Thanks a latte! That’s the response you’ll get when you unveil these pretty-as-a-picture cupcakes to your family and friends. But they’re not just good looking: made with Peanut Butter and Co.’s seasonal Pumpkin Spice peanut butter, these spicy-sweet cupcakes are topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting which adds a pleasing tang to the earthy cake flavor. Topped with an optional drizzle of caramel and outfitted with mini straws so that they look like a coffee shop beverage, these cupcakes reach stratospheric levels of both adorableness and deliciousness.
These double chocolate peanut butter cups are so much better than store bought and they are super easy to make! The best part about them is that they are much lower in sugar than a typical peanut butter cup. And, thanks to the Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter filling, they are also a lot lower in fat! Once you try one, it will be hard not to eat them all.
I am crazy about brownies. They’re chewy, chocolate and oh-so-full-of-love. Loaded with Chocmeister, two types of chocolate and toasted almonds, these Milk Chocolate Hazelnut and Almond Brownies are sweet, decadent and satisfying.
This is a traditional chocolate sheet cake, but with a delicious peanut butter twist. Mighty Nut Chocolate powdered peanut butter in both the cake and frosting takes the cake from good to great. It’s any chocolate and peanut butter lover’s dream!
Sheet cakes make the perfect dessert to feed a crowd. If you have a smaller gathering, feel free to wrap any leftovers in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 1 month.
If I’m being completely honest, muffins are really just an excuse to eat cupcakes for breakfast. But if I fill them full of heartier ingredients like oats, peanut butter, and fruit, it helps me feels a little less guilty. These peanut butter oat muffins made with Mighty Nut Flax and Chia Powdered Peanut Butter and packed with fresh raspberries are a delicious way to start your day.
These peanut butter brown sugar slice-and-bake cookies are the perfect treat to have on hand for whenever you have a sweet craving. The cookie dough will last for at least a month in the freezer, so all you have to do is slice it up and bake as many as you need.
There is no better snack than a rich chocolaty brownie with a glass of cold milk…except maybe a chocolaty peanut buttery brownie. These brownies were inspired by Alice Medrich’s celebrated recipe for Best Cocoa Brownies. They’re fudgy and moist, and pretty much everything a brownie should be. In my humble opinion, the only way to improve on that lovely recipe was to add peanut butter, which adds a nutty complexity.
Chocmeister Milk Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread. Cheesecake. Both of these things are excellent on their own, but when combined…oh, sweet delicious glory. Rich, creamy cheesecake filling is given a warm, chocolate-hazelnut scented hug in this recipe for Mini Chocmeister Cheesecake Bites, which are served atop a graham cracker-chocolate-hazelnut base. Originally inspired by a recipe created by my friend A Farmgirl’s Dabbles, I’ve adapted the recipe to include the rich chocolate-hazelnut spread not only in the filling, but in the base, and (why not) as a topping for these decadent bites. Served with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate on top, these are a truly addictive treat.
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.
There’s something incredibly comforting about these easy-to-make, no-bake peanut butter bars. I remember eating these as a child after school with a big glass of milk to wash them down.
Irish soda bread is a classic St. Patrick’s Day treat, but the flavor can sometimes be a bit lackluster. So to amp up this old-fashioned recipe into something completely delectable, I knew exactly what it needed – Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter! By incorporating peanut butter chunks into a traditional soda bread dough, the result is a deliciously sweet loaf that has the authentic crumbly texture and malty taste of Irish soda bread, but with luscious swirls of dark chocolate peanut butter. So break out your Irish jig, and get baking! This bread is definitely worth dancing over.
Scouting something sweet to eat that has plenty of nostalgia? Look no further than this homemade Girl Scout cookies recipe for Do-Si-Dos®.
The cellophane-wrapped version has nothing on these delightful sandwich cookies. They start with easy drop cookies featuring Smooth Operator peanut butter and a generous helping of oats, which come together quickly and boast a delicious, salty-sweet, nutty flavor. While the cookies are good enough to eat as-is, they get even better (and become downright addictive) when sandwiched together with a rich, lightly salted Smooth Operator buttercream.
Ready to win your merit badge for deliciousness? It’s time to whip up a batch of homemade Tagalongs® cookies. Inspired by the beloved Girl Scout cookie (also known in some parts as Peanut Butter Patties®), these cookies start with a tender shortbread base, which is then piled high with a sweet Smooth Operator filling and then completely enrobed in chocolate.
Once finished, the cookies might look like jumbo chocolate truffles from the outside, but one bite reveals the magical mélange of cookie and peanut butter contained within. Go ahead, serve them to all of your friends: you’re bound to bring on some sweet nostalgia and satisfy some serious sweet tooth cravings!
Do you ever find yourself craving a bite of something salty, sweet, and just a little bit sinful? Well this right here is your answer! These fluffernutter sandwiches are the perfect mouthful for your sweet and savory cravings, with a delicious peanut butter and marshmallow filling, decadent dark chocolate coating, and crumbled bacon topping that’s impossible to resist! Seriously, I dare you to eat just one.
Perfecting a fudge recipe is tricky. There’s quite a bit of trial-and-error involved. But once you have a good recipe that you know how to make well, you’re practically set for life.
This chocolate peanut butter fudge uses only three simple (and healthy!) ingredients and is so indulgent. Peanut butter and chocolate are a flavor combination made in heaven, and this fudge is so melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Whether you’re looking for a dessert to serve at a holiday party or just want to devour something indulgent, this 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge is sure to please!
This has got to be my favorite way to eat a s’more! This recipe tastes exactly like everyone’s favorite summer treat made into a no bake dessert. The addition of the Smooth Operator peanut butter is brilliant because everyone loves the taste of chocolate and peanut butter together. Make this your new go-to summer dessert!
This gluten-free version of the classic is just as yummy and uses only five ingredients. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with the signature crisscross fork marks, this cookie hits all the marks for a perfect old fashioned peanut butter cookie.
Even though they’re almost like a cross between chocolate chip cookies and brownies, blondies are unique in their own right. They should be rich – dense instead of light and cakey – and as far as mix-ins go, the sky’s the limit. Here I went with a peanut butter base for the batter, mixed in chocolate chunks and butter toffee peanuts, and topped it with pretzels and more peanuts. The resulting blondies are rich and gooey, sweet and salty, and completely irresistible.
These easy-to-make candy eggs will make any egg hunt or Easter basket extra special! Our white chocolate peanut butter filling pairs deliciously with the dark chocolate shell, and the rainbow sprinkles inside add a nice touch of texture and color.
This Easter, surprise your loved ones with fluffy, bouncy, peanut butter swirled marshmallows in their baskets. Store-bought marshmallows can’t hold a candle to these homemade treats. They’re softer, less sweet, yet packed with more melt-in-your-mouth flavor than the ones from a bag. Don’t be intimidated by the use of a candy thermometer or gelatin. It’s just a matter of heating and beating the ingredients. If you can read a temperature and turn on a stand mixer then you can make marshmallows!
This recipe has an entire chocolate cake and a full jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams as ingredients. What more needs to be said?
These gluten-free cookies are incredibly easy to make and use only one pot, so they’re great to make with kids! The tart dried cherries provide a nice contrast to the chocolate-y flavor of the cookies. Since there’s no baking involved, these tasty treats are ready to enjoy in no time!
When I think of holiday cookies, cut-outs always pop into my head first. My mom has been making regular cut-outs for as many Christmases as I can remember and they’ve always been a favorite. Maybe it’s the cut shapes or the pretty decorations; I don’t know, but there’s just something about this kind of cookie that is so festive.
Here I took cut-outs to the next level with a peanut butter makeover! These cookies are crispy outside, chewy inside, and bursting with peanut butter flavor. After eating them you might never want a regular cut-out cookie again (which is really saying a lot!). If you’ve never made cut-outs before, don’t worry because the dough is pretty easy to handle; I think once you see how painless they are to make, these might just become your go-to cookie.
Topped with a simple glaze and colorful sugar or sprinkles, these cookies are perfect for getting into a holiday mood!
I have a great chocolate cookie recipe that I just can’t stop messing with. My latest, and maybe greatest, variation is this peanut butter stuffed version. The outside cookie is rich and chewy, and the soft peanut butter center is a fun and delicious surprise. Make sure you have a tall glass of milk handy, and a few helpers to make sure you don’t accidentally eat them all yourself.
Peanut butter and coconut is one of my favorite combinations and I find myself creating peanut butter coconut recipes time after time. What makes this recipe extra special is that you can get your sweet fix without turning on the oven! These balls are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, don’t contain any added fat and in my opinion, are completely guilt free. And the best part? They only take 5 minutes!
Since this is completely no bake and amazingly simple, this is a great recipe for kids to make! Instead of Smooth Operator you can also use Mighty Maple or Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter in this recipe.
It’s Halloween time again and anyone with a sweet tooth is gearing up for basketfuls and armloads of sweet treats. This week, we have a nougat candy bar recipe that’s topped with a decadent chocolate drizzle. These homemade candy bars are sure to please Halloween night revelers! They’re also great for including in little goodie bags for friends and coworkers.
Learn how to make homemade peanut butter cups with just 3 ingredients – chocolate, PB, and sea salt! We’re using White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter but you can use your favorite flavor and they’ll come out just as delicious.
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?
Taken straight from the menu of the New York City-based Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop, this cool and creamy treat has a chocolate-covered chocolate cookie crust and a rich peanut butter cream filling.
Peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and chopped peanuts top this nutty, salty, and sweet pie. What more could a chocolate peanut butter lover possibly want?
We’ve found peanut butter heaven and it lies smack in the middle of these cakey whoopie pies.
Since whoopie pies are basically the definition of dessert perfection it only makes sense that adding a dose of peanut butter to the buttercream filling would be a wise decision. Seriously, peanut butter and chocolate – you can’t go wrong here.
Madeleines are a classic French pastry. They have the texture and flavor of a cake, but are baked in a little shell-shaped pan and are often referred to as cookies. Traditionally flavored with vanilla bean and a hint of lemon, I thought it would be fun to add an American flair with a little bit of peanut butter.
That little bit went a long way and these peanut butter madeleines are perfect for peanut butter lovers, while still possessing the delicate texture that fans of traditional madeleines appreciate.
These soft and sinful pull-apart muffins technically aren’t muffins at all. They’re made from sweet yeasted dough which is rolled into strips and layered to create irresistible peelable layers once they’re baked. I’ve made other versions in the past, but this one is for true peanut butter lovers and it’s my favorite recipe yet. Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter has been worked into every element of the recipe: kneaded into the dough, spread between the layers, and drizzled on top in a cream cheese peanut butter glaze. Paired with a mug of hot coffee, it’s peanut butter heaven.
Forget 50 shades of grey. Four shades of peanut butter are far more tantalizing. Especially when they make up the layers on a delicious peanut butter ombré cake. Not only is it delicious, but you’re not going to get embarrassed if your boss or your grandma see you carrying this baby around.
To the uninitiated: ombré refers to a shaded or graduated tone of color. It’s a trend that has taken fashion by storm as clothing prints and even a hair dye method. But bakers have caught on to the trend bigtime, bringing ombré to the world of cakes and pastry.
This cake is a tasty nod to the trend, using peanut butter in various amounts and flavors to create an ombré effect. Surprisingly easy to make, this cake is rich in peanut butter flavor, and big on the “wow” factor when sliced into.
This parfait is layered with two puddings made from scratch, chocolate and peanut butter, the most delectable flavor duo ever bestowed upon desserts.
Top with some crème fraiche and chopped peanuts for an impressive dessert that’s easy to make! The parfaits’ elegant presentation makes them a great dessert choice for parties or special dinners.
This recipe gets two doses of peanut butter: one in the biscuit and another in the whipped cream!
Piled high with layers of peanut buttery shortbread, sweet strawberries soaked in sugar and lemon, fresh whipped cream, and roasted peanuts this is one simply irresistible dessert.
As I was brainstorming recipes for Fathers Day I knew two foods that had to be involved, peanut butter and chocolate. The combo never, ever, disappoints.
Plus, my dad loves this combination, so it just seemed fitting for Fathers Day.
Since the weather is finally turning warmer, the thought of turning on the oven is just no fun. Thus, a frozen chocolate peanut butter pie seemed like just the right answer for a delicious Fathers Day dessert this year. It’s super easy to make and everyone will go wild for it.
So here is how you make it.
Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter are the very best of friends, which is what makes Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter so irresistibly delicious.
Here, I’ve used it as the base for a super-rich, super-chocolatey, super-smooth ice cream. It’s a great summertime treat all on its own, and it’s doubly good when sandwiched between two thin layers of gooey-soft brownie.
Banoffee Pie is a favourite traditional dessert in the UK. Already quite an evilly delicious dessert as it is, here is an updated version of it with a whole new twist – chocolate peanut butter! One bite and you’ll never look back.
These simple stir-together cookies are made in a flash and are great for any occasion. Since Thursday, May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie day we thought we’d add our own little peanut butter touch to celebrate the holiday.
In this recipe we pay homage to the chocolate chip cookie by adding creamy peanut butter deliciousness to the dough to make an American favorite even tastier!
Make the cookies and celebrate the holiday this Thursday!
In this recipe the classic Italian dessert gets a nutty spin. Creamy peanut butter is whipped into the mascarpone and instead of using lady fingers slices of pound cake are soaked in the espresso and rum.
Garnished with chopped peanuts and shaved chocolate, this stunning dessert will surely please Mom this Mother’s Day!
Peanut butter and coconut are two beloved flavors, so why has no one thought to put them together into a layer cake? I searched the internet and came up practically empty. There was only one thing left to do at that point, create the recipe myself!
Starting with a traditional vanilla cake, I swapped out creamy peanut butter for the butter and added some coconut milk to tie the two flavors together. I frosted the cake generously with a cream cheese coconut icing and finished it with a sprinkling of shredded coconut.
I served the cake to a group of friends and they raved about it. “I’ve never heard of a peanut butter coconut cake before” and “what a great combination!” were some of the comments I got. Yep, it’s definitely a winner.
National Blueberry Pie Day is April 28th and we’re celebrating it with a blueberry pie twist via these Peanut Butter Blueberry Pie Bars!
Using peanut butter dough for both the crust and the streusel, the result is almost like a peanut butter cookie with a blueberry pie filling. So yummy!
These sliceable bars are easy to transport and perfect for outdoor picnics when bringing a pie might be too difficult.
This Easter, I urge you to peanut butter and jelly–but not in the expected sandwich way. I’m talking about making homemade peanut butter jelly beans.
It isn’t easy to improve a candy icon. But in the case of the jelly bean, I must humbly submit that I’ve done a pretty good job at raising the bar, with a little help from the peanut butter and honey powerhouse that is The Bee’s Knees.
The recipe evolved from the simple theory that peanut butter makes everything better. Seriously–try thinking of something it doesn’t improve. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Turns out, jelly beans are no exception. Of course, homemade jelly beans are already superior to their sweet yet bland commercial counterparts, with a fresher flavor and more tender texture. Adding sweet, rich, creamy peanut butter kissed with honey into the mix makes them a thoroughly craveable treat, and takes jelly beans from filler candy in your basket to an Easter bunny approved treat, delicious in their own right.
This meringue-based dessert with a delicate crisp crust and soft center is topped with peanut butter whipped cream, strawberries, and drizzled with peanut butter syrup. So elegant looking, the Pavlova is a “wow them” dessert for celebratory meals or holidays.
The Bee’s Knees honey peanut butter is used in this recipe, giving it a spring-like feel perfect for Easter!
Growing up, no-bake chocolate cookies were a staple in my house. I loved them because they were fast, easy, and required little precision. It was the first recipe I learned to master.
These little cookies are a take on our family recipe, with the variation of shaping them into nests and filling them with egg-shaped candy for Easter. I also added some crunchy chow mein noodles, which do a great job resembling twigs. It may sound like an odd addition but they have virtually no flavor of their own, and the little crunch they give the cookies is an extra bonus.
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!
Gluten free baking doesn’t have to be hard! These oatmeal cookies are a breeze to make and don’t require any extra special gluten free ingredients you wouldn’t normally have on hand.
In this recipe the White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter lends a sweetness to the cookie and a sprinkle of sea salt on top before cooking balances out the flavor. With a crunchy outside and a soft inside these hearty cookies are the perfect treat for an afternoon snack or dessert.
Stop! Hamantaschen time. This is a popular treat at Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorated on March 16 this year, but it tastes so good it should be made all year round! Inspired by the look of a tricorner hat, these chapeau-shaped cookies are folded over the top to reveal the filling enclosed within. Although fillings such as apricot, poppyseed, or prune are most traditional, they work beautifully with peanut butter (I favor the gentle honey-kissed flavor of The Bee’s Knees) and, if you like, with jelly too. While they might resemble a danish, one bite will tell you they’re really all cookie: falling somewhere between crumbly on the edges and delectably chewy where the filling meets the dough. This is an adaptation of a recipe for traditional Hamantaschen I found on the website, Cupcake Project.
Learn how to make peanut brittle from this easy-to-follow recipe! This brittle’s been infused with Dark Chocolate Dreams which adds chocolate and peanut butter flavor to the crispy candy. You’ll never go back to plain old brittle after trying this salty, sweet, crunchy totally satisfying version.
There is nothing easier than a bark. It’s just melted chocolate and mix-ins recombined and then broken up to make a very simple and delicious festive snack. This peanut butter bark adds crushed pretzels and chopped peanuts to swirls of melted white chocolate, milk chocolate, and peanut butter.
There is nothing easier than a bark. It’s just melted chocolate and mix-ins recombined and then broken up to make a very simple and delicious festive snack. This peanut butter bark adds dried apricots and chopped peanuts to swirls of melted white chocolate mixed with peanut butter.
A bite of these sticky buns is a mouthful of ooey, gooey, peanut buttery yumminess.
A buttery cinnamon-sugar topping with chopped peanuts rests on these glorious buns, which are filled with melted Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. These sticky buns are worth waking up for especially on these cold winter mornings!
Creme brulee is one of those desserts that is so perfect in its original form, it’s hard to mess with it. But once you do, you realize there are endless possibilities. This peanut butter variation is one example. Just when you thought creme brulee could not get any better, it does. Plus, this is a no-bake recipe, meaning you don’t need to fuss with water baths or turning on your oven.
Wouldn’t this be an amazing dessert to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? (And you get extra servings, too!)
Homemade caramel popcorn couldn’t be any easier! This popcorn is covered in a caramel sauce made in just minutes on the stove top by stirring together honey, sugar, and peanut butter.
Mixed with some roasted salted peanuts you have a salty, sweet peanut buttery snack perfect for watching the big game!
Peanut butter is one of those versatile ingredients that plays well with both savory and sweet food, making it the perfect anchor for a Chinese New Year’s Dessert. Asian desserts are almost never super sweet and often times have a savory element to them; think red bean paste buns or egg custard tarts. For this Chinese New Year, consider this updated American classic, a White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter Sesame Rice Krispie Treat.
What’s great about these classic treats are they take a familiar American standard, that are a breeze to make, and that everyone loves, and gives it a slightly savory exotic twist on it. The crispy rice cereal all of a sudden becomes an Asian inspired treat with the savory sesame oil that is added to it. White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter ties the treat together cutting the sweetness of the marshmallows, elevating them to a dessert that is equally delicious at home, at a bake sale, or as part of Chinese New Year’s dinner party buffet.
If you use a gluten free crispy cereal, this treat is naturally gluten free. Just check your box of cereal to make sure it is labeled gluten free. Some rice crispy cereal contain malt flavoring which is not gluten free.
Five-spice is made with a rotating cast of characters depending where you are but in this recipe Caroline Wright grinds together star anise, cinnamon, fennel, black peppercorns, and cloves.
The spice blend is added to a simple peanut butter cookie recipe made with maple peanut butter. Before baking, the dough is rolled into a sugar-spice mixture using a portion of the five-spice.
With the spiced flavor and the maple peanut butter echoing the sort of molasses flavor spice cookies are known for, you can think of this as a peanut butter cookie that went through a gingersnap-type makeover.
If Elvis were alive and well in the United States right now, what would he be eating?
Probably the doughnut-croissant hybrid which has taken the nation by storm, known by two memorable syllables: Cronut.
The beautiful marriage of flaky dough and crispy frying has captured the hearts and appetites of many. If you are what you eat, this is a treat so rich it’s practically royalty. This makes it perfect, of course, for a treat dedicated to the King’s birthday. This adaptation inspired by the famous treat comes together in minutes, thanks to the use of store-bought crescent pastry dough, but is unique in its rich peanut butter filling, subtle and nuanced thanks to honey-infused The Bee’s Knees peanut butter. If some is good, more is better, so it’s also got a decadent The Bee’s Knees glaze on top, too. Finishing things off is chopped bananas as garnish,which add a wonderful sweetness that plays well with the honey and peanut butter and pays homage to some of Elvis’s favorite flavors. With all of this amazing flavor going on, I’d like to dub this treat…
Crobananapeanuts (or, Elvis peanut butter doughnut croissants)
When it comes to making merry during the holiday season, eggnog brings the party like no other beverage.
And this year, peanut butter is coming to the party. White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, that is, which takes eggnog from celebratory to sinfully (but oh so delightfully) indulgent.
Traditional eggnog is characterized by its use of raw egg yolks, but this version is worry-free in that the yolks (the part prone to bacteria) are lightly cooked. Heating the milk and cream along with the peanut butter allows for the peanut butter to melt into the mixture and impart its flavor, and reaching a temperature of 160 (DEGREES) F once the eggs are added will ensure that there is no worry of unwanted bacteria. It may not be as dangerous, but it’s still mighty delicious.
As for the alcohol which is commonly added to eggnog, it’s up to you if you add or abstain.
Even “virgin,” this beverage is like drinking melted ice cream, in a very good way; if you choose to add bourbon or another alcohol, you’ve got a downright tipsy pleasure.
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!
These sparkly sugar-dusted cookies pair three classic cookies in one delicious bite – they’re part chewy gingersnap, part soft peanut butter, and part chocolate crinkle.
The vegetable shortening is an unusual choice in this case, but it’s necessary to create the crisp edges and soft centers that make these cookies so incredibly addictive. Try to bake them a day or two in advance – they’ll get softer and chewier the longer they stand, and as good as they are right out of the oven, they’re even better after they’ve had a day to mellow.
My very favorite holiday is without a doubt Christmas. I love it so much that it’s hard for me to wait till after Thanksgiving to start breaking out the Christmas music and Santa cookie cutters. I try, but I almost never make it! Especially living up here in the mountains where by Halloween it usually looks like Christmas Town!
One of my all-time favorite Christmas characters is Frosty the Snowman, everyone’s favorite loveable snowman! I really wanted to combine my love for Frosty and my love for all things peanut butter. Therefore, I used a family secret peanut butter coconut truffle ball as the base for these adorable Frosty’s. They are crazy easy to make and so delicious. I mean, peanut butter and coconut are a match made in peanut butter heaven, but there is also white chocolate involved! Bonus, people will not be able to get over how incredibly cute they are!
I love peanut butter and chocolate – they are 2 of my favorite worlds – so why not combine them to make Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies? Yum yum! These are some of my favorite cookies, especially during the holiday season. My husband’s mother has been sending us a gift box every single year full of cookies for the past 10 years. We anxiously await these cookies because inside we know they always include Peanut Butter Blossoms. As soon as the package comes we rip it open, sit at the table and enter Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie bliss. These truly are magical!
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!
The inspiration for this recipe came from my love of pumpkin, monkey bread and holiday entertaining. Every year for Christmas breakfast my mom makes her famous monkey bread. Guys, it is so good and also pretty special since we only have it on Christmas morning. Yes, only once a year!
Enter this monkey bread. It is completely different, but in an amazing way! The monkey bread dough is pumpkin spice. Meaning it is stuffed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Then the dough balls are generously drizzled with creamy peanut butter. Oh my gosh, I know! So awesome! Oh, and there are some caramelized bananas hidden on top too, but if you have any banana haters they can easily be left out.
Liven up a classic pumpkin cheesecake with a Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter swirl!
This recipe is made with a chocolate crumb base, smooth, velvety pumpkin cheesecake, and dollops of chocolate peanut butter batter swirled throughout the cake before baking. The peanut butter keeps the cake creamy and its peanutty chocolate flavor complements the earthy notes of the pumpkin.
This may be the only dessert you’ll need for Thanksgiving!
Just like traditional baklava, this dessert is made with layers of phyllo dough and butter, then baked and drizzled with sweet syrup made from honey, sugar, and water. The twist comes from the filling where instead of using chopped nuts and sugar, the phyllo dough is layered with warm crunchy peanut butter mixed with a touch of cinnamon.
The crunchy peanut butter not only adds texture but also tempers the sweetness that baklava is known for!
This cake pays homage to the peanut butter-chocolate combo we all adore.
In her recipe, Alejandra Ramos uses full fat Greek yogurt for a soft, moist cake and adds a cup of coffee to to the batter which heightens the chocolate flavor of the cocoa. Topped with a crunchy peanut butter frosting and chopped nuts, one taste of this cake is a bite full of yummy.
Celebrate Peanut Butter Lover’s Month with Triple Peanut Butter Cupcakes!
The cupcake batter is blended with peanut butter and peanut butter chips, and topped with a sweet, creamy peanut butter frosting after baking. A garnish of peanuts and sea salt adds some extra nutty crunch.
This cupcake is the perfect peanut butter trifecta!
Caroline Wright teaches Alejandra Ramos how to make peanut butter caramel with sugar, water, cream, and Smooth Operator peanut butter to use as coating for apples. The peanut butter adds a smoother, silkier texture as well as a delicious, nutty flavor to the caramel. The apples are rolled into chopped peanuts after dipping but you may also use or add other confections like chocolate chips, crushed candies, or coconut flakes to roll them in.
Forget trick or treat… these plump homemade doughnuts are all treat, with their combination of fluffy pumpkin-spice yeasted dough, sweet peanut butter pudding filling, and a bright orange pumpkin glaze. To transform them into jack-o-lanterns for your Halloween party, all you need is a couple of tubes of black gel icing and a steady hand.
Tarte Tatin was created in France during the 1800s at Hotel Tatin by accident when one of the Tatin sisters was trying to make a traditional apple pie for their guests. Distracted from a busy day, the apples were left cooking in the butter and sugar for far too long. Smelling the burning mixture, the sister tried to rescue the dish by putting the pastry base on top of the pan of apples and then finishing it off by putting the entire pan in the oven. This week in the kitchen, Alejandra Ramos and Caroline Wright play the Tatin sisters and recreate the dish with a peanut butter spin. A layer of peanut butter is spread on the pastry dough before it is flipped onto the pan to cover the caramelized mixture of tart Granny Smith apples, butter and sugar. Alejandra uses Mighty Maple peanut butter to complement the tarte’s autumnal cinnamon and apple flavors!
This elegant dessert is a great dish for entertaining. The shortbread crust is like a big, giant cookie topped with a chocolate ganache made with chocolate, cream, and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and a layer of pomegranate arils. It’s the perfect dessert — a looker, and tastes amazing too!
The secret to these fantastic muffins is the peanut butter and cinnamon incorporated into both the streusel topping and the muffin portion. The awesome streusel topping contains ooey, gooey Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter mixed with the flour, butter, and extra cinnamon. It gets even more exciting beneath the streusel surface – one finds buried Cinnamon Raisin Swirl treasure baked right into the moist, cinnamon-y cake.
There are a lot of chocolate brownie recipes with peanut butter but this blondie version of the brownie rarely gets the peanut butter hookup. These blondies get its rich caramel taste from the brown sugar, and the White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter and white chocolate in the batter complement the orange zest and marmalade wonderfully. The combination of nutty, chocolatey, and orangey flavors is just plain awesomeness!
I love oatmeal raisin cookies. They are, by far, my very favorite type of cookie. Another favorite of mine? Peanut butter cookies. I’m very picky about both varieties, though. I like them soft, thick, and unbelievably chewy – not dry, hard, or crunchy in the slightest. It’s hard to find a soft peanut butter cookie and a chewy, thick oatmeal raisin cookie. And it’s been my mission to create the perfect cookie combining the two.
These cookies are unbelievably thick, soft, and bursting with peanut butter flavor thanks to Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter. Think of these cookies more as peanut butter cookies with oats rather than oatmeal cookies with peanut butter. And each bite is chockfull of cinnamon and raisins.
I am what I am, but there’s no yam in these cupcakes. They’re made with delicious sweet potato! When added to a rich pound cake batter, sweet potato and spices make for a comforting cake, especially during cold-weather days. The cupcakes get even better, however, once you take a bite and realize that they have a sweet flavor surprise: a spoonful of Mighty Maple peanut butter inside of the cake, and a kiss of peanut butter in the frosting. Make this for your Labor Day festivities to mark both summer’s end (sigh) and the start of beautiful autumn days!
The idea for this cake was inspired by a buttery caramel apple upside down cake I made last year. I wanted to take the same idea but transform it into an incredible rich, dense peanut butter cake underneath the layer of apples. I love peanut butter and apples together! And boy, this cake does not disappoint combining the two. Each bite is impeccably soft, moist, and full of peanut butter and juicy sweet apples.
The apples sit in a pool of homemade caramel as the peanut butter cake bakes on top. Once the cake is done, invert it on a large serving plate to reveal the gorgeous sliced apples on top, decorated with lots of crunchy peanuts. Grab your glass of milk because you will need it after one bite of this rich decadent cake!
After making my first ever bread pudding two years ago, I’ve become addicted to them. They are great for dessert and even better for breakfast. This bread pudding is perfect for summer when fresh cherries and berries are in season, but you can swap out the cherries in this for any fruit that you love and make it all year long.
One of the sandwiches I order the most at Peanut Butter and Co.’s Sandwich Shop in NY City uses The Bee’s Knees peanut butter and so in homage to my favorite peanut butter, I came up with a sweet treat that combined all of my favorite things- peanut butter, popcorn, marshmallows, and honey roasted peanuts.
These peanut butter popcorn bars are chewy, sticky, and chock full of peanuts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, but beware- they won’t last long in your kitchen.
This decadent dessert is the love child of two southern favorites: a PB & Banana Sandwich and Banana Pudding. As if by magic, the rich homemade peanut butter pudding binds slices of pound cake and bananas together like a country-style tiramisu.
After a day in the fridge, all the elements meld together, with the cake absorbing moisture and flavor from the pudding, while the bananas become tender and ripe. Scooped into a bowl, it may look a mess, but with crunchy bits of peanut brittle on top it’s a heavenly dessert.
This peanut butter banana pudding is perfect for parties and cookouts because you can make it in one bowl and scoop it out at the table. Best of all, since it needs to be made a day in advance, it frees you up to enjoy dinner and dessert with your guests.
The first recipe I ever made with my new bundt cake pan was this peanut butter cake. It is so moist, soft, and bursting with peanut butter flavor. It reminds me of a giant peanut butter cookie, but in cake form. Each slice is quite dense and studded with chocolate chips. I love it finished off with a sweet chocolate glaze. Peanut butter and chocolate fans will go crazy for this!
My typical morning routine involves oatmeal and Smooth Operator peanut butter, however some days I need an extra kick of caffeine and chocolate — lots of chocolate.
Enter the Dark Chocolate Dreams Mocha Muffins! Combining chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee, I’ve created the perfect morning treat that will have you rushing to the kitchen. These are perfect for weekend visitors as you can make the entire batch in advance and then drizzle them with peanut butter the morning of.
This is the treat for those days when you just need a little extra kick of caffeine (or chocolate for that matter).
Want to really show off with your next dessert offering? Well then, you’ll definitely want to make this cake. It looks like a pretty normal cake on the serving plate, but once cut into, the amazing interior is exposed. Composed of 10 thin stacked cakes, each sandwiched with a layer of White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter frosting, this is “frosting with the cake,” a delightful treat that begs for a glass of milk. It’s a peanut butter-ized version of a famous cake from Maryland (actually, if you want to get technical, it’s the Official State Dessert!) called Smith Island Cake, which is given out as the prize during community events. But no need to sing and dance when you’ve got this recipe–everyone’s a winner!
Everyone knows that peanut butter and carrots are always a great pairing… so why not update the classic carrot layer cake by adding sweet Mighty Maple peanut butter to the traditional cream cheese frosting?
The end result is both delicious and impressive – three towering layers of moist, spicy carrot cake with plump golden raisins, all enclosed in swirls of tangy, maply frosting. The only downside is that you’ll be tempted to eat it all on your own, which is probably not a very good idea!
While layer cakes might seem a little intimidating, they’re actually much easier than you’d think. This one in particular is a great one for beginners – the sturdy layers of cake stack beautifully, and I’ve added a decorative garnish of chopped honey roasted peanuts that do wonders for disguising even the most imperfect of frosting jobs.
Easter Candy has come a long way. When I was young, it seemed as if it was a matter of chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and your choice of creme eggs or mini eggs in terms of treats. Then…along came the peanut butter egg. A delectable nugget of sweetened peanut butter coated in rich chocolate, it rocked my Easter basket and my world. Here’s a homemade version of a store-bought treat, made yet awesomer by incorporating peanut butter in the filling and the topping. A word of advice? If you’re creating these confections for a crowd, please make a double batch. They’re seriously that simple, that addictive, and that good.
If there are only two flavors I could enjoy for the rest of my life, it would be salted caramel and peanut butter. I have a go-to peanut butter cupcake and a go-to salted caramel frosting. I’ve never combined the two before, but I knew they would be an unbeatable pair!
I’ve been making these peanut butter cupcakes for years. They are unbelievably soft and moist, which is in part because of the brown sugar and 2 eggs in the batter. They are loaded with peanut butter flavor too. The frosting is legendary. It’s thick and tastes identical to salty caramel corn, but in creamy dreamy frosting form.
I adorned the finished cupcakes with green sprinkles, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
When it comes to cooking at home, I’m all about making food with a good taste to effort ratio. By that measure, this peanut butter cake probably has the best ratio out of anything that’s ever come out of my kitchen.
For roughly one minute of work, you’ll be rewarded with a rich tender cake, covered in a gooey peanut butter sauce that tastes like it could have come from the kitchen of a 3 Michelin star restaurant.
It’s a flourless cake, which means it’s gluten-free. Aside from making it Celiac friendly, this makes it easier to make because you don’t need to worry about over-mixing the batter. It’s also very flexible because you can adjust the texture of the cake by the amount of time you cook it. On the low end, you’ll end up with a tender molten cake covered in a rich sauce. Cook it a little longer, and you’ll have a moist fluffy cake that can be frosted.
You’ll probably need to experiment with the timing for your microwave the first time. I recommend setting the microwave for 1 minute for the first cake, then stopping it when it looks done. Once you have the timing down the rest of the mugs should be a piece of cake!
For some variation, try using flavored peanut butter like Mighty Maple, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, or Dark Chocolate Dreams, but be sure to halve the amount of sugar since the peanut butter is sweetened.
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.
There’s nothing quite as elegant as a profiterole stuffed with light and airy pastry cream. Add smooth, white chocolate peanut butter into that equation and it reaches for divine. They’re not as hard as they look either!
The first time I had heard of “buckeyes” my coworker, originally from Ohio, offered me one during that mid-afternoon lull. I was drearily working away at my computer when she asked if I wanted an Ohio treat. I was immediately taken with cute little confectionary, named after the buckeye nuts that drop from Ohio buckeye tree. Like a peanut butter cup on steroids (more peanut butter to chocolate ratio!) I immediately knew that I wanted to take them up a notch by making them with The Heat is On and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Sure they don’t look like the traditional buckeye, but theses sassy treats are a delight both to the eye and to the mouth.
These buckeyes aren’t the traditional buckeye candies, as they use a combination of The Heat is On and Dark Chocolate Dream peanut butter. The addition of cream cheese helps mellow out the sweetness of the candy (a trick I learned from the guys over at the Baked bakery in Brooklyn) and bind the peanut butters together. I used a little coconut oil to give the dark chocolate a nice snap as well as subtle hint of vanilla for the chocolate coating, but feel free to use butter in its place if you don’t have any coconut oil.
Millionaire’s shortbread pretty much rules. I mean, it’s shortbread, already buttery bliss all by itself, rendered awesomer by topping it with caramel and chocolate for what amounts to a triple-threat of delicious. It makes for a treat so rich you can kind of see where it gets its name.
But of course, with inflation being what it is, why stop at a million when you can have a billion? And so I present Peanut Butter Billionaire’s Shortbread, wherein two types of peanut butter is added to it and its awesome quotient is upped exponentially.
My love for peanut butter and sweet potatoes began, well, before I can remember really. As a sweet treat at lunch I’ve always topped a baked sweet potato with peanut butter, cinnamon, and a shake of salt- it’s heavenly.
By taking a typical twice baked potato and adding Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract I’ve created an out of this world concoction.
In fact, I am pretty sure I will be adding this to my breakfast rotation with it’s combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fats- not to mention its sweetness. It’s definitely enough to hold me over until lunchtime.
First off: how do you say the name of these cookies? I say it “alf-a-hore-ay” and nobody’s ever looked at me funny, so go ahead and use my method. The alfajor (alfajores, plural) is a delectable type of crumbly cookie, commonly sandwiched with indulgent dulce de leche, which is very popular in South America. But like most things, it gets even better with a little peanut butter! This version includes peanut butter both in the cookie dough and mixed with the dulce de leche filling, making for a delectably addictive caramel peanut buttery treat.
Recipe notes: you are welcome to make your own dulce de leche (in fact, I applaud you if you do), but I found that the store-bought kind works just fine. Also, traditionally these cookies are dusted with confectioners’ sugar before serving, but I didn’t like what it did to the cookies’ texture, so I went without.
These are a variation on our favorite breakfast treat pain au chocolat, a French-inspired treat served in the boulangeries of France. In French Canada they are referred to as chocolatines and are a special treat not to be missed. This variation of mine is filled with a cream cheese and peanut butter blend that bakes up beautifully for a special way to start your day. The combination of a buttery flaky dough, peanut butter and dark chocolate, baked together and giving off a deliciously seductive aroma is completely irresistible. You can roll them in the traditional pain au chocolat shape or create a pin wheel shape as I have done here.
Growing up, my mom’s no bake cookies were one of my favorite treats. This version is based on her basic cocoa no bake cookie, but they’re bumped up a bit with some peanut butter flavor and pretzel “spider legs,” making them a perfect Halloween treat.
I have a total confession to make. I didn’t eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until I was 25 years old. It was never on my radar, growing up Asian in the Midwest. True, in grade school, all my friends seem to pack them in their lunches but to me that seemed a bit gross, the idea of a sticky peanut butter and super sweet gooey jelly on a white bread. Not appealing.
I changed my mind when I had my first bite of one on a ski trip in Tahoe, and everyone decided to save some money and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the slopes. Something about the earthy peanut butter worked so well with the juicy jelly. I rarely eat them now, but they definitely inspired this elevated pie, which uses real Concord grapes and a rich white chocolate peanut butter crust. Perfect for when you want to be a kid, without looking like one.
I use tapioca starch (otherwise known as tapioca flour) as the thickener in this pie. If you don’t have any, you can substitute cornstarch at a 1:1 ratio, but the pie filling may look a little more cloudy. This pie takes a little bit of work to make, because you have to press the concord grapes through a metal sieve to remove the seeds and skin. If you are lucky enough to have a food mill, you can use that and save yourself some elbow grease. Either way, the pie will invoke a nostalgic sense of childhood, biting into a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Well, most people’s childhoods at least, not mine.
No-bake cookies are a wonderful way to produce a delicious treat without all the hassle of mixing and baking. To make these delicate peanut butter cookies you boil all of the ingredients for a minute, then let the batter chill until they are ready to enjoy. The absence of flour also makes them perfect for those allergic to wheat because they are naturally gluten-free.
I’ve been making congo bars, ever since I ran across the recipe in an old cookbook years ago and my friends have been clamoring for them ever since. In fact, I can’t seem to have a gathering with any of my friends without them asking where the congo bars are.
This variation of my congo bars brings them to a new level. Full of peanut butter goodness and aromatic toasted coconut, these chocolate studded treats are sure to be a favorite around your home too.
Congo bars are basically blondies or cookie bars. Super easy to make since there’s no measuring out individual cookies, they are equally easy to eat – as my partner can attest to. In fact, he has forbidden me to make them unless we have company over, as too many of them end up being eaten by him and him alone. I prefer to use unsweetened shredded coconut in these, as the sweetened type tends to toast rather irregularly because of the sugar, but if you do use the sweetened coconut, just watch the pan carefully as you toast it and stir constantly. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can substitute melted unsalted butter, but your congo bars won’t have that elusive vanilla scented coconut flavor that the oil gives it.
Homemade pudding is something that has always intimidated me, but I finally tried it and fell in love! This salted caramel pudding is layered with a fresh vanilla whipped cream and a chocolate and peanut butter whipped cream and sprinkled with salt. If you don’t have single serving dishes, you can layer this mix in one big serving bowl.
This recipe takes the classic peanut butter and apple childhood snack and turns it into a moist, flavorful grown-up coffee cake. I used Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter to give the cake a little more texture and interest. Eat this at breakfast or as a snack with your afternoon cup of coffee. Or, if you’re really feeling indulgent eat a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
My good friend, Kelly, from The Spunky Coconut inspired this dish with her Blueberry Coffee Cake. (http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2011/08/blueberry-coffee-cake-gluten-free.html) I wanted to make something not only gluten-free but grain-free for all those who can’t tolerate grains. As a bonus, it’s dairy-free too.
Nothing says “good morning” like a pan of still-warm buns right out of the oven, especially when they’re made with a rich, cocoa-spiked yeast dough and filled with a gooey swirl of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Best of all, with a little advance preparation the night before, these buns can be baked and on the table in under an hour for a lazy weekend brunch.
Eat them warm and gooey right out of the oven, or let them cool off and drizzle with sweet Peanut Butter Frosting for an extra boost of peanutty goodness.
If you like peanut butter cookies, these tartlets are for you – the crust is basically a peanut butter cookie! For a nice balance of flavors, the peanut butter cookie shells are filled with apricot preserves and drizzled with white chocolate. Since these tartlets are two-bite-sized, they’re the perfect little treat for serving at a party or cookie exchange. Prep time: 1 hour Cook Time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Yield: 30 tartlets Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon […]
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.
My style of cooking is generally a little lighter and less decadent than this pie but I had to keep in mind that this pie is for Father’s Day. Rich and decadent works when it comes to celebrating Dads.
This recipe is a variation on the chocolate peanut butter dessert that my mom made every summer. I distinctly remember her using a frozen whipped topping instead of heavy cream. If that’s your preference, use 2 to 2 1/2 cups.
To make the crust, I used my gluten-free chocolate cookie recipe. Use any chocolate cookie or substitute graham crackers.
You can make this pie several days ahead of the big celebration and keep it in the freezer. Sit it out at room temperature for 30 – 45 minutes before serving.
Growing up in New Jersey, zeppole (Italian fried dough balls) from the local pizza parlor were a favorite afternoon treat. My friends and I would often stop in on our way home from school and split a greasy brown paper bag full of the freshly fried dumplings dipped in powdery white sugar (the latter would inevitably get all over our school uniforms, much to our mothers’ dismay!).
This recipe puts a chocolaty twist on the old favorite by replacing butter with Dark Chocolate Dreams. A dusting of cocoa sugar at the end will make them just as appealing to adults as they are to kids.
Asian cuisine rarely has desserts to offer, at least not in the traditional European sense. No large towering cakes or plateful of brownies can be seen on the menu. That said, one of the few desserts you see, as a celebration for the Chinese New Year, is the peanut cookie. Not nearly as sweet as your usual peanut butter cookie, traditionally the New Year peanut cookie is made with freshly roasted ground peanuts.
Using peanut butter as a substitute is faster shortcut. But these aren’t your usual peanut cookie. Updated with the use of The Heat is On peanut butter, and a touch of lemon zest, these cookies will give you a kick into the new year, with their fiery red heat; perfect as red is the color of happiness and good luck.
These little cookies pack a wallop of red heat that grows after you eat it. The lemon citrus is subtle in the finish but there. If you want to dilute the heat a bit, try using 3/4 cup The Heat is On and 3/4 cup Smooth Operator in place of 1 ½ cup The Heat is On.
In 1941, Time magazine referred to George Washington Carver as the “Black Leonardo” for his many skills and talent, which no doubt included his scholarly pursuit and promotion of the humble legume — peanuts. An early proponent of sustainable agriculture, Carver knew farmers needed a crop to provide food for their families which would also serve as a source for other products that would help improve their quality of life. This January 5 is George Washington Carver Recognition Day, and I’m proud to honor a man who was an outstanding scientist, botanist, educator, inventor, and developer of over a hundred peanut-based recipes. This recipe is a tribute to Mr. Carver, who I’m sure would have enjoyed a hefty morning slice of this savory sweet cake with his coffee.
In my mind, nothing can rival a warm and gooey cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven and slathered with sweet frosting on a cold snowy morning. Especially if it happens to be Christmas morning! Imagine waking up not only to the excitement of opening presents with loved ones, but also to the intoxicating aroma of warm cinnamon, sweet sugar, and rich peanut butter wafting from the kitchen. My inspiration for creating these peanut butter and raisin cinnamon rolls was threefold: my brother’s love of peanut butter (it must run in the family), my sister-in-law’s tradition of making cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, and my nephew’s adoration of raisins. Therefore, these sweet and rich peanut buttery cinnamon rolls dotted with raisins are dedicated to Dan, Jaime, and Aiden!
Baklava is a sweet that’s claimed by many countries around Central Asia and the Middle East, which means there are about as many variations as there are people who make it. Most versions share the phyllo dough, nuts and syrup in common and while it’s good with a cup of tea, it tends to be a little too sweet for my taste.
Through my travels, I’ve seen versions that use everything from walnuts to pistachios to sesame seeds, but I’ve never seen one made with peanuts. Given my love for peanut butter, I decided to give it a go, and you know what? It works!
The flaky layers of crispy buttery phyllo dough, crunchy peanuts and creamy white chocolate peanut butter, takes this humble dessert and elevates it from rustic to elegant. The combination of textures and flavors kind of reminds me of French praliné, and because this uses about two thirds less sugar than most recipes, it’s not overly sweet.
While phyllo dough might scare some of you that have never worked with it, it’s actually quite simple and this dish is especially fun to make, just make sure the dough doesn’t dry out while you’re working with it.
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)!
Gooey Butter Cake is the pride of St. Louis, MO and proof that sometimes a mistake in baking can lead to a beautiful new invention. Now, for a long time I held the belief that “Gooey Butter Cake” was the most beautiful cake-name in the world, but now I know that it’s not true–the best one is Gooey Peanut Butter Cake. It’s also proof that a classic can sometimes get even better: adding White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter to both the crust and the filling adds a beautifully nutty note to this sweet, rich, and utterly indulgent treat.
Who doesn’t love the classic flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate?! I certainly do, and almost always have both ingredients – in multiple varieties – on hand in my pantry. Although there are instances in which a square of chocolate dipped straight into the peanut butter jar will suffice to fulfill a craving, there are other occasions which call for a more sophisticated dessert. The inspiration for these White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups is the ubiquitous peanut butter cups, which inevitably make their way into every kid’s Halloween trick-or treat bag. Although homemade candy may not be the best thing to distribute to trick-or-treaters, these White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups would be a fantastic addition to any Halloween party dessert spread.
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!
Most people haven’t had a chance to taste the honest flavor of butterscotch before. A combination of brown butter and brown sugar, butterscotch is one of those old fashion flavors that have fallen to the wayside, with most people associating the flavor with those sunflower yellow hard candies or the sandy brown artificially butterscotch chips you can find in the grocery store aisles. The truth is real butterscotch flavor is rich and deep and immediately reminiscent of time when you could go to sleep without locking your doors and all your neighbors had white picket fences.
The first bite will make you swoon with love. As you bite into the cookie, the first flavor that hits you is the Smooth Operator peanut butter, rich with nutty goodness. Then the butterscotch flavor comes next, buttery with touches of caramel underneath. Finally the sweet crunch of the turbinado sugar on the bottom finishes the bite in a way that can only be described as “excellent” by my peanut butter loving friends.
One warning about these cookies: once you make them, they are incredibly addictive. You have been forewarned.
Every time I made these brownies, pretty much everyone who saw them immediately had to reach for them, even if they swore they were full or they didn’t want a brownie. “No, no, I’m fine. I don’t think I want a brownie…Holy cow! I’m so taking one of those” is the usual reaction.
And let me tell you, the brownies live up to the way they look. Rich, dense and fudgy intense, these brownies marry all the best flavors of peanut butter, chocolate and caramel. A friend of mine shoved one in his mouth and then proclaimed that he was SO glad I didn’t live anywhere near him, as he would be over all the time eating my baked goods, and would be as large as a house. He then proceeded to take another one.
The recipe calls for making a caramel sauce, which isn’t as hard as it sounds, and then a brownie batter and a peanut butter batter. Though it sounds time consuming, the final product is definitely worth the bother. You and your friends will thank you for it. Make a batch or two to celebrate (or is to mourn) the end of summer!