How Many Cups of Peanut Butter in a Pound?

When it comes to recipes involving delicious peanut butter, measuring it isn’t so easy, and that causes many to wonder, “How many cups of peanut butter in a pound?” Read and find out below.

Why Americans Love Peanut Butter?

We don’t need a rocket scientist to explain people’s love affair with peanut butter, the yummy spread made from ground, dry-roasted peanuts. It is eaten around the globe and especially, here in the United States, and we have the fascinating proof:

In 2019, statistics showed that 297.06 million Americans consumed peanut butter. Those numbers were based on the U.S. Census data and the Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS).

Folks love eating the smoothable snack and enjoy baking and cooking with peanut butter. If it weren’t a popular snack, then October 31st would probably never be the same because Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups remain the favorite Halloween treat in survey after survey even beating the iconic Snickers chocolate bar.

How many cups of peanut butter in a pound?

Some might be quick to answer that there are two cups of peanut butter in a pound, but that would appear to be just a bit too much of the spreadable snack.

Remember that when it comes to ounces, fluid volume ounces are not the same as in weight ounces. So that means that a one-pound (16 oz.) container doesn’t always equal 2 cups.

Just looking at peanut butter, we can see it is far denser than a liquid like water.

We must use a weight to volume, pound to cup conversion method in answering the question, “How many cups of peanut butter in a pound?”

The right answer is this one: There are approximately 1.9 cups of peanut butter per pound or precisely 1.8908 US cups, according to the calculation that can be found online through a Google search.

Knowing this important bit of information will serve you well when using peanut butter recipes. For example, making peanut butter fudge is a classic that generally calls for 1 1/4 cups of creamy peanut butter.

In turn, we would need to purchase a 16-ounce jar of peanut butter to make the recipe, and we would have some peanut butter left over in the jar.

Peanut butter is not only unique in how it is measured but also in how we scoop it out for measuring. If you have ever used the smooth spreadable in recipes, it can stick to measuring spoons, cups, knives, etc.

Some of the best bakers have come up with a simple tip for ensuring a perfect measure and making sure that every tiny bit is used in a recipe for ideal accuracy and taste.

Non-stick cooking spray is the answer.

You can spray the inside of your measuring cup to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to the inside. Do the same with your spatula or spoon too make it slippery and prevent the peanut butter from getting stuck on it.

Let’s be honest. Peanut butter is a delicious snack, a good source of protein and loaded with heart-healthy fats whether it’s weighed from pound to cup or piled high on a spoon.