There’s so much more to that jar of peanut butter in your cupboard than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we promise!
The rich, nutty flavor and thick consistency work well in savory and sweet recipes such as spicy noodle dishes, cookies, and fudge.
The thing we love most about peanut butter? It feels rich and indulgent, but with it being rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber, it’s fairly healthy too so that we can satisfy our cravings as well as our nutritional needs.
Keep scrolling for 30 of the best peanut butter recipes on the internet that go beyond sandwiching it between toast and jelly!
A title of ‘a peanut butter lover’s dream’ would be more appropriate here, but this cheesecake pie hybrid gives you all of the flavors of a sweet pie without the work.
It’s an easy dessert that looks impressive but, in reality, takes just a few minutes to put together.
The filling is just a matter of whipping softened cream cheese with peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla, which is then poured into a store-bought Oreo crust.
Ridiculously easy, right?
Who doesn’t love a peanut butter cookie?
These are easy to make and have the perfect chewy center and a sugary crust, making for a dangerously easy-to-eat-the-whole-lot batch of cookies.
Normally, we wouldn’t advise skipping the healthier option, but when it comes to which type of peanut butter to use for cookies, the natural ‘healthier’ ones aren’t your best bet!
Get the smoothest PB you can find (Jif or Skippy) that works well.
With just 4 ingredients, these peanut butter balls are a really quick and easy snack for when you’re on the go and are craving a sweet treat.
They’re essentially peanut butter truffles, and with the chocolate-dipped exterior, they make for a great gift if wrapped up in display bags for the holidays!
Warning – if you take these to a party, they’ll disappear just as soon as you put them out. Guaranteed.
This is a no-frills, old-fashioned cake guaranteed to bring a smile to all faces around the dinner table.
A warm sponge is drizzled with warm peanutty frosting, and if that doesn’t get your taste buds going, we don’t know what will.
The secret ingredient that sets this sponge apart from the rest?
Buttermilk! It helps to keep the sponge nice and moist but also gives a really rich flavor that feels indulgent and seriously comforting.
These cookie bars filled with peanut butter cups and peanut butter taste as good as they look!
The peanut butter cups are sandwiched between two layers of warm cookie dough, and it results in a fudgy, oozy, gooey center that, although not the healthiest of things to eat, is certainly one of the tastiest.
Tip: if you can’t get hold of the mini Reese’s cups the recipe suggests, buy the regular-sized ones and just cut them into roughly the same size smaller pieces.
Peanut butter in recipes doesn’t have to make for an unhealthy treat!
As a healthier sweet dipping sauce for snacks, this peanut butter dip is great for adults and kids alike!
It makes for a slightly healthier and more nutritious alternative to a chocolate dipping sauce but is tasty.
What to dip into this peanut butter cream cheese dip?
Apple slices, waffles cut into fingers, celery, or mini pretzels would all work well!
It’s surely no surprise to any of us that blossom cookies are among the most favored American biscuits, and this homemade version is just as worthy of love and affection.
The Hershey’s kiss filling makes these cookies look uniformed and makes for an easy topping as there’s no need to make a buttercream frosting or ganache to top the cookies!
Will you be making these?
Imagine the scene: it’s been a couple of hours since you ate dinner, and while you’re relaxing into your evening, you get a sudden urge for something sweet, but when you look in the kitchen for something to satisfy your craving, you have nothing in – just a few baking staples and half a jar of peanut butter.
That’s where this recipe comes in!
It’s a great way to make a dessert without having to preheat the oven or do a lot of prep work.
Even better, it’s ready in just 5 minutes!
Smoothies often have a bad reputation for being something to drink quickly and get over with rather than being something to enjoy and savor.
This recipe is here to show you that smoothies don’t have to be boring, dull, or…funky.
The addition of strong cold-brewed coffee here also gives you an extra boost in the mornings but is a much more exciting way of enjoying a coffee to start your day!
These pancakes are seriously indulgent but seriously delicious.
Once stacked, the pancakes are drizzled with warmed, runny peanut butter and more chocolate chips that start to melt into the sauce as you tuck in.
For a weekend brunch or hearty breakfast, these are sure to become your new favorite, but be sure to make a double batch as you’ll make your way through more than the recommended serving of pancakes!
If you find yourself hungry this week but have no time or energy to cook, make these noodles!
They take just 15 minutes to throw together, and they’re seriously addictive.
Recipes with peanut butter often have us thinking of sweet bakes, so this savory recipe is a welcome meal idea.
Fully vegan and minimal on ingredients, this spicy peanut sauce made with ginger, garlic, sesame oil, sriracha, soy sauce, and nut butter is so flavorsome and delicious.
The secret ingredient? Maple syrup! It adds a nice bit of sweetness to the peanut sauce that reminds us of many satay sauces.
We’ve all seen chocolate mug cakes scattered over the internet in recent years, so what makes this mug cake special?
A molten peanut butter center. How good does that sound?
The cake cooks in 1 minute, and if that isn’t enough to sell it to you, the cake itself is made with just 7 pantry staples, meaning you can enjoy it whenever you fancy at home.
These bars are a great quick and easy option for breakfasts on the go or snacks.
The oats make the bars filling and nutritious, helping to balance out the sugary goodness from the chocolate chips!
Tip: if you’re using super ripe bananas, the mixture may end up being a little too wet, so if this happens, add in more oats and enjoy!
Cheesecake meets brownies – sounds like the perfect dessert to us!
You may also be pleased to know (we were) that the brownie is made with the help of a fudge brownie box mix, so the work is minimal.
Making the swirled peanut butter effect on the top of the brownie batter is also super fun and a great way to involve little ones!
Rich, creamy, nutty, and smooth – what more could you want from frosting?
This makes enough frosting for around 24 small cupcakes, although if you like to add a generous amount of frosting (and let’s face it – who doesn’t), this mixture will stretch to around 12 cupcakes.
Just try not to eat too much straight from the mixing bowl!
What would you use this frosting on?
3 ingredients, no-bake and refined sugar-free, these cheerio bars make for a great healthy snack option.
You’ll need honey, cheerios, and peanut butter to make these fuss-free bars. It is that easy!
They’re a guaranteed hit with teens, kids, and adults and are quick enough to whip up to make each week without too much time or effort.
If you want to make these more of a sugary treat, add in a cup of chocolate chips for extra sweetness and goodness!
If you’ve never heard of buckeyes before, they’re best described as peanut butter balls that are semi-dipped in chocolate to give the illusion of looking like an eye.
Ok, we admit that doesn’t sound too appetizing but trust us when we say that these buckeyes are so moreish and delicious.
Coconut oil is the secret ingredient here as it is used in the chocolate dipping sauce and helps keep the chocolate sauce runny and easy to coat the peanut butter balls with.
If you ever thought fudge was just something to buy from a confectionary store or a fancy farmer’s market stall, think again!
Light and creamy, this old-fashioned peanut butter fudge is a really easy and pretty fool-proof thing to make with peanut butter.
You’ll need just 4 ingredients: sugar, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and whole milk.
This is a great recipe for gifting, and you can adapt it by adding in extra flavorings such as melted chocolate!
To get that classic peanut butter cup shape, your work is made easier by pressing the cookie cups into a muffin tray.
They’re easy, fun to make, and a great way of making Reese’s cups a little more exciting and homely feeling.
These are best straight from the oven, and although they’re messy this way, the chocolate and peanut butter melts slightly and is so delicious.
This is the perfect fall recipe, and with the eye-catching colors and pattern, it’s a great thing for making and bringing to any gathering or party.
Cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups are whipped together, shaped into a ball, and then covered with Reese’s candy.
Serve with crackers, pretzels, apple slices, or cookie wafers for a fun and easy sharing recipe.
With just 6 ingredients required, this chocolatey and nutty no-bake pie is seriously addictive and surprisingly easy to put together.
The crust is made with crushed Oreos, and the sugary peanut butter filling is topped with a chocolate ganache of sorts.
Then chill for a minimum of 1 hour (or freeze for 20 minutes to speed things up) and enjoy with your loved ones or to yourself – we won’t judge!
Basically…. it’s a giant Reese’s peanut butter cup, and we’re here for it.
If you need a ridiculously moist and tender peanut butter flavored cake, this is it!
It’s kind of like a Texas sheet cake with the addition of peanut butter, and with the addition of peanut butter frosting, this is a decadent and rich cake that is perfect every time.
For best results, opt for really smooth peanut butter-like ones from Jif or Skippy.
Layers of chocolate whipped cream, peanut butter cheesecake filling, Reese’s cups, and the chocolate sauce tastes just as good as it sounds.
These are a great thing to make for entertaining as although they take a bit of preparation time and there are a few different elements to piece together. They can be made well in advance, meaning you can spend more time with your guests when dessert time. Comes around!
If you’re following a low sugar or keto diet, this is a great dessert or breakfast recipe for you.
Made with unsweetened almond milk and sugar-free monk fruit syrup, this pudding has a good sweetness without any refined sugar.
It’s simple, requires minimal ingredients, and can be made in a big batch that will last throughout your week, making for easy breakfast times.
This sounds odd but hears us out.
There is no pasta involved, don’t worry!
It’s more like a layered trifle, really, and those layers are made up of a peanut butter mousse, vanilla and chocolate pudding, and cool whip.
The chocolate and vanilla puddings are made with instant mixes, and so this is a really easy but impressive dessert to pull together.
Did you think we could end this post without a recipe that pays homage to the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
As a slightly sweeter and dessert-it take on the classic American sandwich, these balls are made with powdered sugar, peanut butter, and oats and make for a filling but sweet and delicious snack.
And if you’re feeling experimental, try experimenting with different jam flavors!
We all love popcorn, but a repetition of the classic sweet, salted, or sweet and salted combination bags can become a bit tired and unexciting after a while.
Luckily, this peanut butter popcorn is here to inject a bit of excitement and flavor and is one of our favorite recipes using peanut butter.
The nuttiness of the peanut butter complements the corn’s nutty taste, so it’s a match made in culinary heaven!
Our recommendation would be to add some Reese’s pieces to the mixture for an added treat!
You read that right. Honestly.
Whether your oven is broken, or you just can’t be bothered to preheat it, these cookies require no heat whatsoever and are just as delicious as their more traditional, cooked counterparts.
Even better is that you’ll need just six ingredients to whip these up: oats, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, butter, and of course, the all-important peanut butter.
With just 5 ingredients required, these no-bake bars are easy to throw together and even easier to eat.
They’re essentially a bar version of Reese’s peanut butter cups but even richer and nuttier in flavor.
Note that cheaper peanut butter is best used in this recipe as the more natural peanut butter tends not to be set very well. Jif or Skippy are the ones we would recommend using.
A hybrid between brownies and cookies, these brookies are the best of both worlds with a crunchy cookie crust and a rich, gooey brownie topping.
The molten peanut butter and chocolate filling inside the brownie mixture come from the addition of Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and serve straight from the oven for a true molten, ooey, gooey experience. We’re practically drooling already.
- 1 c peanut butter, creamy
- 1 c quick oats, plus more for coating
- 1/2 c powdered sugar
- Strawberry jam
- Using a small spoon, scoop out small balls of jam from your jam jar and place each of the balls onto a flat-surfaced tray or plate lined with parchment paper before putting them into the freezer for about half an hour or until firm.
- In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, one cup of the oats and the powdered sugar until well combined.
- Using your hands, take around a golf ball sized piece of the mixture and shape it into a mini pancake.
- Take one of the jam balls, place it into the center of the peanut butter pancake shape and lift up the edges of the peanut butter dough until the jam is covered and shape the whole thing gently into a ball.
- Repeat this process until each of the jam balls have been used.
- Roll each of the balls in the remaining oats and place into the refrigerator until firm.