Food & Recipes

6 Ways to Reinvent the PB&J for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, April 2, 2016

Rachael Ray Show

Aired April 2, 2016

Happy National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, the one time a year when we celebrate the humble sandwich that everyone makes when they’re nothing else in the house, when they’re running low on funds, or just because they’re darned delicious! We’re showing you six recipes that pay tribute to America’s favorite salty-sweet sandwich.

1.) Buddy Valastro's Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

This one is definitely going to become a family favorite! Buddy Valastro takes ordinary vanilla cupcakes and injects them with jelly, then tops with fluffy, creamy peanut butter frosting.

2.) Sunny Anderson's Spicy PB&J Wings

Now this is one we would never have thought of, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it! Sunny Anderson’s delightful recipe calls for a whole cup of grape jelly, along with peanut butter, Sriracha and soy sauces, and coconut cream for a sweet/spicy/salty glaze for chicken wings. Yum!

3.) PB&J Cheeseball

If you adore your PB&J flavor, this is a great party dessert. It’s a peanut butter and jelly cheeseball served with graham crackers and toasted white bread! What more could you ever want?

4.) PB&J French Toast Sticks

A typical PB&J gets French toast-ified! Just make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, dip it in French Toast batter, grill and slice into sticks.

5.) Bill Bellamy's PB&J Cookies

Bill Bellamy makes this PB&J cookie recipe with his kids, and he keeps it simple by starting with store-bought pre-made sugar cookie dough. Then you just treat the cookies like bread and make little PB&J cookie sandwiches. Done!

6.) Slow Cooker PBJ Cheesecake

For our grand PB&J finale, Grant Melton’s multi-layered peanut butter and jelly cheesecake will make you forget the bread!

Bonus Tip: Grant has an ingenious technique for a perfectly moist cheesecake every time! He uses his slow cooker to make a hot water bath and slow cooks the cake for an amazing moist, creamy texture.

We want to know what kind of peanut butter and jelly person you are. What’s your favorite flavor of jelly? And do you prefer crunchy or creamy peanut butter?