10 Recipes to Help You Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

Posted: January 22, 2022 11:55 am

There are few things as quintessentially American as peanut butter. There are few children who grew up not slathering peanut butter and jelly between two slices of bread and enjoying a sandwich with a cold glass of milk. That does not even include the popularity of the peanut spread in desserts, sauces and the like. While other countries may not understand our obsession with peanut butter (although it is an International Aisle staple), we fully embrace it so much that every January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. It is a time to celebrate the classic American spread. Love peanut butter? These recipes will help mark the occasion.

Recipe 1: The Best Easy Peanut Butter Recipe

Creamy, delicious and it only takes five minutes to make? That sounds too good to true, but this recipe matches all of the above. Dry roasted peanuts, honey and salt are all you need for this spread that rivals anything you can find at the store. An extra strong food processor makes the process easier, and the serving possibilities are endless: on bread, in smoothies, on fruit, in oatmeal and more. This also makes a great atypical gift when jarred in a smooth glass jar. A gift for the peanut fans in your life, perhaps?

Recipe 2: Sweet and Spicy Peanut-Butter Bacon Sandwich

Peanut butter and bacon is not everyone’s taste, but those who love this niche combo are obsessed. This sandwich incorporates cinnamon raisin bread, peanut butter, cayenne pepper, bacon and honey. The pepper adds just the right amount of spice to tie it all together. It satisfies the need for a craving…or a new breakfast sandwich! Reviewers love toasting it in a pan and eating it warm.

Recipe 3: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

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These are the cookie form of a favorite sandwich. The cookie is perfectly thick and stuffed full of jelly and peanut butter chips. A large cookie scoop comes in handy for stuffing the cookie dough, which is just peanut butter and butter. Make sure to check these in the oven so they do not leak and to cool them on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes when they are out of the oven. Yes, making them is a little fussy, but they are likely to become a new favorite snack.

Recipe 4: Thai Peanut Noodles Recipe

Nutty and slightly spicy, you can whip up these noodles in mere minutes. Peanut butter elevates basic noodles to pack a punch in one delicious dish! First, measure out the spread. Then, whisk in soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, brown sugar and cooked fettucine or lo mein. Top with sesame seeds and green onion and you are done! This goes well with potstickers or veggie stir fry for more of an elaborate meal, but it also works on its own. Grab the chopsticks and get eating!

Recipe 5: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Bon bons are a treat that was believed to be first served in French courts at the turn of the 17th century. They typically have a creamy middle, and buttercream, marshmallow and coconut are common fillings. This recipe has peanut butter, which works equally well. Make sure you gather plenty of wax paper before you start. Creamy peanut butter is mixed with crisp rice cereal and then dipped in melty smooth chocolate. As these are refrigerated and frozen easily, these are great “make ahead” treats or gifts. While we recommend using semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate work as well.

Recipe 6: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Who knew butter and chocolate sandwich cookies could make such a tasty dessert crust? Beat peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping together, spoon the filling into the crust and chill. For a less sweet recipe, cut down the powdered sugar to ¾ cup. Top with banana, peanut butter cups or more whipped cream. As this is very rich, cut into thing slices and serve individually on plates. Some ambitious reviewers even used this as a cake filling or frosting. How innovative!

Recipe 7: Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Fudge is one of those recipes that at times feels old fashioned, but is actually a timeless classic. And, no wonder why—everyone from Grandma to your bestie likes sneaking a piece (or two, or three). Butter, brown sugar, milk, peanut butter, vanilla extract and confectioner’s sugar are poured into a dish, chilled and then cut into squares. For easier cleanup, line the pan with plastic wrap before dumping in the mixture. Put a few slices in a pretty box for an easy gift.

Recipe 8: Easy Peanut Butter Chicken

Onions, tomatoes, peanut butter and chicken make a surprisingly easy dinner. Add in your favorite spicy sauce for some additional heat. Leave the chicken in large cubes for the best results. Serve over white rice. This African-inspired dish may become your family’s new favorite, who knows?

Recipe 9: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This post-workout pick-me-up features banana, peanut butter, almond milk, Greek yogurt and cinnamon. The yogurt can be omitted for a dairy-free alternative. It tastes almost like a milkshake, but is much healthier. A little protein or cocoa powder can also take this to the next level, but watch your measurements! It could also be poured into a bowl and enjoyed that way, whatever strikes your fancy.

Recipe 10: Scotcheroos

These crispy peanut butter rice treats are topped with a mixture of chocolate and butterscotch chips. We recommend dark chocolate for these, but any type works! Line the pan with wax paper and work quickly to press the peanut butter, corn syrup, sugar and cereal mixture down flat. Then, melt the chips and spread the mixture evenly over the top to cool. Chill or wait for them to harden before slicing them. It is easier to make this recipe on a cooler day so the chocolate does not run or melt too soon. A perk of this recipe is it requires no baking whatsoever, although then you may want to eat one straight away. This is a hit at potlucks or just to jazz up dessert time with something a little unique.

Regardless of whether or not you prefer creamy or crunchy peanut butter, we hope you get to spread plenty of your favorite type on National Peanut Butter Day.

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