and we would still have people asking. Mom always kept some at home though. They were my very favorite. Laborious, yes, but so worth it.
I've totally shortcut this process with these cupcakes. While not QUITE the same, these are a white cake, not a sponge, the taste is still there. My hub,who never had the peanut bars, very much adores these cupcakes. They are so easy, so woohoo for that!
Make these for someone in your life who loves peanuts- you won't be sorry!
Upon my googling, I also found these Peanut Bars called Blarney Stones. I have yet to figure out WHY they are called such a thing, but who cares.. delicious!
Old Fashioned Peanut Bar Cupcakes
By Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers
For the cupcakes:
You will use white cake. Use a favorite recipe or from a box.
For the glaze*:
2 cups powdered sugar- sifted
4-5 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a small mixing bowl, whisk milk and vanilla into powdered sugar until glossy.
For the topping:
2 cups finely chopped peanuts*
One at a time, dip cooled cupcakes into glaze and then roll in nuts. Allow glaze to dry. Once dry, repeat the glaze/nut process. Allow to dry again.
*Depending on how much you glaze or roll in peanuts, you may need slightly more or less