March is National Peanut Month.

The United States is the third largest peanut producing country in the world, behind India and China.

About one-half of the United States peanuts consumed domestically are in the form of peanut butter.

Americans eat an average of 3.3 pounds of peanut butter per person per year.

There are approximately 540 peanuts in an 18-ounce jar of peanut butter.

According to the National Peanut Board, by the time the average child graduates from high school, he will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Peanut butter and jelly is the most popular sandwich combination, but peanut butter goes well with other foods, too. It's great for baking cookies.

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter, honey, peanut butter, sugar, and egg. Combine the dry ingredients. Stir into the butter mixture.

Roll dough in 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Dip a fork in flour and crisscross each cookie to flatten it. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Peanut Butter Sticks

6 slices day old bread

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup cinnamon sugar mixture

Cut each bread slice into three strips.

Melt butter or margarine in a saucepan. Stir in the peanut butter.

Coat bread sticks with the peanut butter mixture. Roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Then turn sticks and bake 2 minutes longer. Serve.

Peanut Butter Milk Shake

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 cups milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream.

Place in blender container and blend until smooth. Serve.

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