This peanut butter frosting recipe is light, creamy, and it has just the right amount of sweetness. This recipe is the perfect frosting for brownies and chocolate cake!
I love the peanut butter and chocolate combination, especially when it comes to brownies or deep, rich chocolate cake. Unfortunately, a lot of recipes that I’ve tried for peanut butter frosting were just way too heavy and overly sweet.
Consequently, I decided to come up with my own recipe by using my favorite cream cheese frosting as a guide. I took out a lot of the heaviness from traditional buttercream recipes by using a little heavy whipping cream rather than all butter. As a result, this peanut butter frosting ended up being light, fluffy, and ah-amazingly delicious!
Peanut Butter Frosting for Brownies
My brother Jeff has an obsession with peanut butter. He puts it in his protein shakes, on his ice cream, puts a scoop of it on his cookies, and who knows what else he adds it to! In addition to loving peanut butter, he also loves brownies. Because of his two loves, I knew I needed to make a Peanut butter frosting for brownies to feed his obsession.
This peanut butter buttercream is light, fluffy, and oh so delicious. Add the peanut butter frosting to my Triple Chocolate One Bowl Brownies and you will not be sorry! I now understand his love of peanut butter and brownies after combining these two recipes and am now a little obsessed myself.
Peanut Butter Buttercream Questions Answered:
How to make peanut butter frosting?
- To make peanut butter frosting, first, cream your butter and peanut butter together in a mixer for a couple of minutes. Add your powdered sugar and then mix again.
- Next, add in the heavy cream and mix on medium until it is combined. Once it is combined turn the mixer to high and beat it until it is fluffy and light.
- Finally, try your hardest to not lick the bowl clean. I am never very successful at this!
Does peanut butter frosting need to be refrigerated?
Because of the whipping cream used in the Peanut Butter frosting recipe, you will want to refrigerate it. Leftover frosting can be eaten with a spoon kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze homemade peanut butter frosting?
You can freeze this frosting for up to 1 month. Just leave the frosting at room temperature until softened. Then give it a whirl in the mixer to fluff it back up.
Cook’s Note – Peanut Butter Frosting:
- This will recipe make enough peanut butter buttercream for an 8-inch layer cake or 24 cupcakes.
- Leftover frosting can be
eaten with a spoonkept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Or you can freeze it for up to 1 month. Just leave the frosting at room temperature until softened. Then give it a whirl in the mixer to fluff it back up.
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- stand mixer OR hand mixer
- rubber scraper OR self-scraping paddle attachment(this just might be my favorite kitchen gadget ever!)
- piping bag
- my favorite large icing tips
More Frosting Love
I believe the frosting is literally the frosting on the cake! It is just as important, (if not more!) than the cake, brownies, or cupcakes. The flavor of frosting you go with can change the entire taste of the dessert.
If you are looking for something light and fresh tasting, try this Fresh Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. If you want a rich tasting frosting then go with this Homemade Chocolate Frosting paired with my Triple Chocolate One Bowl Brownies. Oh, my chocolate! Can’t decide between chocolate or vanilla frosting? This Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Frosting has you covered. The possibilities are endless of what to pair these delicious frostings with.
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Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, and peanut butter together on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, or until light, creamy, and lightened a few shades.
- Scrape down sides of the bowl, add the powdered sugar, and mix until combined.
- Add heavy cream and beat on medium-low until combined and smooth. Turn mixer to high and beat for 4 minutes, or until frosting is light and fluffy.
Peanut Butter Recipe Love:
- Deep Dish Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie
- Loaded Peanut Butter Ice Cream – No Machine Needed!
- Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies
- Epic Buckeye Brownie Cheesecake Cake
- Butterfinger Scotcheroos
- Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
- Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
This post first appeared on Food Folks and Fun on September 19, 2016. I have since updated the pictures and answered some frequently asked questions.