Some flavor combinations are good, like eggs and bacon or tomato and basil. Chocolate and peanut butter probably blows all of those other pairings out of the water, though. If you think peanut butter cookies with a few chocolate chips sprinkled into the mix are good, then these recipes are a guaranteed way to satisfy your sweet tooth. And you’re not alone; According to USA Today, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups rank as America’s favorite candy. Prepare your taste buds for a complete joy ride.
[Update: An earlier version of this article said Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups rank as America’s second favorite candy. It has been updated to reflect they are now ranked as the No.1 candy.]
1. If you thought breakfast for dinner was great, just wait until you try breakfast for dessert. These Chocolate Waffles with Peanut Butter Sauce from Buns In My Oven are a decadent treat that are also really easy to make. Just mix up a cocoa-spiked batter and cook it in a waffle iron until it’s fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. A quick peanut butter and cream sauce comes together in just a few minutes. Whipped cream is definitely not necessary here, but it wouldn’t hurt.
2. This recipe is like a fluffer nutter gone crazy. When you want to make something really impressive for guests, The Gold Lining Girl’s Chocolate Crepes with Peanut Butter Marshmallow Filling and Caramelized Bananas is sure to impress. Making the crepes, filling and banana topping will take a bit of time, so plan accordingly. The good news is crepes save really well stacked between sheets of waxed paper in the fridge or freezer, so you can make them pretty far in advance.
3. There’s certainly nothing wrong with regular old banana bread, but turning it into this Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice, which was adapted from Tate’s Bake Shop, makes it even better. Start by creaming butter and sugar, then add the peanut butter, banana, egg, and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients, stir in the chocolate chips and then bake the loaf in a 350-degree oven. We like a slice topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Cookies, bars, and candies
4. For an updated take on a sandwich cookie, these Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Chew Out Loud are a real treat. The chewy cookies taste like an extra rich version of a classic chocolate chip, which is perfect for a creamy peanut butter filling. Prefer a less sweet dessert? Try using regular ol’ peanut butter instead of the fluffy frosting.
5. Making peanut butter cups at home is definitely doable if you have an entire afternoon to spare. For those who want to get the same effect in less time, She Wears Many Hats’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are a great option. These tiny treats have just four ingredients, so they’re really easy to pull together. Just mix the butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar together. Form the mixture into balls, chill and then dip in melted chocolate. That’s all there is to it.
6. Think of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars from Averie Cooks as a perfect marriage of a peanut butter cup and a rice crispy treat. These bars are sweet, salty, and addictively crunchy. Plus, there’s no baking involved. Just microwave the chocolate and peanut butter mixtures to melt them before stirring in the rice cereal.
7. Make fudgey brownies even better by adding a little bit of peanut butter to the mix. These Ultimate Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownies from Deliciously Yum use a boxed mix to help speed things up. Make the brownies according to the package, then press a few chocolate sandwich cookies into the pan a few minutes before they’re done. Top with a peanut butter frosting and then glaze the whole pan with a chocolate-peanut butter ganache. You might never make plain brownies again.
8. Make some edible favors for your next party with a batch of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Bark from Love and Olive Oil. With only 3 ingredients and a simple method, this candy can be made in about 15 minutes. Let the bark cool until it’s solid and then break into fun shapes. Stuff a couple of pieces into cellophane bags and tie with ribbons to complete the look.
Cakes and pies
9. Like a cake sandwich, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Buttercream Whoopie Pies from Brooklyn Farm Girl make it possible to have a delicious dessert on the go. Mix up the cake batter and portion it out onto a baking sheet with an ice cream scoop. A quick 11 to 13 minutes in the oven is all it takes to complete the tiny cakes. Once cool, fill them up with a dreamy buttercream that’s filled with peanutty flavor. For the best storage, keep these individually wrapped.
10. Hoping to bake someone a birthday cake they’ll never forget? Brown Eyed Baker’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake is a complete showstopper of a dessert. Coffee is the secret ingredient that makes the chocolate cake taste super rich without being heavy. This stunner isn’t finished until it’s frosted with fluffy peanut butter icing, topped with ganache and sprinkled with peanut butter cups. It’s a project, but a project worth doing.
11. With a crunchy crust and a creamy filling, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Once Upon a Chef will make any day a little brighter. The best part about this cookie crust is that it’s much easier than forming and rolling out pie dough. The filling is also a complete breeze. Just beat cream cheese with peanut butter and then fold in some whipped cream. Chopped peanuts make a great garnish, but so do any chocolate and peanut candy.
12. For a healthier take on dessert that doesn’t taste like it, we like Minimalist Baker’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding. Avocados lend creaminess and body while bananas add a touch of natural sweetness. Simply whir everything in a blender or food processor, divide into cups and chill. To make it even more special, layer the pudding with crushed cookies for a pretty parfait.
13. Chocoholics will appreciate this Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Hungry Girl Por Vida. It starts with an intensely flavored chocolate syrup, which gets mixed into the milk and cream base. Once the ice cream churns, fold in a peanut butter and coconut oil mixture to create ribbons. No ice cream parlor can compete.
14. For those who don’t have an ice cream maker, try out The Kiwi Cook’s Peanut Butter Semifreddo and Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Whisk up a custard over a double boiler, mix in the peanut butter, let it cool and then fold in the pralines and whipped cream. Once the mousse is mixed, it goes straight into the freezer where it can sit until you’re ready to serve with a nice ladle of hot fudge. This is a great dessert for company, but you might not want to share.
15. This Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Milkshake from Rachel Cooks is just about the fastest way to satisfy any peanut butter and chocolate craving. Just throw everything into a blender and puree until it’s completely smooth. It’s fast, easy, and definitely satisfying.