As a drink, chocolate has been around for at least 3,000 years. And it was being transformed into bars by the late 18th century. The first recorded mention of peanut butter, on the other hand, dates to a patent issued in 1884. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was created in 1928 by Harry Reese, a former shipping employee of Hershey Co. The Reese and Hershey companies merged in 1963.
So doing a bit of quick math, it appears that the flavor marriage of chocolate and peanut butter is a mere 100 years young. And as the old saying goes, “What heaven hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” Seriously, can you imagine a world without chocolate or peanut butter? Or without the two of them paired in some delicious way? Neither can I.
Which brings me to some of my favorite food bloggers, all members of this great Facebook group. I put out a call to them for posts that feature chocolate and peanut butter together in some seductive, heart melting way.
And wow, look what they came up with. (See links below to follow these inspired blogs and the cooks behind them.)
10 Funky, Cool, Utterly Delicious Chocolate and Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes
This hybrid approach to making Peanutella—combining both chocolate ganache and unsweetened cocoa powder–yields an especially deep, complex chocolate flavor. It may be the best Nutella ever.
Are they cookies? Candy bars? I’m not sure, but with a crunchy cookie-peanut butter base and chocolate glaze, it’s not like anyone will care what you call them. And you’re going to love how easy they go together.
Imagine a tender, yogurt-enriched, coffee-spiked chocolate bundt cake loaded with Oreo cookie crumbs and whole cookies, drenched with a white chocolate-peanut butter glaze, topped with Oreo cookie shards. Crazy, right? Yeah, crazy like a fox. Who could forget this kitschy-cool cake?
These cocoa, oatmeal drops are more chewy confection than cookie. But perhaps more importantly, no oven required. I dare you to eat just one.
Get out your prettiest Nordic Ware bundtlette pan, such as this one or this one or this one. Then whip up this tender peanut butter-brown sugar cake, hide a peanut butter cup in each bundtlette, bake, cool, and glaze with milk chocolate ganache. Oh my!
What’s better than a large peanut butter cheesecake studded with chocolate chips? Two small peanut butter cheesecakes of course. One for you and one for your sweetie. A great make ahead dessert.
Grab a whisk and a bowl, and you’ll have this peanut butter-sour cream snack cake in the oven in under 15 minutes. The chocolate ganache frosting is super easy too. Just put your feet up and wait for it to bake.
Chocolate donuts, baked not fried, and then slathered with peanut butter frosting, and topped with broken pretzels. What’s not to love? Ho, one more thing. You’ll need a donut pan, such as this one, or donut maker, such as this one.
Is there anything better than homemade chocolate pudding? Perhaps homemade chocolate-peanut butter pudding? You’ll have to make these delicious shortcake-crusted tarts to decide for yourself. If you don’t already have them, grab these removable bottom tart pans first.
This frozen pie is a no brainer for me. But then, I eat marshmallow cream and peanut butter out of the jars. And sometimes, I scoop some of each on a spoon and eat them together– with only a tinge of guilt. Add a chocolate cookie crust pie and who can resist?
More LunaCafe Chocolate and Peanut Butter Recipes
- Homemade Peanutella (Peanut Butter & Chocolate Spread)
- Chewy Peanut Butter, Roasted Peanut & Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Honey Creme Brulee
Cookin’ with Gas (inspiration from around the web)
- 16 Scrumptious Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipes | BuzzFeed
- 25 of the Best Chocolate and Peanut Butter Recipes | Brit + Co
- 25 Heavenly Peanut Butter and Chocolate Recipes | babble
- 26 Recipes That Prove Chocolate and Peanut Butter Are the Ultimate Power Couple | HuffPost Taste
- Over 50 Insanely Delicious Chocolate & Peanut Butter Recipes | Love from the Oven
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