Peanut butter is completely addictive – it makes the perfect topping for a breakfast bagel or the glue for your lunch sandwich. Because it combines sweet and salty flavors, it makes the perfect base for tons of yummy desserts. It also goes well with a wide variety of other ingredients, which gives you tons of possibilities when creating desserts. And because peanut butter contains protein and other beneficial natural ingredients, it adds some nutritional value to your sugary desserts. Here are some of our favorite peanut butter dessert ideas.
Peanut Butter Cookies
You can’t beat good old fashioned peanut butter cookies, and there are so many ways to spice them up and make them more interesting. In particular, peanut butter pairs amazingly with chocolate, so try adding a Hershey’s Kiss in the center, drizzling the cookies with melted chocolate, or baking M&M’s into the center of the cookie.
Peanut Butter Pound Cake
Pound cake is a traditional birthday staple and is traditionally made in a wide range of flavors, but many people never consider adding peanut butter to their cake. The flavor toughens up the sweetness of a pound cake, but still pairs perfectly with a vanilla or chocolate glaze. This is perfect for anyone who wants something a little more exciting than your typical birthday cake.
Peanut Butter Trifle
Add some kick to a traditionally super-sweet dessert by creating a peanut butter trifle. Add some Reeses Cups and brownie bites to the traditional whipped cream base, and you’ll end up with a kick of salt and some rich chocolate that keeps the dessert much more interesting and balances out the flavors perfectly.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milkshakes
Jazz up your traditional milkshake by adding some chocolate syrup and peanut butter to the mix. The rich flavors stir together and taste delectable, particularly after a classic all-American dinner. This fun dessert is particularly good for kids, who love a good milkshake.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Cheesecake makes an amazing canvas for a variety of different types of flavors, and peanut butter is no exception. By including peanut butter in the traditional cheesecake filling, you combine rich and delicate flavors in a way that is truly mouth-watering. Add a crunchy crust to make it the perfect combination of melt in your mouth textures.
Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies
Instead of making traditional peanut butter cookies, try adding peanut butter to another type of classic cookie for drastically different results. To create this delectable dessert, make traditional oatmeal cookies, then melt caramel and peanut butter together to make a gooey filling that sits in the center of the cookie and surprises everyone as they take their first bite.
Peanut Butter Parfait
Instead of traditional chocolate or whipped cream, try adding peanut butter to your next parfait. The unique and slightly savory taste brings some sass to a traditionally sweet dessert, but keeps things relatively healthy. Peanut butter pairs particularly well with oatmeal in parfaits, and you can also add fruits like bananas to keep things interesting.