This is the Best Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe you’re going to find. It’s sweet, creamy, peanut buttery PERFECTION made with peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream!
Best Peanut Butter Frosting
This is the Best Peanut Butter Frosting and the ultimate frosting for cakes, cookies, and more!
Happy Friday, friends! What’s everyone got going on this weekend? I’ll be in the kitchen, not like that’s anything new, though, that’s pretty much every weekend around these parts.
As a baker, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Sometimes I’m crying over my fifth failure that day or rejoicing in the amazingness that just came out of the oven. Every weekend is a baking battle, sometimes I win and sometimes I lose.
I love my cookies and I have so much fun with my cupcakes, but it’s my frosting that’s ON POINT! Sure, a good cake is important, but it’s the frosting that MAKES it.
I’ve learned that a killer frosting can save the day and that it can turn a boring box mix into something AWESOME! This is the best peanut butter frosting around, it’s so creamy and smooth with the perfect balance of sugar and peanut butter.
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What Ingredients are in the Best Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe:
Unsalted Butter – You want to use unsalted when it comes to most dessert recipes, but especially in this one since the peanut butter itself has a lot of saltiness and we don’t want this frosting to be overly salty.
It’s also very important that the butter is at room temperature, you should be able to press the back of a spoon easily into the butter.
Peanut Butter – You obviously can’t make peanut butter frosting without the peanut butter. You want to use a creamy peanut butter, I personally prefer Jif.
Please note that all natural peanut butter that separate may not be the best fit for this recipe as they don’t hold up quite as well in confections over time.
Powdered Sugar – You’ve got to lighten up the salty peanut butter with something sweet and powdered sugar is just the way to do it. Make sure your powdered sugar isn’t old and hard, you need it to be fine and fluffy, sift it first if you need to.
Vanilla Extract – Vanilla is such an essential ingredient in the kitchen and especially in frostings where it helps to add a great depth of richness to almost any recipe! Make sure to use a good quality vanilla or make your own at home.
Heavy Cream – While this is the best cream form to use, it’s my understanding that it can be hard to find in some parts of the country, in that case, whipping cream will do just fine.
What we’re really after is that thick, rich, creamy component that milk and water just don’t provide.
Using heavy or whipping cream allows for a night whip during the mixing process which yields a light and fluffy frosting everyone is sure to go crazy for!
You guys first saw this recipe on my Chocolate & Peanut Butter Surprise Cupcakes and then again on my Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mini Layer Cakes!
Sometimes I just eat it straight, because it’s peanut butter awesomeness! So if you need to frost a cake or fill some whoopie pies, this is the peanut butter frosting you want!
How Do You Make Peanut Butter Frosting?
1. Mixing – I find it best to make this frosting in a stand mixer with a whisk or paddle attachment, the high power can whip this recipe into the fluffy gloriousness that makes it so great. In a pinch, a hand mixer will do just fine!
2. Vanilla – I generally prefer to add my vanilla or extract to frostings in the beginning when I’m creaming the butter, this means it’s there throughout the entire mixing process and melds with all of the other ingredients.
3. Creaming – The butter and the peanut butter gets creamed together first to make sure that they are completely combined before adding any other ingredients.
4. Sugar – When it comes to any buttercream, you want to add the sugar in batches, this allows the sugar to mix more thoroughly and usually prevents it from flying all over the kitchen.
5. Liquid – It’s important to add liquid in small doses for a couple of reasons. One, it can splash everywhere if you add too much at once. Two, the liquid can impact the texture of a frosting really fast. I like to add my heavy cream to this recipe about a tablespoon at a time until I reach the desired consistency.
Does Peanut Butter Frosting Need To Be Refrigerated?
The small amount of heavy cream is stabilized by the large amount of sugar in the recipe and considered safe at room temperature for two to three days.
What Readers Are Saying About This Recipe:
“What else to make for someone who can’t decide between chocolate and peanut butter?? Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and peanut butter truffles!!! Frosting recipe from your blog. Awesome recipe 👍” – @minnu.neeriankal
“My search is over. I’ve been looking for a good peanut butter frosting recipe but I’ve always found that peanut butter seems to make any frosting gritty and not so smooth and creamy. This one is superb! It was light and creamy! Must be the cream because that’s the only difference from all the others I’ve tried in the past. Thanks for a fabulous recipe!” Rose P.
“Yummy frosting! Made dark chocolate cupcakes with the PB frosting, and an oreo topping. My mom was very excited about her birthday cupcakes. Lol ☺☺ All her faves in one.” – Yesenia
“I made this for my Mums 70th Birthday and she LOVED IT! Said it was as creamy as peanut butter fudge! Bravo!” – Jill H.
“This is seriously one of the best frostings I’ve ever tasted. LOVE!!!!” – FFF
“First time making brownies and I wanted to add peanut butter. OMG, the frosting is absolute heaven! I had to hold back from eating the bowl while the brownies cooled down! LOL!” – Karen
I hope you try this recipe and I hope you love it as much as everyone else does! It’s absolutely amazing!
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This post was originally published on March 25, 2015. The post was republished September 23, 2017. Updated September 5, 2018, with new photos.
Best Peanut Butter Frosting
- Cream Butter using a paddle attachment. Add vanilla and peanut butter and beat until well mixed. Add confectioners' sugar a cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream. Whip on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy.
- Add additional cream or confectioners sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.
- Frosting can be made with a hand mixer but will not be as whipped.