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Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

This is a super easy peanut butter frosting recipe to make! It’s light, creamy, and perfectly fluffy. Great for piping and for spreading on cakes or cupcakes. Try it with your favorite chocolate brownies, cakes, or cupcakes!

Whipped Peanut Butter Frosting on a wire whisk

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I originally started making this peanut butter frosting recipe to go with my favorite Gluten Free Chocolate Cake to make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cake for my husband’s birthday. That cake is always unbelievably good but I always feel too guilty to cut into someone’s birthday cake for the sake of taking pictures.

Or maybe that’s just secretly my way of saying, I’ll just have to make it again sometime 😉

This particular batch of peanut butter frosting was paired with my Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies to make some epic Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies. I’m posting that recipe next week – stay tuned or sign up for email updates so you don’t miss it!

Butter and Peanut Butter in a clear bowl to make peanut butter frosting

This peanut butter frosting would also be great on top of some gluten free chocolate cupcakes, spread on top of chocolate sugar cookies, on top of gluten free baked chocolate donuts, or sandwiched between chocolate cookies. Seriously guys, the options are endless!

If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter lover like my husband, this is a must try recipe because the smooth, creamy peanut butter frosting is so good, you might just want to eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon. Pure peanut butter bliss.

So tell me, what will you be enjoying this peanut butter frosting with?!

Enjoy!

More Frosting Recipes to Try:

Homemade Chocolate Frosting
Nutella Buttercream Frosting
White Chocolate Ganache Whipped Cream

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Easy Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Easy Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This is a super easy peanut butter frosting recipe to make! It's light, creamy, and perfectly fluffy. Great for piping and for spreading on cakes or cupcakes. Try it with your favorite chocolate brownies, cakes, or cupcakes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (no-stir)
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

1. Add the butter and peanut butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until combined. Some little lumps of butter are ok.

2. Add 2 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until mostly combined.

3. Add the remaining sugar and the vanilla extract. Add half of the whipping cream.

4. Beat on low speed until the sugar is incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and add the remaining whipping cream.

5. Beat on low to incorporate the cream then slowly increase the speed to medium-high. Beat for 2 minutes. The frosting will be light and fluffy.

Notes

  • This can be made up to 2 days before using, keep refrigerated in an airtight container. Then bring to room temperature and beat to fluff it up before using.
  • Freeze up to 3 months in an air-tight container or freezer bag. 

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Jennifer Hollingsworth

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Made the gluten free chocolate cupcakes from this site along with this peanut butter buttercream frosting for my sons Birthday and not one person (out of 20) believed me when I said they were gluten free until they watched me eat two of them myself. The cupcakes were light and moist and this frosting is so absolutely to die for that the bowl was licked clean and the leftovers were gone for breakfast (we sliced green apples and dipped them in it!). Already thinking of things to put it on so I have an excuse to make more, Thanks Shay!!!

Shay

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

You're welcome Jennifer! It makes me so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this peanut butter frosting recipe with my chocolate cupcakes!

Jane

Sunday 18th of November 2018

I made this for my husband and it was so delicious. I followed the recipe but mine wasn’t quite thick enough. Any suggestions?

Sharon

Monday 19th of November 2018

You can add a bit more sugar to thicken it up or next time only add a little cream at a time until it reaches the thickness you want. Did you happen to use natural peanut butter instead of a no-stir peanut butter?

Ushmana Palmo Rai

Monday 23rd of July 2018

This looks so good! I bet it's smooth and fluffy at the same time, will try it soon! thanks for the post

Lindsey

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Now that we have passed the peanut challenge, peanut butter frosting is a possibility for us!

Alisa Fleming

Friday 13th of July 2018

I LOVE peanut butter frosting and this version looks so fluffy!! I often add coconut cream to frosting for a lighter finish - and need to try it with PB!!

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