Last Minute Gift: Smokey Spicy Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

It’s the weekend before Christmas, y’all – are you ready?

I am totally prepared this year, actually. I did all my shopping online, and my coworkers think I’m a shopaholic as a result of all the boxes delivered to me over the past few weeks, but let me tell you, it was the most painless Christmas prep I’ve done.

Because I know most people are not crazy planners like I am, I’m sure there are more than a few of you scrambling for one last gift. I’m here to help. I made this peanut butter right before my Brazil trip for a food swap that I’ve participated in a couple of times.  To toot my horn a bit, it felt like EVERYONE wanted to trade with me. I swapped honey roasted peanut butter with cayenne and smoked paprika. Yup. Let it sink in.

Anyhow, I would highly recommend this as a gift for anyone on your list. In an evening you can have several servings that look great and are awesomely tasty – obviously sweet, but not overly so, with a little spice and smoke. I hope you’ll give it a try.

Peanut Butter photos courtesy of Vanessa Vichit-Vadacan, a fellow food swapper. Her blog here and photos here.

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Smokey Spicy Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

  • 8oz peanuts, dry roasted, no salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne, or more

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar, paprika and cayenne in a small bowl. In a bigger bowl, add peanuts and drizzle honey over. Mix thoroughly to spread honey over all peanuts. Add sugar/spice mixture and mix to cover all the peanuts.

Distribute evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat. Bake for about 20 min, mixing up peanuts a few times. Let cool.

Break apart peanuts into a food processor. Start processing and slowly add 2 tbsp light oil. Process until smooth or your desired peanut butter texture. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

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