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!


272 Responses to “My Cookbook: Peanut Butter Comfort”

  1. Alex — February 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm (#

    HI!! I just wanted to say I’m so excited for you! VERY VERY EXCITED! I can’t wait til the book comes out!! A whole cookbook dedicated to PEANUT BUTTER?!?!?!

  2. Alicia — February 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm (#

    I started reading blogs a couple of years ago and your blog was one of the first I stumbled across and one of my favorites. I’m so happy that you wrote this cookbook. You have earned it! Congrats!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm (#

      Thanks for being a loyal reader – I know you comment on my giveaways and thanks for reading along and your support over the years!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — February 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm (#

    OMG Averie!!!!!! I am SO excited for you!!!!!!! YAY! Congrats! You so deserve it and I am totally preordering my copy RIGHT NOW.

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — February 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm (#

    Averie!! Congrats!!! Wow, how exciting! I am totally buying the cookbook when it comes out! I love all of your recipes + I am a HUGE peanut butter lover. . Congrats again! What an accomplishment! Woot Woot!!!

  5. Nancy @ gottagetbaked — February 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm (#

    Averie, you are truly superwoman. I don’t know how you do it all! I am so thrilled for you and I can’t wait to buy my own copy. You know I’m such a huge fan of your blog – all of your recipes and photography are AMAZING. A huge congratulations on this accomplishment, lady!

  6. Bria @ West of Persia and Yoga With Bria — February 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm (#

    Awesome news :-) Congrats!!!!

  7. Chef Amber Shea — February 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm (#

    YES!!! I’ve known for awhile that a post like this was coming, I just didn’t know when or what exactly the book would be about. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this pop up in my Reader. Averie, I am so proud of you, and I can’t wait to see how successful this book will be (let alone get my hands on a copy, myself!). HELL YEAH peanut butter! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 16, 2013 at 11:08 am (#

      Thanks, Amber, for your friendship and support and I know I don’t have to tell you anything since you’ve written your own, but it’s a nice feeling to be sitting at this place with the work behind me rather than in front of me :) xoxo

  8. Allison — February 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm (#

    You rock! Definitely just pre-ordered it right away! I actually have issues reading your posts everyday because even if I’m not hungry I instantly feel like I NEED an ooey gooey cookie of some kind. And I mean that in the best way possible. Keep it up (but get some sleep!) and congrats!

  9. Lynna — February 16, 2013 at 12:47 am (#

    Omg, CONGRATS!!! :) I LOVE LOVE peanut butter too! So, I`m definitely looking forward to this! :D I hope all the work will pay off!

  10. Cassie — February 16, 2013 at 3:40 am (#

    Congrats! I can’t wait until may 1st!

  11. Molly — February 16, 2013 at 4:37 am (#

    omg. OMG!!!!
    I remember asking you if you’d write a cookbook, and now you HAVE! It’s going on the amazon list today. Perfect timing. EEEEE!

  12. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 16, 2013 at 6:03 am (#

    Averie — congratulations! This is such an exciting, momentous occasion and I am SO proud of you. You do love your peanut butter, thus this book is perfect. Can’t wait to have my hands on it!!!

  13. nicole — February 16, 2013 at 6:10 am (#

    what a wonderful surprise and how lovely a book it looks!

    cant wait to get a hold of a copy


  14. Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — February 16, 2013 at 6:18 am (#

    Congrats Averie!!! Peanut Butter is an amazing book topic. Totally buying it!

  15. Abbe@This is How I Cook — February 16, 2013 at 6:30 am (#

    Though I’m one of your newer fans my heartfelt congrats to you, Averie! I think you definitely hit a home run on this one!

  16. Ari @ Ari's Menu — February 16, 2013 at 6:32 am (#

    OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I am so ridiculously over-the-top excited for you! Writing a cookbook is something I have only dreamed about in the back of my mind, and I’ve seen a handful of bloggers get there, and I am SO GLAD you have too! I can’t wait to buy your book and eat my weight in peanut butter! What an amazing accomplishment, Averie!!

  17. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations — February 16, 2013 at 6:44 am (#

    WOWZERS!!! What an awesome surprise! Congratulations Averie!

  18. Julia — February 16, 2013 at 6:45 am (#

    Congrats!! The cookbook looks wonderful! I love peanut butter, I really do! I can’t wait to check out all of these delicious recipes.

  19. Theresa — February 16, 2013 at 7:00 am (#

    Congratulations Averie! I have been reading your blog religiously for years! Even since your high raw yoga lovin days!! Not sure I’ve ever come out and said hi or commented but I was too busy in the kitchen! I’ve probably made 100 of your recipes and look forward to your posts every morning! I always wondered when you would put out a cookbook since your recipes are so unique and delicious and your photography is impeccable! So proud of your success and you are definitely someone I look up to in creating a living out of their passion! Your my idol!!! Wish you all the success in the world!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 16, 2013 at 11:06 am (#

      Theresa hi and thank you for your support over the years! I don’t think you’ve ever actually said hi b/c I’d remember someone who told me they made 100 of my recipes. WOW and thank you! Thanks for the high praise and compliments and your loyalty over the years; watching my blog change and evolve to where it’s at today. Thank you and I appreciate it!

  20. Valerie — February 16, 2013 at 8:06 am (#

    Congratulations, Averie!! I’m so excited for you (and for those of us who will soon have some new peanut butter recipes to play with!). How on earth were you able to keep this a secret for so long? And, more importantly, how did you have time for Everything? I hope you included some of time management tips in your book too. ;)

    Thank you for sharing your new adventure (and recipes)! And *Thank You* for including photos for each recipe- it’s always good to have an idea about what to expect at the end of the rainbow. :D

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this! xo

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 16, 2013 at 10:42 am (#

      Thanks for the kind words, Valerie! I am glad you’re surprised and excited! :)

  21. Kelly — February 16, 2013 at 9:00 am (#

    Congratulations!! I am so excited for you…and for me–I am can’t wait to read and bake from your cookbook! I absolutely love your blog–your recipes are absolutely delicious, you explain everything in such a clear way, and your writing “voice” is so friendly. Your passion for cooking and baking is inspiring! The only hard part is going to be waiting until May when amazon finally mails me my copy of your cookbook!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 16, 2013 at 10:40 am (#

      Oh Kelly, what a sweet comment and nice things to say – I appreciate it! And thanks for the preorder :)

  22. T.R. — February 16, 2013 at 9:36 am (#

    Congratulations Ms. Averie. I’ll have to pick this up. Is it wrong to say my FAVORITE peanut butter recipe is a good ole fashion peanut butter and jelly sandwich on soft wheat bread. Grape jelly at that and a nice glass of cold milk :O)

  23. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — February 16, 2013 at 10:00 am (#

    Averie, that’s so exciting! Congratulations, I bet you’re so excited. :) I cant’ wait to find it in stores, yay for peanut butter! :)

  24. Robyn (GirlonRaw) — February 16, 2013 at 10:44 am (#

    Congrats Averie! Such an exciting time for you. Must admit I don’t stop by here really anymore due to the obvious, however I saw on Facebook that you had brought out a cookbook and wanted to share my glee with you.

    Also I don’t know how you do it! Being a mum, wife, blogger and cook book writer is more than 24 hours a day work I reckon! Well done you xxxx

    Love from Saudi xx

  25. J @ semplicemente ... J — February 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#

    Amazing. Congratulations. Much success.

  26. Colleen — February 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm (#

    That’s so fantastic!! I was wondering if you were ever going to make one! Can’t wait to buy it :)

  27. Suzi — February 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm (#

    So proud of you! I can say, “Oh, I have emails from her when she was just an almost unknown blogger, you know, before she was a famous author!”

  28. Neiko — February 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#


    NEIKO :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm (#

      I remember your name and email address extremely well, Neiko! Thanks for sticking around all these years and for your support!

  29. Laura Dembowski — February 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm (#

    Averie, that is just the best news! You totally deserve it with all the stellar treats you make. It is awesome that you took the pics. I love that almost all the recipes have pics. When reading a cookbook I rarely make recipes without an accompanying pic. As for having created more delightful pb recipes, well I guess you’ll just have to write another book :)

  30. Alyssa — February 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#

    Congrats, Averie! That is such a huge and momentous milestone and accomplishment! I hope I can get there some day too :-)

  31. Loretta — February 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm (#

    This is gorgeous Averie! Adding to my wish list now:) I cannot imagine how hard you’ve been working this past year. I can’t wait to get my hands on this. Knowing you, I’ll be drooling over each and every picture!


  32. Jen @ Savory Simple — February 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm (#

    Averie, I’m SO happy for you! This is wonderful news!

  33. Carine — February 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm (#

    Everything looks delicious!

  34. Rachelle — February 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm (#

    This is great! Congratulations! You really went for your dreams and you really inspired me to go after mine :)

  35. Jayne — February 17, 2013 at 4:28 am (#

    Congratulations! How exciting for you. I imagine your book will be gorgeously mothwatering just like your blog!

  36. marla — February 17, 2013 at 4:31 am (#

    Averie, THIS is the best news ever. First of all I LOVE peanut butter. Secondly ~ your recipes ROCK so I can only imagine how GREAT your cookbook will be. Please put me on your publicity list. I am soooooo proud of you. CONGRATS :) XOXOXOXO

  37. Mercedes — February 17, 2013 at 8:20 am (#

    Congratulations on the cookbook! It looks amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

  38. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — February 17, 2013 at 8:28 am (#

    CONGRATS!!! A few weeks ago I commented that I could not understand why you did not have a cookbook with all of your amazing photos and recipes! Such an incredible accomplishment. You are an inspiration Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 17, 2013 at 11:25 am (#

      Yes you did! I remember that comment VERY well because I knew this post was coming. And for the last year, every time someone would say that to me, I would just smile inside :) Thanks for your sweet words and loyal readership!

  39. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — February 17, 2013 at 8:39 am (#

    Congratulations. I love how you compared the process to being pregnant. It totally makes sense- although I have never been pregnant! The pb banana upside down cake looks gorgeous and I could totally go for a slice right now! You are such an inspiration blogging 370 posts last year, raising a kid, and writing a cookbook. WOW girl you were busy! Can’t wait to get the book in person.. heading over to Amazon now! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 17, 2013 at 11:28 am (#

      Thanks, Elizabeth, for all your support! And didn’t know you were in OC! Just went to your site and read that! My hubs was up there last night on a biz dinner!

    • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — February 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#

      OMG how did I not know you are in San Diego! I love San Diego- don’t go as often as I would like. My boyfriends best friend lives there and my best friend went to college there. We used to always go to Extraordinary Desserts! I would absolutely love to meet up with you one day. If that’s not too creepy! :) I have never meet up with a blogging friend and would love to meet such an amazing blogger like yourself!

  40. Lisatberry — February 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm (#

    Congrats Averie…can’t wait to buy the book.

  41. Marina@Picnic at Marina — February 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm (#

    Averie, I am so-so glad you have written this book! I knew something was “cooking” in publishing department, I had that gut feeling that usually is proven to be precise. Great job, dear friend! Your recipes and techniques are well measured and work each time I use it. Thank you for all your work, here on the blog and in print! :)

  42. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm (#

    I just pre-ordered it and I cant wait! Peanut butter is my life, I eat it all the time. Congrats on such a huge achievement!

  43. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am (#

    Wow I can’t WAIT to get my hands on this book. I literally just gave up peanut butter because I was eating about a jar a week. Yeah it won’t last long though. I’m so proud of you! :) BUYING IT IMMEDIATELY. k bye!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 11:31 am (#

      Thanks, Monique, for your support, always! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 11:31 am (#

      Oh and giving up PB…yeah, that wouldn’t work for me at all! I have read about people doing that for Lent this year. Not me :)

  44. carrian — February 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm (#

    Oh my heck lady!!!! I’m so incredibly happy for you!!!! Shouting this one off the rooftops!

  45. Jolene ( — February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm (#

    Wow – congratulations Averie!!! How exciting!!!! I had no idea – but man am I impressed :-) You rock girl! I’ll definitely be buying your book!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#

      We knew each other way back in like 2009 and thank you for being such a loyal friend over the years, Jolene! :) xo

  46. Christi @ Love From The Oven — February 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm (#

    I don’t even have words to tell you how excited I am for this, for you and how very proud I am of you. You are so incredibly talented and wow, what the world has in store for them. Way to go mama, well done, and I’m putting in my pre-order right now! XOXO

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm (#

      Thanks for all your love and support over the years, Christi. It means the world! And of course, thank you for the preorder :)

  47. Amelia — February 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#

    Congrats on your cookbook! Love From The Oven posted about it on her Facebook page, and I’m glad she did because I am a lover of peanut butter, and can’t wait to check it out! I’m now a new follower of your blog, and look forward to checking out your other recipes as well!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm (#

      Thanks for saying hi and for clicking over from Christi’s site. She is such a sweetheart and thanks for reading along and being a new reader!

  48. Katie — February 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm (#

    OMG Averie this is so friggin awesome! Congratulations!!!! I can’t wait to get your book–I love peanut butter!

  49. Heather @French Press — February 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm (#

    amazing! I was just sharing your site with my husband, and I mentioned that I thought you would be the next blogger turned cookbook author – I have always drooled over your photos and recipes. SO excited to order

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm (#

      Well you were psychic! And thanks for your support and kind words, Heather!

  50. Megan {country cleaver} — February 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm (#

    So many congrats on this book Averie! I am beyond thrilled for you!! Everything sounds delectable!

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