If you can be content with a spoon and a jar of peanut butter, this month is dedicated to you. Peanut butter is one of those simple treats that will always bring a smile to my face. Whether it's in the form of a peanut butter sandwich, a dip for my apples or just by itself, it always makes me happy.
In honor of this entire month being dedicated to those who love peanut butter, I have ranked my top five recipes using peanut butter as a prominent ingredient.
The base of this creamy and delicious pie is peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar and cream. How much better can it get? The combination of thick peanut butter with smooth cream cheese, sugar and heavy cream is perfection. Put it in a chocolate graham cracker crust and you have the ultimate creamy pie.
Martha Stewart's recipe for peanut butter & jelly cupcakes is one of my favorite cupcakes. The fluffy peanut butter cake is topped with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting and jelly. I like to insert the jelly into the cupcakes after they bake so each bite is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I could just eat the peanut butter frosting by itself. If you love PB&J sandwiches, you'll love these PB&J cupcakes. Give fellow EOW writer Joanna O'Leary's own PB&J cupcakes recipe a whirl, too, if you have a cupcake corer at home.
When you combine peanut butter and chocolate, it's magical. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite candy, so I love making buckeyes. Chocolate covering a ball of peanut butter is simply genius. It's so simple, yet so comforting and delicious.
There are complicated recipes for making peanut butter cookies, but I have found a recipe where you can get the cookies ready to bake before the oven preheats to 350 degrees. All you need is one cup of peanut butter, one cup of sugar, a splash of vanilla and one egg. Yep, that's it. Press a fork in the cookies to make the signature peanut butter imprint and you're ready to bake them for nearly ten minutes. These are hands-down the best peanut butter cookies because they stay true to the peanut butter flavors. Add some peanuts if you like a crunch in your cookies.
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I have made these sandwiches since I was a little kid. If you're making me a peanut butter sandwich, you better add slices of a banana. Add some honey or raisins for an extra kick of sweetness. If you're feeling adventurous, deep-fry these suckers or just grill them in a skillet to make the peanut butter melt. Maybe it's because I have grown up eating these sandwiches, but when I think peanut butter, I think peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Readers, what are your favorite recipes with peanut butter?