Creative ways to use nuts in cooking in honor of National Nut Day

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We can't help getting excited because it's finally National Nut Day! While nuts may seem bland or useless, we're here to tell you they're so much more than that. Known as a day to celebrate nuts and embrace all the ways we use them in our food, National Nut Day helps us remember exactly why we love these little goodies.

From the classic peanut to the all-time favorite cashew -- nuts have graced our meals for as long as we can remember. So, why not take things to the next level on this day especially? We've got a few creative ways to use nuts in cooking that will leave you wondering why you don't include them in EVERY meal. Let's get started!

1. Creamy Cranberry Pistachio Fudge


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2. Blue Cheese and Walnut Mashed Potatoes


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3. White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel


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4. Rocky Road Brownies


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4. Farfalle with Pistachio Nuts


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5. Cherry Nut Chocolates


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Creative ways to use nuts in cooking in honor of National Nut Day
Raw peanuts await packaging, roasting or boiling at Brenda's Produce stand in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, July 14, 2015. A recent survey indicates Mississippi adults are last in eating vegetables but they are not alone. Most U.S. adults still aren't eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables with only 13 percent saying they eat the required amount of fruit each day and only 9 percent eating enough vegetables. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This June 22, 2015 photo shows how to make homemade peanut butter in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Peanut butter pie. It doesn't get much easier than this silky smooth and party-perfect recipe for peanut butter pie. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
A Sri Lankan fruit vendor waits to sell peanuts in Colombo on March 3, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government will seek loans exceeding 4.0 billion USD from international lenders, including the IMF, as it 'restructures' expensive debt owed to China, the finance minister said. (Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani women separate loose material from peanuts at a market in Lahore on November 20, 2014. Pakistan was granted a USD 6.8 billion IMF bailout package last year to help the country achieve economic reforms, particularly in its troubled energy sector, but analysts warned gains the country has made are at risk. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Lee, 9, each morning at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., his mother, Geena Lee measures out exactly 6 grams of peanuts to give to her son, watches him to make sure he eats them and then observes him for the next hour to make sure he does not have an adverse reaction. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
The desensitization regimen is intended to keep the patient's immune system from overreacting in the event of an accidental exposure to peanuts. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
Farmers weed a peanut field on June 4, 2013 in Liaocheng, China. Chinese farmers were in busy farming season in recent days, as wheat harvest started around Mainland China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A woman sorts peanuts on February 23, 2013 in the central Senegalese village of Dinguiraye at a Chinese-owned warehouse. Peanut farming has brought wealth to Senegalese farmers, who have been selling their crop for higher prices to Chinese exporters while local oil producers speak of unfair competition. (Photo by Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)
A peanut sorting machine operates on February 23, 2013 in the central Senegalese village of Dinguiraye at a Chinese-owned warehouse. Peanut farming has brought wealth to Senegalese farmers, who have been selling their crop for higher prices to Chinese exporters while local oil producers speak of unfair competition. (Photo by Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)
Jars of Skippy peanut butter are displayed on a shelf at Cal Mart grocery store on January 3, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Hormel, the maker of Spam, announced that it will purchase the Skippy peanut butter brand from Unilever for $700 million in cash. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays reaches for a peanut during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins on October 2, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Peanuts at the Farmers Market in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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