Peanut Butter Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

This Peanut Butter Coffee Cake is full of rich peanut butter and topped with a cinnamon sugar chocolate chip streusel! This is pure breakfast indulgence – and a good one at that!

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I’m about to blow your mind with Peanut Butter Coffee Cake that has a chocolate chip streusel. But first, I have a story for you that’s going to make you laugh at me.

As you know, my cat is weird. I told you awhile back how much she loves my husband. I also think I’ve mentioned that she only will drink water out of a pink water glass on my nightstand.

Callie always has liked to drink out of water glasses. Every once in awhile I’d catch her and tell her no. Then, when we moved into this house, somehow she took to consistently drinking out of the pink water glass I’d bring upstairs for during the night. After several nights of waking to her slurping out of my glass, I gave up and bought a few of those glasses with lids to use. She got to keep the pink cup.

Now, every night I refill it for her. I change it out every few weeks, but only with another pink glass. (I learned the hard way at 4am one morning that she does not like green cups.)

So, last night I was getting ready for bed. I placed my (covered) water glass on my nightstand and went about the other getting-ready-for-sleep things. Then I grabbed my allergy pill and swallowed it down with a glass of water from my nightstand.

Get where this is going?

After the first swallow, I realized I wasn’t using a straw.

After the second swallow, I realized the water tasted…weird.

Mid-third sip, it hit me I was drinking from the pink cup. Callie’s cup.

Yes, my friends. Last night I drank 2 week old cat water. With cat hair and other…things in it.

I spit out the third sip. And brushed my teeth again. Are you still laughing at me?

What I really wanted was to wash the cat hair out with Peanut Butter Coffee Cake…but there wasn’t any left.

Because it’s the bomb diggity of coffee cakes.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and tell you that this is the best coffee cake I’ve ever had. EVER.

Because it’s full of peanut butter.

Can you even fathom it?

I used my Mom’s coffee cake recipe and added peanut butter. I also switched up the sugar. I like brown sugar with my peanut butter cookies, so I used part brown and part white sugars.

Ohmigod the cake is so good. It’s dense and soft and so peanut buttery you’re going to go insane.

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And then I gave it a crumble. Because all coffee cakes have a good crumble, right?

It’s melted butter mixed with more brown sugar, cinnamon, some flour for binding…and chocolate chips. Because Peanut Butter and Chocolate together could solve all the worlds’ problems.

The crumble is in the middle of the cake, and on the top. It’s like a mouthful of crumble and cake and chocolate and peanut butter and seriously, I couldn’t stand it. I made this for the teacher breakfast the other day and it was all I could do not to hoard it for myself.

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This would be perfect for Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom, I think you should make it for yourself and not share. Hey, it’s Mother’s Day. Give yourself a gift.

I don’t make many things twice…but I guarantee you I’ll be making this again. And I won’t be sharing it.

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I may share a water glass with a cat…but I’m never sharing Peanut Butter Coffee Cake again. Ever. ;)

Peanut Butter Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

Yield: 9 large slices or 18 small

Peanut Butter Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

A peanut butter coffee cake layered with a chocolate chip streusel!


    For the Cake
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 of a stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used nonfat)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Streusel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9” square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk flower, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix sugars, butter, peanut butter, and egg in a large bowl. Stir in milk. Stir dry ingredients into wet and stir until just combined.
  4. Make the crumb topping: stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and melted butter. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Place half the cake batter in the pan and spread to fit. Top with half the streusel. Repeat with remaining cake batter and streusel. Bake for 21-24 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (Mine took 22 minutes to bake.)
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  1. That streusel?! UGH I want it!!!!
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  2. Dorothy!! Peanut butter coffee cake and streusel! Crazy delicious!!!
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  3. This is crazy but I made a PB cake with PB-choco streusel for Big Potluck that I went to 2 weeks ago! I havent blogged about it yet (likely my Monday or Tues post next week).

    Your cake looks amazing! And love those chunky streusel bit. Seriously, I would be in heaven with a slice of this!
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  4. Looks great! I was thinking someone could make it for me for Mother’s Day but then I read the part about the teachers…and that you would make again but not share. :(
    I still love you, Mom

  5. I NEED this for mother’s day! too bad i;d have to make it myself – but holy cow…amazing. I’ve never thought to add peanut butter to coffee cake
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  6. I love a good crumb coffee cake but this takes the cake! Peanut butter? Chocolate? mmm Yes Yes Yes!!!
    P.s. Would love if you link this recipe to my #bakedwithlove party

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  7. Seriously I cannot handle this. Mind blown? More like mind tornadoed! How creative and delicious can this get? Peanut butter and chocolate and crumble – pinned and definitely making the baking list!

  8. ewwwwww how dare you confuse me by telling me that unappetizing story but then showing the gloriousness of this pb coffee cake??! My belly doesn’t know how to feeeeeel!

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  9. Oh Dorothy! I made coffee cake over the weekend but it was nowhere near as much fun as this! Guess there will be cause for another one this weekend.
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  10. You said bomb diggity!! I say that all the time :) And yes my friend, this coffee cake is the bomb diggity! I bet you feel a lot closer to Callie…. ;)
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  11. I think adding the peanut butter to coffee cake makes it that much special! Coffee cakes are so good but I bet the peanut butter gives it some moisture that some coffee cakes lack.
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  12. Oh my goodness! Soooo funny, haha! What a silly cat :) I hope you’ve recovered from the incident, ha!
    This coffee cake looks perfect. I want some!!
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  13. I have a friend who actually gave the dog’s water bottle to a guest once… so you’re really not alone on the pet water thing!
    Gahh this cake! I might make this for my birthday instead of a cake this year!
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  14. That story in priceless! I have a cat that insists on drinking out of my water glass as well. And this coffee cake looks really addicting!
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  15. Crumble on top of crumble. yes.
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  16. Shannon Moore says:

    I was lucky enough to try this coffee cake at our school’s teacher appreciation breakfast yesterday. OMG! I ate 3, yes 3, huge pieces of this cake. It was like I had an addiction and couldn’t help myself. Best coffee cake ever! Thank you so much for making this for us!

  17. I completely would have cried if that happened to me and then proceed to eat this entire peanut butter coffee cake… it looks too good!

  18. Dorothy, I’m sorry, but this was hilarious! How totally disgusting! Yet I can’t get over the fact that your cat drinks out of glass!!! If you say this is the best coffee cake ever, then I better get to making it!
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  19. My cat loves drinking out of my glasses of water, too. Any time I leave a cup alone to run to the kitchen or the bathroom, I always wonder if it’s still safe to drink or if he’s dipped a paw or his tongue in it. Fun fact, I’ve found litter in the bottom of a glass after he dipped his paw in it :( Luckily, I didnt drink that. Ugh.

    This coffee cake soudns amazing! Peanut butter is one of my best friends. Kitty moms deserve delicious coffee cake too, right? Maybe I can convince my BF to make me this ;-)
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  20. I love coffee cake and PB! This recipe sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it out!
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  21. Well this coffee cake looks crazy good! I can’t wait to try this! I say this as I eat a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with my morning coffee:) So sorry you drank the cat water…yuck! Oh, well these things happen. At least you figured it out after only a few sips!
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  22. I can’t decide if I want this for breakfast or topped with vanilla ice cream! PB+chocolate are meant to be. Looks amazing Dorothy! (PS. I’ll have it for both!)
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  23. Oh my yum….and because it has pb I can have two slices for breakfast!
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  24. Sounds like a winning combination to me! Yummy!
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  25. Haha – cats are so weird! I have three and they can be quite particular sometimes :)

    This cake looks divine!
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  26. Oh lordeeeeeeee, lady!!! You get me every time with these desserts!!!
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  27. Cats are just crazy! Ours used to think she was a food inspector. Anytime you had food, she would have to sniff it. She would jump on your lap or meow non stop until you let her smell what you were eating! I could go for a piece of that coffeecake right now! How about you just bring one over…please, please, please :)
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  28. Um, yes please! I will take any excuse to eat pb and chocolate for breakfast!
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  29. EWW cat water! haha…I think you need twice slices of this coffee cake to get that taste out of your mouth. You always make the best coffee cakes by the way!
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  30. I have a uncontrollable passion for peanut butter! This recipe looks divine! Thank you!
    My cat drinks out of water glasses too, the fish bowl and the floor of the shower!
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  31. Yes, I am laughing right now…and yes, it is at you. But only because I love ya :-) That is just way too funny!!! Now this coffee cake? Every bit the bomb diggity!!!! I am in love with it!!!
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  32. This looks amazing! I am making it for our families Mothers Day Brunch!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is opens Thursday evening (and is live now) and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  33. I love coffee cake!! This looks so delicious!
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  34. Peanut butter and chocolate, one of my favorite combinations! This looks delicious, Dorothy!
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  35. Our cat used to only drink from the running bathtub faucet – cats are strange!
    I NEED this coffee cake in my life. I wonder if I print the recipe and leave it on the counter Saturday night, hubby would get the clue and make it for Sunday breakfast?
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  36. I’m always looking for new ways to make coffee cake –pinning! Yay, I’m so excited you posted this!!! :)
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  37. Sounds amazing Dorothy – perfect combination!
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  38. I have been looking forward to this ever since you started teasing about it. This cake looks so spectacularly amazing! I love peanut butter and chocolate. I cannot wait to try this. And your story made me miss having cats in my house. No matter how disgusting they were, I still loved them. Chickens just aren’t the same. I can’t wait to try this.
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  39. Just had to come back and tell you that I make this coffee cake today for a pre-mother’s day celebration. It was wonderful…a huge hit with the family! My brother, who rarely eats sweets, even had a piece and loved it! This will definitely become part of my cake rotation. Thanks so much for the recipe Dorothy!
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  40. Your cat water story literally made me lol! Your cake looks amazing, I love that you’re meant to eat it for breakfast too!
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  41. Wow, this looks amazing! Seriously, so good!! And ohmygosh I can’t believe you drank out of the pink cup!
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  42. HAHAHA oh man what we go through for our cats. Really, I shouldn’t say “our” cats, because the idea of owning one is ridiculous! They own us. On that note, I need this coffee cake now! It looks amazing, and I am a huge fan of teensy chocolate chips. PERFECT!
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  43. Peanut butter coffee cake is genius! Love this! :)
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  44. Hi Dororthy,
    I came across your blog and this recipe on Roxana’s Home Baking feature bakedwithlove. This caught my eye, it looks so delicious and moreish. Great recipe.
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  45. So less than an hour ago I saw this on pinterest, and I’m now back on the computer while this is baking and smells DELICIOUS!!!! My family will love it, thank you!


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