18 Peanut Butter Desserts Your Family Will Go Nuts For

Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

A classic peanut butter and jelly still tops the list of our favorite packed lunches. Not only are the sandwich's flavors nostalgic, but the classic dish is a great way to pack protein and round out your diet. Rich, creamy, delicious peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, which makes it a top choice for healthy snacking. You can dip carrots or celery in peanut butter for a just-indulgent-enough snack, but our favorite way to use peanut butter is in decadent desserts. From brownies and cookies to cakes and bars, peanut butter is a welcome addition to our favorite sweets. Whether you enjoy your peanut butter in a sandwich or as a dip, spread on chocolate cookies or baked into pies, we've got a peanut butter recipe for every palate. Now, if you or a loved one is allergic to peanuts, don't worry–the peanut butter in most of these recipes can be substituted for almond butter or sunflower seed butter! These alternatives are a great option, although nothing can truly replace the ever-classic peanut butter. Whether you like your peanut butter smooth or crunchy, sweet or salty, we have a recipe for you.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Decadent and delicious, these cupcakes are full of chocolate flavor and brimming with a peanut butter buttercream you'll have to taste to believe.

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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This cookie recipe tops the charts as one of our all-time favorites. It's nutty, chocolatey, and oh-so nostalgic.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie

For those summer days when you just don't want to turn on the oven, this cool Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie satisfies like no other.

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Georgia Peanut Pie with Peanut Butter Crust and Brown Sugar-Bourbon Whipped Cream

Georgia Peanut Pie with Peanut Butter Crust and Brown Sugar-Bourbon Whipped Cream
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Georgia Peanut Pie with Peanut Butter Crust and Brown Sugar-Bourbon Whipped Cream

This impressive pie is packed full of rich peanut flavor, from the gooey peanut butter filling to the peanut butter crust.

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Peanut Butter-Coconut Cookies

Peanut Butter-Coconut Cookies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Peanut Butter-Coconut Cookies

A short ingredient list, perfectly chewy texture, and unexpected coconut flavor make this update on the classic peanut butter cookie a winner in our book. Give them a try and we have a feeling you'll agree.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Puff Pastry Braids

Peanut Butter and Jelly Puff Pastry Braids
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Puff Pastry Braids

All it takes is some peanut butter, jelly, and a package of frozen puff pastry to give your PB&J a serious upgrade.

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Peanut Butter Midnight Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Midnight Kiss Cookies
Southern Living

Recipe: Peanut Butter Midnight Kiss Cookies

We're loving this super-chocolatey twist on Grandma's signature Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. With gold accents, these cookies are ever-so festive.

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Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

This easy recipe comes together in a flash with the help of your microwave.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Acorns

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Acorns
Southern Living

Watch: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Acorns

These cute acorn treats are a great fall lunchbox snack. Pack a few of these peanut butter treats and you're good to go!

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Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

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Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Impress your guests with these simple, 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies.

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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Everything you love about a peanut butter cup, distilled into a perfect frozen summer treat.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs
Cedric Angeles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs

They look impressive, but these chocolate-filled eggs are so easy to make that you won't need to fear getting the kids involved. Go with dark chocolate melting wafers—they don't require tempering.

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Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cake

With peanut butter in the cake and in the frosting, this cake is total peanut butter overload.

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Crunchy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Swirl Bars

Crunchy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Swirl Bars
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Crunchy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Swirl Bars

Creamy, crunchy, and chocolatey, these bars are everything we want in a dessert.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Zoe Denenberg; Prop Styling: Rachel Mulcahy

Recipe: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why make regular ol' chocolate chip cookies when you can add peanut butter to the dough?

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Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Torie Cox Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Peanut Butter Pie

This easy-as-can-be pie requires only 15 minutes of active time.

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Classic Peanut Brittle

Classic Peanut Brittle
Charles Walton

Recipe: Classic Peanut Brittle

Stuff those cookie tins with this classic peanut confection.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars

Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars

These Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars are essentially a homemade version of everyone's favorite peanut butter cups. You're going to want to bookmark this recipe.

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