Happy PB&J Day! To celebrate our favorite day of the year, our friends at Bonne Maman helped us create this twist on the all-American classic. You can make your own chocolate babka, or for a quick and easy treat, just pick up a freshly baked on at your local bakery. Enjoy!
It’s true when they say that some sandwiches are just more fun to eat without the crust. Do they say that? I’ll say that! These three sandwiches are all different and all equally delicious. Perfect for children and adults alike. Create a sandwich bar and allow everyone to make their favorite version. I’ve given you three varieties to start with, but there are many more options that would also be fun to try. With whole wheat bread and all natural peanut butter these crustless sandwiches are a great lunch option any day of the week!
What’s red, white, blue…and completely delicious? This creative and eye-catching peanut butter and jelly poke cake, dressed up in its patriotic best. This recipe starts with a buttery, rich Smooth Operator peanut butter sheet cake, which is “poked” all over with a skewer post-baking and then smothered with a “jelly” inspired strawberry-and-gelatin soaking liquid. The liquid sinks in the spots where the cake was pierced, giving it irregular but lovely red stripes. Finished with a bright blue peanut butter buttercream, this cake is a beauty to behold, and the perfect picnic cake for your Fourth of July festivities.
These bars were inspired by my mother, Mary, who is crazy about anything with raspberry and chocolate. Growing up in Kearney, Nebraska she had her own raspberry bush and my fondest memories of spring were plucking berries right off the bush. Nothing goes better with raspberries and peanut butter than chocolate, so here I’ve used both Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams and White Chocolate Wonderful. A little sinful and decadent, these no bake bars are to-die-for.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic favorite with most kids and even several adults I know. There’s just something about the combo of slightly salty, nutty peanut butter paired with sweet fruity jam that is sandwich perfection. So I thought why not take those same great flavors and bake them right into a loaf of bread? When snack time rolls around, instead of a pb&j sammy, slice a piece of this beautiful bread and enjoy it as-is, or take it to the next level by toasting it and topping it with whatever you fancy. (Butter or more peanut butter and jelly, perhaps?)
And heads up, this bread also makes killer French toast, which is perfect for a special occasion breakfast or brunch!
These treats are an awesome dessert version of everyone’s favorite sandwich! With a double dose of peanut butter and a yummy jelly center, these cupcakes are perfect for summer gatherings. They’re super easy to make, and are ready to eat in less than an hour!
Super simple peanut butter and jam turnovers require just 5 ingredients and come together in minutes! They are a fun reinvention of a classic combination, and are all dressed up in a presentation that’s perfect for entertaining. Your friends and family will love how simple yet delicious they are. And be sure to bake up a double batch, as they’re sure to disappear fast!
I used Smooth Operator peanut butter, but if you’d like a little crunch in your turnovers, feel free to try Crunch Time.
We’ve given plenty of recipes a PB&J spin, and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! In this snack mix recipe, we mixed in strawberry jam along with our Smooth Operator peanut butter to evoke the taste of everyone’s favorite sandwich! The addition of dehydrated strawberries and salted peanuts adds a different texture but the same great flavors!
This twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is as good with crepes as it is with bread. It’s an unbeatable dish for breakfast or an after-school snack. You can use Smooth Operator and Rip Roarin’ Raspberry Preserves for a more traditional taste, or choose your own favorite flavors!
I’m a little obsessed with banana bread. So much so, in fact, that I often buy too many bananas so that I’ll be “forced” to use up the leftovers when they get too ripe to eat.
For this version, I’ve upped the ante by adding chunky Crunch Time peanut butter to the batter and swirling in a ribbon of sweet Gorgeous Grape jelly to give it an old-school PB&J twist – you get all the deliciousness of your childhood favorite, only with none of the mess. What’s not to love?
This recipe takes a regular muffin recipe and adds honey peanut butter to the batter. Once out of the oven, the warm muffins get a generous spread of sweet raspberry jam plus a sprinkling of chopped roasted salted peanuts – what a treat!
Great for breakfast, lunchboxes, or as an after-school snack!
Everything you love about peanut butter and jelly tossed in a yummy panzanella salad. Perfect for a picnic in the park!
Peanut butter fudge is super simple – and a must for any peanut butter lover – but adding jelly makes it a bit more fun and a perfect way to celebrate National PB&J Day!
Made with just peanut butter, jelly, confectioners’ sugar, butter, and white chocolate, this rich, yummy fudge is a pantry-ready dessert that can be whipped up last minute!
What I absolutely love about a classic Monte Cristo sandwich is the delicious sweet/savory combination of flavors. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s traditionally a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg batter, pan-fried, and then served with a dusting of powdered sugar on top and a side of preserves for dipping. This version adds both a smoky component (with turkey bacon) and a salty component (with peanut butter), which really takes it to the next level. A sprinkling of roasted, salted peanuts on top along with the powdered sugar makes it perfect.
Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich rolled in sugar these PB&J thumbprint cookies are a sweet treat with a touch of nostalgia.
Instead of using regular smooth peanut butter Caroline Wright uses The Bee’s Knees peanut butter which gives this regular lunchbox cookie a delightful hint-of- honey flavor.
Add these to your holiday cookie trays and they’ll be gobbled up immediately!
Fruitcake often times gets a bad rap during the holidays but Alejandra Ramos aims to change that notion with the addition of peanut butter because, after all, peanut butter just about makes everything better.
This fruitcake is loaded with crunchy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, cranberries, and since PB is nothing without its J, a heavy dollop of raspberry jam.
This is one fruitcake you won’t want to re-gift.
These homemade donuts are cut from a yeast dough, fried, piped with a raspberry jam, then dipped in a crunchy glaze made with peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, butter, and cinnamon. What better way to combine PB&J?!
Make these yummy treats for Hanukkah!
This simple, easy to make pancake recipe gets jazzed up with some mixed berries. Instead of topping them with traditional sugar or maple syrup, the pancakes are served with a milk jam made with peanut butter, sugar, and milk. The use of Mighty Maple peanut butter in the milk jam makes these pancakes so appealing for cool weather mornings!
Making Graham crackers shouldn’t be intimidating. The process is very similar to making pie crust. You simply cut the fat into the flour, add Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter and some honey, then pull the dough together with a little ice-cold water. A word of caution – don’t over mix the dough or you won’t get a nice, flaky bite. Likewise, add only enough water to help the dough stick together. Too much water will cause your graham crackers to be doughy. Try The Bee’s Knees or Mighty Maple peanut butter instead of Old Fashioned Smooth for fun.
Everyone I know loves a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich (including me!), and it’s always fun to reinvent this classic. Scones, which are like biscuits but are a bit more flaky and delicate, are a traditional part of afternoon tea; they are often served with jam and clotted cream. Here the clotted cream has been replaced with Brie cheese and the rich, peanutty scones serve as the “bread” portion of this elegant version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Everyone knows that Elvis loved his Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches. We’ve taken that classic and turned it into a decadent French toast sandwich! A peanut butter sandwich is dipped in batter and then cooked until crisp. The peanut butter and jelly become a wonderful and gooey mixture that will make anyone swoon.
I’m not saying that you should totally ignore chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But…why not also include a cake that is more fun to make with a partner: the Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll! If you’ve ever made a Jelly Roll cake at home, you know that it can be hard to handle the rolling of the cake while baking solo–so why not employ your Valentine with this most delicious task? You’ll be rewarded with a delicately spongy cake which gives way to a rich, deliciously smooth white chocolate peanut butter filling, beautifully paired with sweet strawberry jelly. Bonus points if you roll it into the shape of a heart! This is an adaptation of a classic Jelly Roll recipe I discovered in Taste of Home.
It’s funny, I grew up in an Asian household and the childhood classic Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich wasn’t part of it. In fact, shockingly enough, I didn’t eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until I was well into my 20s – on a quick overnight ski trip with friends who were all flabbergasted that I had never had one. They made it their mission that weekend to make sure I experienced this American staple and I never looked back.
Of course, I’ve always wanted to figure out a way to combine those flavor combinations into something a little bit more sophisticated, but still fun to eat. These cheesecake bars ended up being the perfect balance of whimsical fun and sophistication. I think even my Asian family would appreciate them.
The Bee’s Knees peanut butter and Gorgeous Grape Jelly infuse these honey sweetened cheesecake bars, making them a nostalgic treat with a twist. The best thing about them is that the hand held bar, makes them a little more casual than a full sized slice of cheesecake, suitable for any time you want a little something sweet. If grape jelly isn’t your thing, feel free to substitute Seriously Strawberry Jam, or Rip-Roaring Raspberry Preserves instead, though you may not be able to get the same pattern as the jelly. Just follow the instructions, and instead of drizzling the jam/preserves in a zigzag pattern, just spoon dollops all over the cheesecake batter and swirl it randomly with a knife.
The combination of peanut butter, banana and oats is fantastic in muffin form. But what I love most about this particular muffin is the secret bite of strawberry jam in the center, hidden away as a surprise. Think of it as a lovechild between decadent oatmeal banana bread and jam-filled peanut butter donut, only easier to make, more fun to eat and way healthier for you. Best of all, once they’re made and cooled, stick them in a ziplock bag in the freezer and pull them out individually the night before for a quick and easy breakfast in the morning.
One of my favorite weekend breakfasts is a plate full of warm cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit with coffee on the side. This twist on my regular cinnamon rolls has the classic flavors of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, rolled up into whole grain dough, and drizzled with a tangy yogurt and peanut butter glaze.
If you’re like me, two words generally come to mind when faced with recipes for Parisian macarons: “Too hard.”
But really, they need not be so scary. This unfussy version is easy as can be, and doesn’t require piping or weighing your ingredients. The result might be a bit more homespun than Pierre Herme, but they’re decidedly delicious nonetheless, with cloudlike cookies which give way to a substantial smear of comforting, creamy white chocolate peanut butter and sweet preserves. Perhaps Santa would like these on his plate instead of the usual (just a thought)!
If you’ve never tried to make cream puffs before, this recipe is a great excuse to play in the kitchen. They’re easier than you think. There are a couple of tricks that will help your cream puffs transform into light, airy balls of buttery dough. First, when you add the flour to the hot milk mixture be ready to stir – and don’t stop until the dough comes together and pulls from the sides of the pan. Another key that your dough is done cooking is the thin film that forms across the bottom of your pan. The other trick is to make sure that your dough isn’t too wet or too dry. Add the egg in parts. When the dough is the perfect consistency, it will just barely flow away from the beaters.
I still get a little excited every time I pull baked cream puffs out of the oven. Once you make your first batch, you’ll know exactly what I mean. This is so fun to make for any upcoming autumn events, including Halloween parties!
Everyone knows that chips and salsa are a delicious precursor to a Mexican meal.
But what about giving them a sweet and spicy and rich peanut butter makeover to continue the party post-dinner?
It’s time to introduce Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Dessert Chips with Fruit Salsa, a dish wherein plain flour tortillas are brushed with a decadent peanut butter, brown sugar and butter mixture and baked until crispy, then served with jam or preserves. It’s a snap to prepare and makes for some sweetly addictive eating.
These moist, peanut buttery muffins are stuffed with jelly – a perfect flavor combination, packaged up like a jelly doughnut, without the deep-frying! They make a great breakfast, lunchbox treat or after-school snack, and leftovers freeze well, if there are any!
Is there anything more comforting than a PB&J sandwich? I don’t think so. One of my most vivid memories is my mom, in the kitchen, preparing one for my lunch. These ice cream sandwiches are a cool twist on the old classic. Yummy grape jelly ice cream sandwiched between delectable peanut butter cookies. They would be a great way to cool down this summer!
March is National Peanut Month and I thought of a recipe that’s easy enough but also festive enough to help celebrate our favorite legume!
Peanut butter and jelly are long-time friends, as are jelly and doughnuts. I brought these old friends together to party in this recipe, and didn’t know how sweet the result would be until I tried it. The peanut-buttery dough is delicious—characteristically light like any of your favorite yeasted doughnuts, but with that crave-able peanut butter kick—and is brought to a whole other level when filled with grape jelly. It’s a match made in comfort food heaven.