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02/26/2014 07:00 am ET | Updated Feb 27, 2014

14 Ways To Instantly Upgrade Your Peanut Butter And Jelly (RECIPES)

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There is no sandwich more perfect than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Although it's nothing fancy -- just two pieces of bread topped with peanut butter (on both sides) and jelly -- the two spreads get along like lifelong friends.

Peanut butter and jelly work harmoniously together to make sandwich perfection. The sweet jelly cuts the stickiness of the peanut butter in the nicest of ways. And peanut butter balances out the sugariness of the fruity jelly.

While we do prescribe to the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" school of thought, we can't help but feel creative when thoughts of PB&J are in our heads. Not only can you make cakes, cookies and muffins with this perfect duo (seriously, you need to try these), but we've found countless ways to upgrade your everyday PB&J -- not that it needs it, but just for kicks. Think bacon, chocolate and French toast.

Scroll down for the 14 ways you can make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich even better than it already is.

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  • 1 Add Fresh Fruit
    Flickr: skinny.jeans
    It's like peanut butter and jelly just got a fresh new 'do.
  • 2 Grill It
    Flickr: Marshed
    If it makes sense for a cheese sandwich, why not for peanut butter and jelly?
  • 3 Add Butter
    Flickr: bigoteetoe
    Trust Ruth Reichl when she says that butter elevates PBJ to a whole new realm of awesome.
  • 4 Turn It Into French Toast
    Macaroni and Cheesecake
    Yes and yes.

    Get the Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast Sandwich recipe by Macaroni and Cheesecake
  • 5 Get Serious, And Deep Fry It
    Flickr: ladybugbkt
    Don't be scared, just give it a try. This is the natural next step after PBJ French toast.
    Get the Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly recipe at Leite's Culinaria
  • 6 Burger-ize It
    Flickr: Alaina B.
    Okay, maybe this doesn't resemble a PBJ at all, but it is a burger with peanut butter and jelly ON IT. It's awesome.
  • 7 Give It A French Twist, With A Crepe
    Flickr: Tavallai
    Just because the French don't understand the beauty of peanut butter, doesn't mean this international combination isn't completely awesome.
  • 8 Make It Into A Donut
    Heather Christo
    Because, of course. All you need are glazed donuts, jelly and peanut butter to get it done.
    Get the Peanut Butter And Jelly Donut recipe by Heather Christo
  • 9 Replace Jelly With Nutella, Add Bacon
    Flickr: johnleesandiego
    Peanut butter's getting serious.
  • 10 Skip The Bread, Use Pancakes
    Heather Christo
    Making mornings better.

    Get the recipe
  • 11 Make It An Elvis
    Flickr: jamieanne
    If peanut butter, banana and sometimes bacon was good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for us.
  • 12 Replace The Bread With Pound Cake
    Flickr: CraftNClutter
    You won't regret this.
  • 13 Club It
    Flickr: Dan Zen
    Because one peanut butter and jelly is never enough.
  • 14 Make It A S'more
    Flickr: Betty Crocker Recipes
    It's like the Fluffernutter and PBJ made best friends with chocolate.
  • 15 But Whatever You Do...
    Flickr: thelittleone417
    When it comes to PBJ: Go big, or go home. This great sandwich deserves at least that.

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