12 Sweet and Savory Peanut Recipes

Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Photo: Alison Miksch

The peanut: a humble Southern-grown crop that can be used and transformed in oh-so-many ways. Whether you love to add peanuts to main-course dishes, like Peanut-Chicken Stew or Boiled Peanut Hummus, or bake peanuts into your favorite cakes, cookies, and pies, we have a recipe for you. Peanuts seamlessly slide between sweet and savory, adding a bit of salt and crunch to entrées and desserts alike. Throughout the South, peanuts are beloved not only for their versatility, but also for their history and nostalgia. In an age-old tradition, some Southerners drop peanuts right into their glass bottles of Coca-Cola for a refreshing, salty treat. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, we've got the next best thing: our Georgia Peanut Pie with Coca-Cola Glaze. Peanut Pie is one of those foods that's just distinctly Southern. While the verdict's still out on whether it can rival a heavenly slice of Pecan Pie, there's no denying that Peanut Pie is steeped in rich history and, of course, nostalgia.

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Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

We've made these classic cookies for every holiday meal we can remember, and we're not planning on breaking the tradition any time soon.

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Hot-and-Sweet Fried Peanuts

Hot-and-Sweet Fried Peanuts
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Hot-and-Sweet Fried Peanuts

Sweet, spicy, and oh-so-addictive, these Hot-and-Sweet Fried Peanuts will be your new favorite snack.

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Classic Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle
Charles Walton

Recipe: Classic Peanut Brittle

Use broken-up pieces of this classic Peanut Brittle to top a scoop of icing or a frosted cake, or just enjoy it all on its own.

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Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
Southern Living

Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter, sugar, egg, vanilla. That's all you need to make these cookies, which certainly live up to their title as the easiest cookies ever.

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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

If you're crazy for peanuts, this recipe is for you. This no-bake ice cream pie has a crust made entirely of the South's two favorite ingredients: salted peanuts and butter. Could it get any better?

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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

With a sweet, tangy Coca-Cola Glaze, this Peanut Pie evokes all the flavors of your childhood.

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Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chewy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

This simple dessert can be made entirely in the microwave, so you can sign us up to bring a batch of these bars to the next potluck.

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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

A layer of creamy peanut butter filling is sandwiched between chocolate brownie and chocolate ganache to form these triple-decker bars.

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Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Peanut Butter-Banana Icebox Pie

A fusion between icebox cake and cool no-bake summer pies, this Ice Cream Pie might just take the cake as our new favorite summertime dessert.

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Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd. These boiled peanuts will make you feel like you're in the stadium stands, munching on your favorite ballpark snack.

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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

It's time to ditch the white bread. These elegant PB&J Puff Pastry Braids will be a hit in your household.

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Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless PB Chocolate Chip Cookies Still

Recipe: Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make these flourless cookies for your gluten-free friends and you're sure to receive a round of applause.

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