Put a dish of cocktail peanuts in front of us and we’ll consume the entire bowl without even realizing we started. We’re only human.

But do we really know what we’re eating? If you’ve ever slowed down to crack a peanut in half, you’ll notice a little nub inside (and if you’re smart, you’ll pull it out and eat it, because it’s tender and delicious).

When you eat a peanut, you’re simultaneously eating something pretty amazing. See that little nub on the end of the peanut below? That’s an embryo.

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See the cute lil’ embryo?

The peanut is really just a seed, which, when planted in soil, grows into a peanut plant. And though all parts of the seed are vital, the embryo is basically the origin of the plant.

Once a peanut seed is planted, the embryo grows into a seedling and produces a flowering plant. Once the plant has gone through pollination and fertilization, new peanut pods develop underground — and the seeds within those pods contain embryos of their own. 

Though we know them as nuts, peanuts are actually legumes, so they don’t grow on trees like walnuts or pecans. Instead, the peanut fruit grows under the soil’s surface.

And it all starts with that crunchy little niblet.

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Now that we’re all better educated on the origins of peanuts, it’s high time we show them some appreciation — preferably in butter form.

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Below, some of our favorite peanut butter desserts so you can eat all the embryos your heart desires.

Peanut Butter Desserts

Peanut Butter Desserts

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Ultimate Bourbon (Chocolate Peanut Butter) Buckeye Cake
Half Baked Harvest
Ultimate Bourbon (Chocolate Peanut Butter) Buckeye Cake
Half Baked Harvest
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Nutella Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies
Handle The Heat
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Peanut Butter Cream Filled Doughnuts
Get the Peanut Butter Cream Filled Doughnuts recipe from How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is
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5-Ingredient Triple Decker Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Half Baked Harvest
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S’more Peanut Butter Cookies
Get the S’more Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sally’s Baking Addiction
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Banana Chocolate Chip Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting
Handle The Heat
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Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Droolworthy
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Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
How Sweet It Is
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Peanut Butter Mousse And Fudge Parfaits
Half Baked Harvest
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Salted Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Get the Salted Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from The Moveable Feast
The Moveable Feast
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Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Caramel And Pretzel Candy Bars
Completely Delicious
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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Doughnuts With Salted Chocolate Bourbon Caramel
Half Baked Harvest
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GF Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Averie Cooks
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Cups
How Sweet It Is
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Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Get the Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sally’s Baking Addiction
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Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Completely Delicious
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Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cake
Get the Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cake recipe from How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is
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Glazed Peanut Butter And Jelly Doughnut With Strawberry-Rhubarb
Half Baked Harvest
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Banana Cupcakes With Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
Sally’s Baking Addiction
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream
Naturally Ella
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Chocolate Dipped Homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Mocha Ice Cream Sandwich
Half Baked Harvest
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No-Churn Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Soft Pretzel Ice Cream Sammies
Half Baked Harvest
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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies And Cream Salted Caramel Popcorn Bars
Half Baked Harvest
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Peanut Butter Cheesecake With Marshmallow Frosting And Bananas
How Sweet It Is
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The Ultimate Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake
Lemon Sugar
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Frozen Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Swirled Pretzel Macarons
Half Baked Harvest
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies
Half Baked Harvest
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Bacon Banana Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting
How Sweet It Is
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Toasted Coconut Caramel Peanut Butter Snickers Bars
Half Baked Harvest
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Thai Peanut Butter Cups
Get the Thai Peanut Butter Cups recipe from vrunk from Food52
Food52
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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies
Half Baked Harvest
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Smores Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Pie
This Gal Cooks
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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
How Sweet It Is
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
This Gal Cooks
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Giant Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookes
Get the Giant Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Brown Eyed Baker
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Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake
Yammie’s Noshery
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Baked Peanut Butter Doughnuts With Chocolate Glaze
Buns In My Oven
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from Completely Delicious
Completely Delicious
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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites
Get the Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Sally’s Baking Addiction
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Chocolate And Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies
Get the Chocolate And Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownies recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod
Two Peas And Their Pod
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Birthday Cake
Pass The Sushi
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Quick + Easy No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bites
How Sweet It Is
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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Get the Classic Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Merrill via Food52
Merrill/Food52
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Combos Pretzel And Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars
Averie Cooks
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies
Averie Cooks
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No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites
How Sweet It Is
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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Averie Cooks
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Brown Sugar Cupcakes
How Sweet It Is
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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Get the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Brown Eyed Baker
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Buckeye Balls Sandwiches
Get the Buckeye Balls Sandwiches recipe from Buns In My Oven
Buns In My Oven
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