Peanut butter is in absolute staple in my kitchen. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were my favorite as a kid of course, but even though I’m about to be twenty years old I will admit I can live off PB&J sandwiches and a nice big glass of chocolate milk. Over the years I’ve come to love other foods that have peanut butter in them and I’ve come across a few recently that are probably the best things in the world…(at least they are in my world!) Now, I know health food is all the rage these days, but trust me; there is nothing healthy about this article.
The first is the peanut butter cookie from Reese’s. I came across this little piece of heaven while I was meandering through the convenience store one night looking for a snack. Since Reese’s peanut butter cups were my favorite candy, and peanut butter cookies were my favorite cookie, I obviously couldn’t pass up such and item. So what was in the package you ask? A big peanut butter cookie with chocolate and peanut butter chips, with a chocolate coating on the bottom. They’re extremely delicious, and worth a try. They are a bit rich, however, so you will probably need a big glass of milk to wash it down.
My next ‘new love’ is peanut butter icing. This one was something that just happened one day. I was bored and decided to make up the box of cake mix we’d had in the panty for months, the only problem was that we didn’t have any icing. I started out just searching the internet for an easy vanilla or chocolate icing recipe and them BAM! A link somehow managed its way onto the screen for peanut butter icing. It seemed simple enough and we had everything it called for. This icing is amazing, and is good enough to just eat right out of the bowl (only if ‘health’ doesn’t mean anything to you).
You will need:
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of softened butter/margarine (2 sticks)
1 cup of powdered sugar (though I usually only use about a ½ to ¾ of it)
3 Tbsp. of milk
Cream together peanut butter and butter until most of the lumps are out (its okay if there are a few), and then add the powdered sugar a little at a time. You can add the milk a tbsp. at a time along with the powdered sugar, but it doesn’t really matter how you do it. And that’s it! This icing is thinner than the actual recipe, but the first time I made it I was low on the powdered sugar and had to use less than what it called for. I tried it the real way once, but I didn’t like it so I stick with my version. When you hear “peanut butter icing”, I’m sure your first instinct is to put it on something chocolate. It does taste good that way, but I’ve found it tastes better on a plain yellow cake, maybe because you can taste the icing more, instead of having the peanut butter icing and chocolate cake flavors compete, but its all up to you on what you want to put this yummy icing on.
The last dish is definitely nothing new, but is an all-time favorite; peanut butter and ice cream. There are tons of recipes for “peanut butter ice cream” online, but I find just mixing a spoonful of peanut butter with a bowl of ice cream to be the best, and quickest. I prefer to use vanilla ice cream, mostly for the same reasons I listed above for the cake, but I will occasionally mix some peanut butter with chocolate or whatever else we have in the freezer. Cookies and cream ice cream is a good choice also, kind of a ‘best of both worlds’ thing.