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Peanut Butter Frosting: the creamiest recipe you’ll ever try

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist
Powdered sugar
1 cup
creamy sweetened peanut butter
1 cup (8 ounces)
unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 stick
heavy cream, at room temperature
1/2 cup
pure vanilla extract
1 ½ tsp
Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp

This peanut butter frosting is the creamiest recipe you’ll ever find. Not only that, but it shines with true peanut butter flavor. It’s the perfect match to homemade cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies–you name it! Whip up a batch of creamy peanut butter frosting with six simple ingredients (including salt) and you’ll be set for all of your decorating needs.


Tips to Make the Creamiest Peanut Butter Frosting at Home

– Be sure that your butter, peanut butter and heavy cream are all at room temperature before you start, otherwise the frosting may separate.

– It’s best to do this in an electric mixer or with a hand-held mixer. By hand with a whisk, you may not get the same texture, and it will take a fair bit of work.


Can You Color Peanut Butter Frosting?

Because peanut butter has a natural golden-brown color, we don’t recommend adding food coloring. It will only turn your frosting an odd shade of darker brown, rather than the green, blue or purple you’re looking for.


Why is My Peanut Butter Frosting Oily?

If you’ve made a fresh batch of homemade peanut butter frosting, only to find that the texture is oily and separated, the problem is probably your peanut butter. You can follow the recipe exactly right and still not get the creamy result you’re expecting if you use the wrong kind of peanut butter. The only products that will work for this recipe are store-bought sweetened peanut butters like Jif or Skippy. Natural, homemade or oily peanut butter brands will cause your frosting to separate.


How to make creamy peanut butter frosting

This is really a one step-, one-bowl recipe. You’ll simply put all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat them with an electric mixer until you reach your desired consistency. You can add more cream or more confectioner’s sugar depending on the texture you like.



Place the butter in a mixing bowl and whip with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, cream, vanilla extract and salt.


Mix on low speed until everything is combined.


Increase the speed to high and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.


Decorate cupcakes or other kind of desserts and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

– If your frosting is too thick, you can add more cream.

– If your frosting is too runny or soft, add more powdered sugar. Just be sure to beat well after any additions.

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