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If you have peanut butter in your pantry, there’s a lot you can do with it besides the usual; we rounded up our best peanut butter recipe ideas to prove it.

When it comes to eating peanut butter, your first instinct usually falls into one of two categories: spoon it directly into your mouth or slather it on white bread and bring jelly along for the ride. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with keeping things au natural or going old school with a tried and true PB&J (particularly when it’s grilled—trust us) there are plenty of other applications for the sweet, salty, creamy, and occasionally chunky spread. Below you’ll find 9 of our favorite savory and sweet recipes that feature peanut butter, including a couple of options that take the illustrious jelly pairing beyond the sandwich. 

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Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce


Other than the chicken and lime, this Thai appetizer consists of a few Asian pantry staples. The skewers are just fine unadorned but are even better after a dip in the spicy peanut butter-based sauce which also pairs perfectly with Vietnamese-Style Summer Rolls. Get our Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe.

Chicken Pad Thai

easy chicken pad thai recipe


Here’s another Thai staple that benefits from the pairing of peanut butter and chicken. The sweetness of the sauce is the perfect foil to the rice noodles which are slightly sour thanks to the addition of apple cider vinegar. Get our Chicken Pad Thai recipe.

Asian Peanut Noodles


Peanut butter anchors the multi-faceted dressing for this takeout favorite. The addition of fish sauce adds some umami funk while sesame oil brings added nuttiness. Toss with herbs and vegetables for some vibrant freshness. Serve cold or at room temperature. Get our Asian Peanut Noodles recipe

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English Muffin with Bruleed Banana and Peanut Butter

English muffin with peanut butter and banana


The Elvis-approved duet of peanut butter and banana gets the breakfast treatment. This one should probably be redubbed the Memphis Muffin. English Muffin with Bruleed Banana and Peanut Butter recipe

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Fritters

easy pizz dough hack recipes (including PB&J fritters)


Peanut butter and jelly takes its blessed union to the interior of fried fritters with this stuffed version of the Italian zeppole. The dough is of the pizza variety and you can prepare a batch yourself or purchase it premade. Make sure to eat these fresh from the fryer and don’t forget the sprinkle of powdered sugar—and plenty of napkins.  Get our Peanut Butter and Jelly Fritters recipe.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Peanut Butter and Jelly

peanut butter jelly cupcake recipe

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It’s peanut butter jelly cupcake time! The PB handles frosting duties while the J provides the filling inside the fluffy vanilla cake base. No need to don a banana suit in order to enjoy. Get our Vanilla Cupcakes with Peanut Butter and Jelly recipe.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe


Yep, peanut butter is gluten-free and so are these crispy and chewy cookies. Though they may lack flour, there’s ample flavor thanks to the addition of bittersweet chocolate chunks (or chips) and a hit of vanilla extract. Get our Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe.

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Peanut Butta Cups


Fans of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup will go gaga over our homemade take on the classic confection. It takes only four ingredients, including crunchy peanut butter, to create this cover version that may just top the original. Get our Peanut Butter Cup recipe.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie recipe


You’re going to want to allot extra Peloton hours after partaking in this deliciously decadent dessert. Start with a chocolate cookie crust and add a layer of melted chocolate. Next comes the peanut butter filling which also features cream cheese for good measure. It’s all topped off with shaved chocolate because third time’s a charm. Get our Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie recipe.

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David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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