For a Super Bowl Party, the best foods to serve are those that require little attention from you, the host, and little work by them, your guests. Basically, that means non-messy, not too sticky nor drippy, finger foods.
There's certainly nothing with a gorgeous layer cake or a mile-high-something pie, but they require you to carefully cut and serve, use more plates that have to be washed later, and guests will have to be much more careful about spills and drips with a fork or spoon. Cookies, brownies, and cupcakes are much better dessert ideas.
I've always thought peanut butter would taste great in a cupcake, but would wreak all kinds of havoc on the texture. These were certainly dense as expected, but not leaden. They are not to sweet, and fairly peanut buttery. The idea was to top with the small, foil-wrapped football chocolates that are filled with peanut butter, but four stores in my neighborhood did not have them. I just made little chocolate footballs by hand.
Sarah's Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Preheat oven to 350.
Sift together 1¼ c. all purpose flour with 1 ½ tsp. baking powder and ½ tsp. salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Stir in 1 c. sugar.
Heat ¾ c. whole milk over low heat (or use a microwave), but do not boil. Add ½ c. creamy peanut butter, 2 Tbsp. butter and stir to melt in the peanut butter. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla.
When the milk mixture has cooled, stir in one large egg. Pour the entire mixture into the bowl with the flour, and stir until well-combined.
Fill cupcake liners and bake for 25 minutes.
Cool completely and frost with chocolate frosting and top with chocolate footballs.