15 Peanut Butter Recipes

Here are all the best peanut butter recipes for using up this tasty nut butter! Try everything from cookies to dips to pancakes.

Peanut butter recipe

Got peanut butter? There’s not much this tasty nut butter can’t make better. Use it in cookies, cakes, oatmeal, bars, savory sauces: you can even use it as a substitute in hummus or pancakes! There’s really nothing peanut butter can’t do.

Want to make it homemade? Go to How to Make Peanut Butter. When you’re ready to use it, here are all the best peanut butter recipes to use up a jar! Try it in magic 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies (a genius kitchen move!), dip that tastes like frosting, or even in meals like peanut noodles. We’re getting hungry, so let’s get to it.

And now…the top peanut butter recipes to use a jar!

More nut butters

There are lots of tasty nut butters you can use to mix up these peanut butter recipes! Try some of our top homemade nut butter recipes:

Looking for nut butter substitutes? Try Best Peanut Butter Substitute and Best Almond Butter Substitute.

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How to Make Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Recipe (& Best Ways to Use It!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Here’s how to make peanut butter at home! It’s so easy and results in a creamy, all natural spread with no sugar added.



  • 2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts*
  • Kosher salt to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the nuts out onto a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 5 to 6 minutes, until fragrant and toasted. Allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes on tray.
  2. Immediately add the nuts to food processor while they’re warm and process for 4 minutes.** You’ll see them start out crumbly, then get gradually creamier and creamier.
  3. Add the kosher salt to taste (we used between 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon using unsalted peanuts). Process for 2 minutes more until luxuriously creamy. Taste and add additional salt as necessary.
  4. Transfer the peanut butter to a jar. Store in a cool dark place (pantry) for 1 month or refrigerated for 2 to 3 months.


*Doubles easily, so feel free to do 4 cups to make a large-sized peanut butter jar. You can also use salted peanuts and salt to taste at the end.

**If after several minutes of processing the nuts are very dry and crumbly and not becoming creamy, you can add up to 1 tablespoon of neutral oil like grapeseed or canola while processing. We’ve never needed to do this; it can depend on the age of the nuts.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Peanut butter recipes, Peanut butter recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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