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If you’re a fan of homemade frosting, this peanut butter frosting needs to be at the top of your list! It’s smooth, it’s creamy, and it just might be the best PB icing recipe ever.
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Easy Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe
I’m a huge frosting fan. So much so that I could literally sometimes skip on the dessert and just eat the frosting on top. Every time I make this frosting recipe, everyone always is scraping up every last bite!
Peanut butter icing is unlike any frosting flavor you’ve ever had. When I say that this is the best peanut butter icing recipe, I’m 100% serious! It’s smooth enough to go on any dessert in a quick and easy motion, or you can literally skip that whole process and gobble this peanut butter buttercream up with a spoon. Seriously – no judgment at all – I’ve been there!
Many people actually ask me what I think this whipped peanut butter frosting tastes best with, and anything chocolate is always a win. You can make a whoopie pie cookie or top your favorite chocolate cake it!
The versatility of this easy peanut butter icing gives you plenty of delicious options!
Why you’ll love this recipe!
- Once you learn how to make this frosting, you’ll be using it to top all your homemade treats and sweets!
- All you need are six simple ingredients for this recipe for peanut butter frosting.
- The rich and creamy texture is perfection!
Ingredients in Peanut Butter Icing
- Creamy peanut butter – creamy works best so that you keep a creamy and smooth texture.
- Unsalted butter – softened at room temperature.
- Powdered sugar – adds sweetness without making a gritty texture.
- Salt – just a pinch!
- Vanilla extract – pure vanilla extract works best!
- Heavy whipping cream – adds thickness to the frosting and richness.
How to make Peanut Butter Frosting
- Beat: Beat peanut butter and butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until creamy (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment).
- Mix: Mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, slowly, until the mixture is crumbly. Add salt and vanilla and mix, then add 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
- Get the perfect texture: Beat frosting until smooth, adding more heavy whipping cream until you reach the desired consistency (I always add 6 tablespoons).
- Pipe: Pipe or frost as desired.
Storing and Freezing Instructions
Once you make this simple frosting recipe, store it in a container and keep it in the fridge. For best results, use it within 2 days. You can freeze peanut butter frosting for up to 6 months.
If you didn’t mix the frosting all the way, you might notice a grainy texture. Add some extra whipping cream if needed and mix until it’s not grainy any longer.
You also will want to use a stand mixer when making this frosting. This really helps with getting it mixed all the way and can totally help with making a smooth and creamy texture.
The biggest reason that the frosting separates is that people use natural peanut butter. For frosting, you can’t use natural peanut butter.
The easiest way to thicken frosting is to add more powdered sugar. You can also add more peanut butter to help with the texture as well.
Frosting is actually very forgiving. Take a bite and see what you think can make it taste better. Add more sugar, change up the type of peanut butter, or even melt and mix in some chocolate chips. There are always ways to enhance flavors!
Ways to use this easy frosting recipe :
- Chocolate Cake with peanut butter frosting
- Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies
- Peanut Butter Oreos
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies
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Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1 cup (268g) creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter softened
- 4 cups (452g) powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons (90ml) heavy whipping cream
- Beat peanut butter and butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until creamy (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment).
- Mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, slowly, until mixture is crumbly. Add salt and vanilla and mix, then add 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
- Beat frosting until smooth, adding more heavy whipping cream until you reach the desired consistency (I always add 6 tablespoons).
- Pipe or frost as desired.
Last Updated on August 15, 2022