Celebrate National Peanut Day in the Kitchen

On September 13, celebrate National Peanut Day with these three recipes. They’re sweet, salty, and satisfying. Just don’t forget to pour a class of milk!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Swag Bars
Recipe from HGTV

1 cup white sugar
2 cups peanut butter
1 8-ounces bag chocolate chips
1 cup light corn syrup
6 cups scrunched corn flakes

Combine sugar, syrup, and peanut butter in a large heavy pan. Over high heat, stir until the mixture reaches a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in corn flakes until well combined.

Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. The chips will melt, but to speed up the process, pop the pan in the oven for a few minutes.

Cut the bars while still hot.

Peanut Butter Pie
Recipe from Real Simple

1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 cup marshmallow cream
1 cup creamy peanut butter
9-inch basic flaky piecrust
¼ cup chopped salted roasted peanuts
¼ cup crumbled chocolate cookies

Beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Beat in marshmallow cream and peanut butter.

Spread mixture into piecrust and top with peanuts and chocolate cookies. Chill until firm, 4 to 5 hours.

Peanut Butter Surprises
Recipe from Martha Stewart

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1.2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup roughly chopped, roasted, salted peanut, plus 48 halves for pressing into tops
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into 1-inch chunks

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Add peanut butter, and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Add the peanuts. Beat until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pinch off about 2 tablespoons of dough, and make a well in your hand with the dough.

Place one chunk of chocolate in the center, and enclose with the dough to cover completely. Roll dough into about a 1 3/4-inch ball with your hands.

Place the ball of dough on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and chocolate, placing cookies about 2 inches apart. Press 2 peanut halves into the top of each cookie.

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.


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