Break out that jar of peanut butter and don’t be afraid to indulge as the entire month of November celebrates lovers of peanut butter, one of the most popular and uniquely American foods, especially when it comes to kids. Peanut butter is also an excellent and inexpensive source of plant protein as well as an excellent source of other vitamins and minerals.
According to Southern Peanut Growers, representing southeastern peanut farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, Americans will celebrate by eating more than 65 million pounds of peanut butter during the month of November alone. That’s a lot of peanut butter!
The same Southern Peanut Growers are responsible for starting the celebration of Peanut Butter Lovers Day, back on November 4, 1990. That particular day signals the day when the first patent for peanut butter was applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg back on November 4, 1895. The day celebration became a month-long celebration when peanut butter celebrated its 100th birthday in 1995. Ever since, peanut butter lovers can lionize and rejoice in enjoying this nutritional spread for a full 30 days each November.
Though Dr. George Washington Carver may not have been the first to patent peanut butter, nevertheless many consider him to be the father of the peanut industry. After all, during his lifetime he discovered over 300 used of peanuts. Not interested in fame or fortune, Dr. Carver only patented three of his peanut inventions. Still, he was a major reason why the peanut became one of the six most produced crops in the United States in the 1940’s.
However, the rest of the world just doesn’t quite get it regarding Americans love of that lunch box staple – PB&J (peanut butter & jelly). “In many parts of the world, peanut butter is regarded as an unpalatable American curiosity,” Brian Sternthal, a professor of marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, explains. If you should be traveling to France, Italy, England, Spain, Russia, China, Sweden, Czech Republic, Argentina or Denmark, chances are you will find it difficult to find a place where to buy peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
Makes about 6 dozen cookies
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups unsalted butter, chilled, cut up
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups honey-roasted peanuts
2 (10 oz) pkg. peanut butter chips
2 (8 oz) pkg. toffee bits or 12 (1.4 oz.) bars milk chocolate toffee, such as Heath bars, chopped
Whisk flour, oats, baking soda and salt in medium bowl.
Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until combined. At low speed, beat in flour mixture just until combined.
Stir in peanuts, peanut butter chips and toffee bits. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Gently form into balls and flatten slightly to about ½- to ¾- inch thickness. Freeze dough on baking sheets for 10 minutes or until firm. Bake about 12 minutes or until light brown on edges. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack 3 minutes. Place cookies on rack to cool completely before storing.
(Courtesy of PeanutButterLovers.com)