Peanut Butter Alternatives
Hazelnut-Nutella Sandwich Cookies
Ground hazelnuts in the dough give these Nutella sandwich cookies extra crunch.
Duck with Miso-Almond Butter
After experimenting with miso paste and flavorful Spanish marcona almonds, Stephanie Izard created a delectable nutty-sweet butter that she serves with meaty seared duck breasts.
Chunky Guacamole with Cumin
Like peanut butter, guacamole is terrific both as a dip and as a sandwich spread. This version has a subtle tartness, balanced heat and a creamy-chunky texture.
Pimento cheese—the simple combination of grated cheddar cheese with mayonnaise and pimientos—is a Southern staple often served on crackers or vegetables. It's particularly good on celery sticks, just like peanut butter.
Bacon Biscuits with Roasted Apple Butter
Shockingly simple, this recipe is hands-on; it calls for using your fingers to gently blend the flour and knead the dough until smooth.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Yuzu Kosho Pesto
Yuzu kosho is a hot, spicy and aromatic Japanese condiment made from hot chiles and ultra-citrusy yuzu zest. It's the key to this supersimple and utterly delicious recipe from chef Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica in Los Angeles.
Pasta with Spicy Almond Pesto
Using almond butter is a great shortcut for making this delicious spicy dish. Or try hazelnut butter for an earthier pesto.
Israeli Hummus with Paprika and Whole Chickpeas
Like peanut butter, hummus has a rich, creamy, nutty flavor and makes a perfect spread for crackers or vegetables.
Lemony Chickpea Bruschetta
Chickpeas are a fine source of protein and heart-healthy folic acid. Here, they're pureed into a nutty spread that needs only bread to become a satisfying snack.
Brown-Butter Crêpes with Nutella and Jam
To give his crêpes a subtle, nutty flavor, Mike Price browns the butter for his batter. "Any jam will go with hazelnuts and chocolate," the chef says. "You can't screw that up."
Chorizo-Olive Griddle Cakes with Chile Butter
These little patties are moist and dense, almost like a griddle scone. Grace Parisi cooks them on a griddle, just like pancakes, and serves them with a spicy butter made with sambal oelek (Asian chile sauce).
Brandied Apricot Butter
This fruit-filled butter is wonderful on crusty bread. It's also great with warm popovers, pancakes, waffles and muffins.
Grilled Ham and Cheese with Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam
The secret to Chris Kronner's delectable sandwiches is the jam spiked with Pinot Noir. Kronner got the idea when he was helping Elisabeth Prueitt test jam recipes while they drank wine.
White Bean Dip with Parsley Oil
To give this creamy bean dip its fresh herbal flavor, Jim German, owner of the Jimgermanbar in Waitsburg, Washington, drizzles it with olive oil blended with lovage leaves. Since lovage isn't always easy to find, a combination of parsley and celery leaves can mimic its flavor.
Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie
Chef Nate Appleman lost lots of weight by running. After a morning workout, he often makes this smoothie, which gets a dose of protein from almond butter.
This simple dish is delicious with Mexican kebabs.
Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter
Apple butter gives this warm, cozy dish a creamier texture.
Prosciutto, Brie and Apple Panini with Scallion Butter
Olga's Cup & Saucer in Providence, Rhode Island, offers terrific panini, like this twist on ham and cheese.
Penne with Chicken, Green Beans, and Cashew Butter
Compound butter—a softened butter mixed with nuts, herbs, or any flavoring ingredient—is a simple base for creating a delicious sauce.
Summer Vegetable Packs with Toasted Pecan Butter
These veggie wraps get a nutty flavor boost from a compound butter made with pecans.