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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie


8 decadent treats to help you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

We don't always celebrate national food holidays, but we know a great one when we see it: National Peanut Butter Day. We'll be spreading our love of the savory spread all day long because it works with just about anything. Peanut butter pairs well with chocolate, bananas, grapes and more. You can put it on top of ice cream, on a sandwich or eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon.

Peanut butter adds a nutty flavor profile to food dishes, both savory and sweet. From a pancake stack fit for a king (of rock and roll, that is) to a banana peanut butter cream pie towering with toasted meringue, here are our favorite peanut butter recipes:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
A decadent peanut butter mousse is the filling of this almost no-bake pie. Topped with a homemade chocolate ganache, this chilled pie brings two of our favorite flavors. Pro-tip: For the most beautiful pie, make sure to let each layer set before adding the next. 
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Butterfinger Lush
Candy lovers: You need this dessert in your life. Not only does it have peanut butter and Oreo cookies in inside, this layered dessert is topped with crushed up Butterfinger candy bars. Like our chocolate peanut butter pie, this dessert is constructed by layering ingredients, so make sure to pay close attention to the chilling directions.
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Elvis Pancake Stack Cake
This recipe is inspired by an Appalachian stack cake, but we swapped out the flavor profile to reflect one of Elvis Presley’s favorite snacks — a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. If you need a show-stopping dish for brunch or dessert, this stack cake is for you. 
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Peanut Butter Cookies
One taste of these peanut butter-filled cookies and you’ll forget chocolate chip cookies even existed. They've got a triple dose of our favorite butter: straight-from-the-jar spread, peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups. A touch of honey complements all of that nuttiness to catapult these cookies into the yum stratosphere. We also recommend trying these peanut butter and chocolate cookies.
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Banana Peanut Butter Cream Pie
We’re not going to lie; this recipe takes time and patience, but you will be rewarded with a delicious treat at the end of the process. The pie is made by layering vanilla bean pastry cream, fresh bananas and peanut butter, and then topping the whole thing with a towering fluffy layer of Swiss meringue (fancy talk for homemade marshmallow fluff). Yum!
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Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie
Not up for taking on the banana peanut butter cream pie? Try this easy peanut butter ice box pie instead. The chilled pie brings together the fan favorite peanut butter and chocolate, and it only takes 20 minutes to put together. (But don’t forget to put it in the fridge to chill.) If you want even more chocolate, add a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top before serving.
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Crispy Peanut Squares
This crispy homemade candy is the perfect treat for crunchy peanut butter lovers. Think of these peanut butter squares as a combination of a Rice Krispies treat and peanut butter fudge. Not only is the recipe easy to follow, it only takes 10 minutes to put together.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie
This pie takes the classic lunchbox PBJ into dessert territory with a graham cracker crust, peanut butter mousse and a thin swath of grape jelly. If you're a stickler for perfect slices, make sure to top the pie with a crumble to prevent inevitable plastic wrap-stickage. (If you have a domed cake stand, you can skip the topping if you'd like.) And although the recipe calls for grape jelly, you can substitute it for whatever flavor of jelly you prefer. 
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Photo (Stack Cake): Ramona King

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.

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