Peanut Butter Lovers Put Their Passion in Prize-Winning Recipes

Peanut butter tugs at the heart-strings of many Americans. So when the opportunity came for students at the Art Institute to develop a dish for a National Peanut Butter Lovers month recipe contest, their passion for peanut butter led to some prize-worthy displays of culinary innovation.

Sixteen entries from The Art Institutes system of schools across the country made it to the final round of judging. Dustin Godfrey of Jacksonville, Florida took home the grand prize for his recipe, and the runners-up were Kandy Hall of Pheonix, Arizona, and Tanya Neuerberg of Sacramento, California. Check out the prize-winning dishes, and see how these students turned their love for peanut butter into amazing recipes:

Tuile 6

Grand Prize Winner – Dustin Godfrey
Recipe – Roasted Peanut Tuile with Peanut Butter Mousse and Peanut Butter Candied Bacon (pictured above)

In a dish that earned props for using both regular and powdered peanut butter, Dustin let his peanut butter love shine in this recipe. “Peanut butter and peanuts are my favorite food, and always have been,” said Godfrey. “When I found out about the competition, I had some great ideas about how to use peanut butter and I was really excited to create a recipe.” Overall it was a very creative dish that incorporated peanut flavor into every element. Dustin’s goal is to one day open up a food truck, and he said that peanut butter will definitely have a place on the menu. We look forward to seeing more from him in the future.

Click here to get the recipe for Dustin’s Roasted Peanut Tuile with Peanut Butter Mousse and Peanut Butter Candied Bacon.

PB Marscapone Mousse in Florentine Shell

Runner-up – Kandy Hall
Recipe – Peanut Butter Mascarpone Mousse in a Florentine Shell

The crispy shell filled with peanut butter mascarpone mousse had the judges drooling. So it’s no wonder that Kandy Hall’s recipe made it in the top three. “I’ve never created my own recipe,” said Kandy. “I wanted to try developing a recipe, and I am so excited that I made runner-up!” This dish certainly shows Kandy’s potential as a budding chef, and we know that she has a bright future ahead of her.

Click here to get the recipe for Kandy Hall’s Peanut Butter Mascarpone Mousse in a Florentine Shell.

Caramel Delight Cookie Butter

Runner-up – Tanya Neuerberg
Recipe – Caramel Delight Cookie Butter

Peanut butter is a spread that we love on just about everything. But Tanya Neuerberg’s Cookie Butter is a spread meant to satisfy a sweet tooth. This recipe combines the delicious taste of peanut butter, and the flavor of a famous chocolate and coconut cookie into a sweet spread. When asked about her inspiration for this recipe, Tanya said “I have a hard time getting my son to enjoy peanut butter as much as I do, and as a parent it seems every child is particular about what kinds of foods they like.” So she decided to create a cookie butter that incorporated peanut butter that he could eat as a dip or spread on nutritious foods like fruits and whole grain crackers. Her other inspiration was her partner. She said some of his favorite foods are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and Caramel deLites Girl Scout Cookies ®. Needless to say, her clever combination of peanut butter and cookie flavor into a delectable spread pleased both her family, and the judges.

Click here to get the recipe for Tanya Neuerberg’s recipe for Caramel Delight Cookie Butter.

NPB enjoyed all the peanut butter love spread in every recipe received in this contest! Thanks again to all who participated in the contest, and especially to the Art Institute!

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