30 Divine Peanut Butter Desserts
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.
These Desserts Make The Most of Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
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.
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.
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.
Nutty Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies usually involve a vanilla base and a dollop of berry jam. We reimagined the thumbprint cookie to make it a chocolate lover's dream, complete with a thumbprint of peanut butter.
Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie
Recipe: Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie
This vintage pie will take you right back to the summers of your childhood. Cool peanut butter with fresh banana is always a winning combination.
Peanut Butter Fingers
Recipe: Peanut Butter Fingers
These Peanut Butter Fingers are a fabulous on-the-go snack for kids and adults alike. Enjoy with morning coffee or a glass of milk.
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.
Peanut Butter-and-Jelly Linzer Cookies
We all know and love the linzer cookie, with its perfectly fruity jelly filling and short crust. Why not add in some peanut butter to pay homage to the classic PB&J?
Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars
This easy recipe comes together in a flash with the help of your microwave.
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!
Peanut Butter Pie Milk Shake
Recipe: Peanut Butter Pie Milk Shake
This homemade milk shake is surprisingly simple and sure to delight all the kids (and adults!) as a refreshing backyard snack this summer.
Triple-Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters
Top these Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters with a drizzle of peanut butter to complete the ultimate salty-sweet combination.
Grilled Stuffed Bananas
Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Bananas
If you spent childhood nights around the campfire, roasting smores and singing tunes, chances are you've tasted the beauty that is a grilled banana. And no banana is complete without melted chocolate and a drizzle of peanut butter.
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.
Peanut Butter Dip
Recipe: Peanut Butter Dip
This peanut butter dip is so versatile, it can be enjoyed as a healthy snack or a decadent dessert.
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Mississippi Mud Brownies
Chocolate and peanut butter have never tasted so good. And the marshmallow topping makes these brownies just as dense and sweet as the famous cake.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate-Oatmeal Cereal Bars
The name of this bar cookie says it all, peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal, and cereal—what's not to love? After a short toast in the oven, the ingredients for this snack or dessert recipe come together in the microwave, then cool for about 45 minutes.
Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies
These flourless cookies are a dream if you are going gluten-free, especially with the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.
Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies
Traditional turtle candy calls for chocolate, caramels, and pecan halves to be molded into the shape of a turtle. For these cookies, traditional turtle candy flavors are teamed with creamy peanut butter for a Southern touch.
PB & Chocolate Pan Cookie
Recipe: PB & Chocolate Pan Cookie
Leave the mixer in the cabinet—you can mix up this dough with a spoon.
Recipe: Peanut-Cola Cake
Baking with cola infuses the cake with a pleasing combination of flavors and gives it a super tender texture.
Peanut Butter-Banana Sandwich Bread Pudding with Dark Caramel Sauce
These puff much like soufflés, so present to guests right out of the oven. Encourage them to hold off enjoying the desserts for five minutes while they cool slightly.
Peanut Butter Truffles
Recipe: Peanut Butter Truffles
If you overbeat the chocolate mixture in Step 2, beat in 2 to 3 tbsp. more whipping cream to return mixture to a smooth consistency.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pizza
Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pizza
Dust your fingertips with powdered sugar to spread the cookie dough without sticking.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse Cake
Starting with a boxed cake mix makes this cake both easy and delicious. Kids and adults alike will love the creamy peanut butter mousse between layers of chocolate cake. Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts and serve with a scoop of ice cream.
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream
Pay homage to Elvis with these peanut-butter-and-banana cupcakes. Remember, you can never go wrong with a chocolate drizzle.
Peanut Butter-Banana Pudding
Recipe: Peanut Butter-Banana Pudding
Layering pudding in half-pint jars gives you room to garnish and screw on the lids so you can place them in your cooler for easy transport.
Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
Recipe: Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
Everything you love about a peanut butter cup, distilled into a perfect frozen summer treat.