Peanut Butter Frosting

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth and a penchant for peanut butter, you’re in for a treat with this Peanut Butter Frosting. So, grab a spoon (or a cupcake, more on that later) and let’s explore why this creamy concoction has captured hearts (and taste buds) everywhere.

Before we talk about what to slather this delectable frosting on, let’s take a moment to appreciate why people go gaga over peanut butter frosting. There’s a reason this stuff is the stuff of legends. It’s like a party in your mouth where creamy meets nutty, and sweet dances with salty.

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Peanut Butter Frosting

It all starts with the rich, nutty flavor of peanut butter. The combination of roasted peanuts and just the right amount of sugar creates a flavor profile that’s simultaneously savory and sweet, making it incredibly satisfying.

Peanut butter frosting is all about that creamy texture. It’s smooth, silky, and luxurious. When it meets your taste buds, it’s like a velvet embrace that melts away all your worries. Plus, this frosting is like a chameleon in the kitchen. It plays well with various desserts, from cupcakes to brownies, cookies to cakes. You name it, and peanut butter frosting can enhance it.

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  • Butter 
  • Peanut butter 
  • Powdered sugar 
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla

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Recipe Instructions

  1. Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature, especially the butter.
  2. In an electric mixer, blend butter and peanut butter until creamy (2-3 minutes, medium speed).
  3. Gradually add powdered sugar on low speed to avoid mess, then switch to medium until smooth.
  4. Mix in salt, vanilla extract, and slowly add heavy cream for desired consistency.
  5. Use the smooth frosting on cakes, cupcakes, or desserts with a spatula or piping bag.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use natural peanut butter for making peanut butter frosting?

You can use natural peanut butter, but it will alter the texture and consistency of the frosting. Natural peanut butter contains less sugar and often separates, so you might need to adjust other ingredients to achieve the desired consistency

Can I make peanut butter frosting ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare peanut butter frosting in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. When you’re ready to use it, allow it to come to room temperature and give it a quick stir to restore its creamy texture.

How do I thin peanut butter frosting if it’s too thick?

If your peanut butter frosting is too thick, you can add a small amount of milk, heavy cream, or even water, a tablespoon at a time, and mix until you reach the desired consistency. Be cautious not to add too much liquid, as it can make the frosting too runny.

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Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter frosting is a lusciously creamy and irresistibly nutty topping that adds a delightful twist to a variety of desserts.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar, approximately 8 cups
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Before starting, ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature, especially the butter. This facilitates smoother mixing.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the unsalted butter and peanut butter. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy, usually about 2-3 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the powdered sugar to the butter mixture. Ensure you add the sugar slowly to prevent it from clouding up and making a mess. Once all the sugar has been added, increase the mixer speed to medium and continue beating until the frosting is smooth.
  • Add the salt and vanilla extract to the mixture, and mix briefly to incorporate. Finally, while the mixer is running, add the heavy cream, starting with 2 tablespoons. Continue to mix until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. If the frosting is too thick, you can add more heavy cream, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Once the frosting is smooth and spreadable, it's ready to be used on cakes, cupcakes, or any other desserts. Use a spatula or piping bag for application.


  • Creamy peanut butter is recommended for this recipe as it provides a smoother consistency for the frosting. However, if you prefer a chunky texture, you can use chunky peanut butter.
  • The amount of heavy cream needed might vary based on the consistency you desire. Start with the minimum amount and add more as needed.
  • This frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Before using it again, allow it to come to room temperature and give it a good stir to restore its spreadable consistency.
  • For an extra touch, consider garnishing your frosted dessert with chopped roasted peanuts or chocolate shavings for added flavor and texture.


Serving: 1 of 12 servings, Calories: 568kcal, Carbohydrates: 80g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 130mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 76g, Vitamin A: 509IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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Peanut butter frosting is the ultimate indulgence that brings a perfect blend of sweetness and nutty richness to your favorite treats, making them simply irresistible.

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