For peanut butter lovers around the nation tomorrow marks the biggest holiday of the year – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Yes, there is a whole day dedicated to peanut butter and the lovers of this treat.

I will admit I am a peanut butter lover. At any given moment you will find 4-5 jars of peanut butter in our cupboard. If you want to join in the National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day celebrations, you will need some peanut butter recipes. Fear not, I am here to help.

Here are my top 3 favorite peanut butter recipes:

Peanut Butter Cookies

You can’t offer up peanut butter recipes without including a cookie recipe. This recipe has a slight twist with the inclusion of applesauce and cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (melted)
  • 1/2 peanut butter (chunky or smooth, your choice) preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup sugar (preferably organic cane sugar)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cups non-bleached flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour (can use all white flour if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup grated apples (best if peel is removed) or applesauce

Directions:

In honor of my no hassle style of baking, mix it all in a bowl. Just pour it all in and give it a nice good mix. Once you have everything mixed well, drop the dough onto a cookie sheet. Each cookie should be approximately two tablespoons and placed about 2 inches apart. Cook at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Place cookies on a wire rack and cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Peanut Butter Dip

This fun dip goes perfect with apple slices, pretzels, or crackers.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mini M&Ms or mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Again, just mix and go. Serve this dip with apple slices, pretzels, crackers, or wheat thins for a fun peanut butter lovers treat.

The Ultimate PB&J

You can’t have a proper National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day without a good old PB&J. Here is my favorite (and my kids favorite) PB&J recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of your favorite wheat bread
  • Your favorite brand peanut butter
  • Your favorite jelly (I prefer strawberry)
  • Butter

Directions:

Take your slices of bread and lay them out flat. Top two slices with a good helping of peanut butter and jelly. Now stack the slices of bread with the clean slice on top. You will now have a three tier peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You could eat it immediately – or turn this ordinary PB&J into grilled masterpiece.

Butter a griddle or skillet and place the sandwich on the griddle. Cook it just like you would a grilled cheese. Each side should be toasted and the peanut butter will get nice and gooey. Take it off the griddle, cut in half, and enjoy.

Hope you enjoy these recipes and have a spectacular and peanut butter filled March 1st! How do you plan on celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day?