12 Peanut Butter for Dessert Recipes

By: Nikhita Mahtani

It's time to pack the kids up for school again, and that means making mounds of school lunches. But PB&J sandwiches can take you only so far. For a new twist on a classic ingredient that kids and adults love, look no further than the Peanut Butter series on FN Dish.

Over the last several weeks, we've been giving you inventive recipes that let you incorporate peanut butter into all your meals — from breakfast to dessert — for the entire family, and now it's time for the final (and best) part of the day: dessert. And don't forget to check out our breakfast, lunch and dinner posts.

1. These bite-size Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops (pictured above) are the perfect sweet snacks for that mid-afternoon slump.

Food Network Giada De Laurentiis Peanut Butter Espresso Brownies From the Pantry Desserts

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2. For brownies with a bite, look no further than Giada De Laurentiis' Peanut Butter Espresso Brownies recipe.

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3. Try a French twist on a classic staple with this Peanut Butter-Jam Macaroons recipe at your next dinner party.

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4. For a frozen treat for any occasion, try this Peanut Butter-Banana Semifreddo recipe. All you have to do is freeze it until it's ready to be served.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

5. Vanilla buttercream — been there, done that. Instead, try Ina Garten's Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing.

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Peanut Butter Pie

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Tara Donne

6. Why make apple or pumpkin pie when you can create this creamy Peanut Butter Pie recipe from Patrick and Gina Neely?

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7. Peanut butter and strawberry jam mix perfectly in this Strawberry-Peanut Butter Tart recipe.

8. For an effortless dessert that doesn't even require an oven, Trisha Yearwood has you covered with her No-Bake Chocolate-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Squares.

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9. You'll feel like you're relaxing by a campfire with Sunny Anderson's Crunchy Peanut Butter S'more Bites recipe.

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Kana Okada, Kana Okada 2010

10. For a sweeter and fruitier take on a classic tiramisu that kids will love, the coffee is skipped in favor of peanut butter and raspberries in this PB&J Tiramisu.

11. This gooey Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge recipe will melt in your mouth.

12. Jeff Mauro skips the chocolate and adds some extra sweetness with vanilla extract in this PB and J Blondie recipe.

To learn how to make your own flavorful peanut butter without all the additives, click play on Alton Brown's video below.

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Alton ditches all the additives by making his own creamy peanut butter.
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