30 Intriguing Peanut Butter Sandwiches Besides PB&J

PB & J sandwiches are a lunchbox classic, but peanut butter can be paired with more than just jelly!

We searched Newspapers.com™ to find peanut butter sandwich ideas from decades past. While some of these sandwiches are classics in their own right, others are a bit more unusual!

Did your favorite peanut butter sandwich make the list?

(Click any of the links below to see the full sandwich recipe in the newspaper.)

20 Aug 1961, Sun The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, Florida) Newspapers.com

1. Peanut butter & chili sauce

Ingredients: Peanut butter, chili sauce, milk, salt

2. Peanut butter & baked beans

Ingredients: Peanut butter, baked beans, onion, tomato, lettuce, salt, pepper

3. Peanut butter & raisin

Ingredients: Peanut butter, raisins, milk

4. Peanut butter & carrot

Ingredients: Peanut butter, shredded carrots, mayonnaise, milk

5. Peanut butter & bacon

Ingredients: Peanut butter, bacon, mayonnaise

6. Peanut butter & onion

Ingredients: Peanut butter, onion, butter

Peanut butter & Onion SandwichesPeanut butter & Onion Sandwiches 12 Jan 1927, Wed The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com

7. Peanut butter & cream cheese

Ingredients: Peanut butter, cream cheese, milk, salt

8. Peanut butter, date & walnut

Ingredients: Peanut butter, dates, walnuts

9. Peanut butter & orange

Ingredients: Peanut butter, orange slices, alfalfa sprouts

10. Peanut butter & honey

Ingredients: Peanut butter, honey

11. Peanut butter & Swiss cheese

Ingredients: Peanut butter, Swiss cheese, lettuce

Peanut butter & Swiss cheese sandwichPeanut butter & Swiss cheese sandwich 17 Jun 1964, Wed Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii) Newspapers.com

12. Peanut butter & mayonnaise

Ingredients: Peanut butter, mayonnaise, lemon juice

13. Peanut butter & pineapple

Ingredients: Peanut butter, crushed pineapple

14. Peanut butter & prune

Ingredients: Peanut butter, prunes, prune juice, lemon juice

15. Peanut butter & cranberry sauce

Ingredients: Peanut butter, cranberry sauce

16. Peanut butter, olive & celery

Ingredients: Peanut butter, olives, celery, salad dressing

Peanut butter, olive & celery sandwichPeanut butter, olive & celery sandwich 04 Jun 1924, Wed Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Newspapers.com

17. Peanut butter & ginger

Ingredients: Peanut butter, ginger, lemon juice

18. Peanut butter & maple sugar

Ingredients: Peanut butter, maple sugar

19. Peanut butter & tomato

Ingredients: Peanut butter, tomato, French dressing

20. Peanut butter, orange juice & coconut

Ingredients: Peanut butter, orange juice, coconut, honey

21. Peanut butter & pickle

Ingredients: Peanut butter, pickle, mayonnaise

Recipe: Peanut Butter - Pickle Sandwiches
(1935) Recipe: Peanut Butter – Pickle Sandwiches (1935) 19 Sep 1935, Thu Evening star (Washington, District of Columbia) Newspapers.com

22. Peanut butter & hot dog

Ingredients: Peanut butter, hot dog, pickle relish

23. Peanut butter & maple syrup

Ingredients: Peanut butter, maple syrup, butter

24. Peanut butter & cottage cheese

Ingredients: Peanut butter, cottage cheese, molasses, mayonnaise

25. Peanut butter & applesauce

Ingredients: Peanut butter, applesauce, butter

26. Peanut butter & lettuce

Ingredients: Peanut butter, lettuce, mayonnaise

Recipe: Lettuce and Peanut Butter Sandwich (1957)Recipe: Lettuce and Peanut Butter Sandwich (1957) 25 Sep 1957, Wed Transcript-Telegram (Holyoke, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com

27. Peanut butter & ham

Ingredients: Peanut butter, deviled ham, mayonnaise, pickle relish

28. Peanut butter & marshmallow fluff (“fluffernutter”)

Ingredients: Peanut butter, marshmallow fluff

29. Peanut butter & sausage

Ingredients: Peanut butter, brown ‘n serve sausage, apricot jam

30. Peanut butter & banana

Ingredients: Peanut butter, bananas


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13 thoughts on “30 Intriguing Peanut Butter Sandwiches Besides PB&J

  1. You missed one of the best used of peanut butter: West African groundnut soup/stew. It combines peanut butter with the liquid like roux. Other soup or stew ingredients include chicken, shrimp or meat, onions, tomatoes, red pepper, and vegetables such as onions, okra, mushrooms, and small eggplants known as garden eggs. There are lots of recipes online these days,

  2. My late mother was a great fan of peanut butter and onion sandwiches. She would make them with plain whole wheat bread, creamy peanut butter and thinly sliced Vidalia onions. Delicious!

    1. What a wonderful memory of your mother! Thanks for sharing it (and for sharing that it was specifically Vidalia onions that made for a delicious sandwich!).

  3. Can someone please explain to me how years of newspapers that I used to have access too are longer available? They come up in a search, but when I click on them, I get an error page. When I search for those issues specifically, they are nowhere to be found. This has been very frustrating, and sending a contact form for help does not elicit a response.

    1. I don’t think I’ve seen that combo suggested for a sandwich before! Good to know that it’s fresh garlic that does the trick.

  4. When I was little it was common for peanut butter in schools and nobody had any issues but now it’s a paranoid police state about it. I don’t think it’s just ‘allergies’ but rather changes in peanut butter itself as a lot of corporations ship things to China then we buy them back. Rocket fuel was in a lot of medicines which the Chinese got caught killing people with it after whistleblowers blew it wide upon upon a formal investigation. Geez how did rocket fuel get in heart patient medicine? Those don’t even REMOTELY mix or add up.

  5. Almost all our lumber in this decade goes to China then we buy it all back. It’s a weird corporate thing but it means the US DOES NOT benefit in any way and we cannot fully ensure quality.

  6. My wife’s favorite, going back to childhood, is peanut butter and grape. As far as I’m concerned, nothing can beat peanut butter and Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread).

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