My Cookbook: Peanut Butter Comfort

I’ve wanted to write this post for over a year. There were so many times I wanted to tell you what I was doing and how I was up to my eyeballs in 17 jars of peanut butter almost every day.

But I decided that rather than drag out the suspense for a year, and long before my book was even going to be in stores or that you could buy it, that I’d just surprise you when the timing was better.

Well, surprise! My first cookbook, Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America’s Favorite Spread, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be in stores May 1.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

The book features more than 100 recipes and they all use peanut butter. Yes, there’s peanut butter in every single recipe. I cannot even tell you how much peanut butter I went through in 2012. I was literally buying it by the gallon while recipe testing.

In some recipes, peanut butter is bold and in your face like in old-fashioned peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

And in other recipes, it’s subtle, hardly noticeable, and binds ingredients or lends moisture to biscuit dough.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

It’s primarily a dessert cookbook, with a focus on comfort food desserts that stick to your ribs like Marshmallow Fluffternutter Butterscotch Bars.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

Or a Caramelized Peanut Butter and Banana Upside-Down Cake that will make your soul sing.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

There is one chapter devoted to savory and salty-and-sweet combinations like Cheesy Peanut Butter Crackers, a homemade riff on Peanut Butter-Filled-and-Flavored Cheez-Its.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

There’s Fresh Spring Rolls with Thai Peanut Sauce. You can’t have a peanut butter book without peanut sauce.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

There are a handful of recipes that have appeared on my blog because I have over 50+ recipes on my site that use peanut butter. 35 Peanut Butter Recipes are here, and all of the Peanut Butter Recipes are here. A few recipes I love too much to not include and so in they went.

The irony is that since writing the book and turning in my manuscript last July, I’ve come up with more peanut butter recipes that I wish I could have included but with books, there’s no Edited To Add function like with blogging, and now they’re posted here.

I did all the photography. 100 recipes, 100 photos. Actually, more than 100 photos because at the beginning of chapters and interspersed throughout the book there are accompanying images. You never notice how many photos are in the margins, corners, and sides of pages in a book until you’re the one responsible for making them happen.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

I believe there are only two recipes and some frosting recipes that don’t have accompanying photos. It was important to me to really show you what the food looks like when it’s done. It’s a peeve of mine in cookbooks when every fifth or seventh recipe gets a photo and the rest don’t, and I made sure to avoid that.

They say that writing a book is like being pregnant and birthing a baby. Well, I’ve done both and there are striking parallels. In the beginning, I was so full of anticipation, excitement, and so eager. Ready to get on with it, and for the fun to begin. Midway through, the novelty wears off and that initial energy rush has dwindled and it’s hard work to stay on track and keep the other aspects of life humming along, too. Toward the end, you’re dead tired, fatigued, and wonder how you will go on. And in the last week or two before the due date, life is a blur, awake all hours of the day and night, just trying to finish and stay strong.

And then, after all the edits, revisions, changes, going up and back time and time again, you hold your baby in your arms, or in my case see a PDF of my baby on my computer screen, and it’s suddenly all worth it. And I want to do it again because it was the most rewarding and fulling experience.

And I am. But that’s a whole other post.

Here is the front and back cover with jacket flaps. I didn’t design the cover but had input. The photography is mine, but my publisher has a design team who created it.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

Although there are similarities to writing a food blog, it’s definitely different. The recipe development, cooking the food, trialing it, photographing it, writing about it, learning about the publishing process, and experiencing it all has been the hardest work, but the best work.  And I’m grateful to the Skyhorse team for their support.

And I’m eternally grateful for my husband’s support. I could not have done it without him. Both from helping me parent our daughter to eating his weight in peanut butter in 2012. I could not have blogged 365 days last year and clocked in 370 posts, written a book, taken care of our house and child without him being Daddy Dearest. That said, it’s amazing how little sleep I got last year and I’m about to do it again.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

You’d think I would have gotten sick of peanut butter in this whole process but I haven’t. My recipe yesterday included it and I adore it just as much as ever.

I hope you love peanut butter and Peanut Butter Comfort as much as I do.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread by Averie Sunshine

Thank you for your support!

   

270 Responses to “My Cookbook: Peanut Butter Comfort”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my goodness – CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you! I hope you do a book signing because I’ll be the first in line to get your autograph :)

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    dervla @ the curator — February 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

    YAY congratulations, can’t wait to get a copy. I love that you waited, although i’m not sure how you did it without bursting!

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    Patti — February 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations!!! Very excited to get my copy. :-)

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    Ashton — February 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Wow!! A really big congratulations!!!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — February 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Congratulations! That is such exciting news!!! We go through a lot of peanut butter here but I am sure nothing compared to your last year :-) I can’t wait to see it on the shelves of our store!!!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I read this the other day on my phone bit had trouble commenting (not you, just my phone!). But I wanted to be sure to tell you congratulations! And ummmmm seriously girl- do you ever ever sleep? :)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — February 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!

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    Melissa | Dash of East — February 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    OMG, how did I miss this post?! Congratulations Averie! This is so so SO exciting!

    I have no idea how you managed to cook/photograph/write/edit the book AND keep up with blogging AND be a mom AND…. geez, hat’s off to you lady! And I can’t wait to see the book in person! :-D

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — February 28th, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Thanks for your support, Melissa!

      cook/photograph/write/edit the book AND keep up with blogging AND be a mom <– that is why I sleep 4 hours a night, max. As a mom and a photographer and blogger, you can truly understand this all I’m sure!

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    Sarah — March 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    How exciting, congratulations!! It’ll be on the top of my to-buy list!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — March 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Congratulations Averie!!! Those Cheesy Peanut Butter Bites are calling my name :)

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks replied: — March 6th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      And thank you for your headshot photography! Your copy will be on its way just as soon as it’s off the presses! :)

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    Simply Life — March 14, 2013 at 4:42 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is SOOOO exciting!!!!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oh my gosh! How did I miss this announcement?!! I knew it would happen for you, Averie. So exciting!!! Congratulations my friend :)

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    Ann — June 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Love your blog found it from another food blog “Iowa Girl Eats” she featured your Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter cookies on her Friday Favorites.

    I would love to get your blog via email, is there any way that I can sign up to receive your great recipes?

    YUMO!
    Ann :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 21st, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks for finding me from Kristin’s site! And yes to get my updates in your inbox every day, just go to my site, top right hand corner there’s a little mailbox looking icon. Click on that and fill it out and you’ll get them directly that way! Thanks for being a new follower!

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    Mikl — July 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I recently purchased your cookbook and I fell in love with it. A self-proclaimed peanut butter lover and addict, I can’t wait to make every recipe. I love the picture with every recipe and your use of everyday ingredients.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 17th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you so much for your support and kind words! I really appreciate it and I am so glad you’re enjoying it!

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    Stephanie Seifferlein — January 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Hi Averie – I wanted to let you know that my 6 year old sat down with your cookbook last night for over 30 minutes flipping through it to decide what she wanted for her 7th birthday treat. I loved watching her flip through each page and evaluate the ingredients to see what she wanted!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 21st, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      My daughter’s 7th bday is coming up in about 2 weeks! Sounds like our girls are exactly the same age – fun! And that’s so sweet you let her flip thru and decide what she wanted! My daughter taste-tested every recipe in there many times :) LMK what you guys decide & thanks for your support!

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      • Stephanie Seifferlein replied: — January 24th, 2014 at 7:02 am

        Emmy’s birthday is 2/5/07, she is very excited for her birthday this year! She chose the Peanut Butter Pudding Vanilla Rice Krsipie Bars :) It isn’t what I would have picked for her birthday so I absolutely love that she did this herself!

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 24th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

          Well have fun! I think RK Bars are such a kid dessert and perfect for her :)

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