Last Updated on February 3, 2023
If you are a peanut butter lover, you will absolutely love this amazing peanut butter cream cheese frosting. Creamy, rich, and full of flavor, it is the perfect addition to your favorite baked goods. This recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, as your friends and family are sure to love it.
This simple recipe requires no prior baking experience, making it a great choice no matter your experience. It pairs well with so many different cakes, including chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and marble. In addition, it also goes tremendously with brownies and cookies.
What You Will Need For Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
- Large bowl
- Electric mixer
- Rubber spatula
Step One: Beat Cream Cheese, Butter, and Peanut Butter
Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter. Beat the mixture at medium speed until the ingredients become smooth and creamy.
Step Two: Add the Confectioners' Sugar
Slowly add in the confectioners' sugar on low speed using the mixer. Beat the frosting until fully, combined. The mixture will be thick, but also smooth and creamy. Use a rubber spatula to regularly scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it is fully mixed.
Step Three: Decorate Your Baked Goods
Use a piping bag or serrated knife to decorate your baked goods. Refrigerate any leftover frosting.
Peanut Butter Frosting Without Powdered Sugar
While most frostings call for powdered sugar, you can make a delicious frosting without it. This recipe makes a light peanut butter frosting that is not quite as sweet but is still full of great peanut butter flavor. It has a light, fluffy texture that is great for cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and even donuts.
- 1 cup cream cheese
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Rubber spatula
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Combine Cream Cheese, Honey, and Peanut Butter
In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, honey, and peanut butter. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Step Two: Add the Whipped Topping
Add the whipped topping to the frosting mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold the whipped topping into the frosting. Be careful not to overmix as you do not want to deflate the whipped topping which gives the frosting a nice fluffy texture.
Servings and Preparation Time
For both peanut butter cream cheese frosting recipes:
Tips and Tricks
Store this frosting in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Decorated baked goods with peanut butter cream cheese frosting should only be kept at room temperature for two hours. After that, they should be placed in the fridge for up to five days.
When serving, avoid keeping this frosting in direct sunlight and heat. It will begin to melt if exposed to hot temperatures. Store it somewhere cool and in shade for the best results.
Be sure to use room-temperature butter and cream cheese. Your cream cheese must be at room temperature, as it can curdle if it is too cold. Be certain to use only the block kind of cream cheese, not any cream cheese that comes from containers.
If desired, you may freeze baked goods with this frosting. Place the frosted desserts in the fridge for one hour uncovered. Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and then in a layer of aluminum foil or place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
What is the Best Peanut Butter for Frosting?
When making peanut butter cream cheese frosting, the best type of peanut butter to use is creamy peanut butter. This will give your frosting the best texture and flavor.
It is not recommended to use crunchy peanut butter when making frosting as it can get stuck in your piping bag and won't be as smooth. However, if you like the texture of crunchy peanut butter, you can use it to make the frosting, just use an offset spatula to frost your cake or a large enough piping tip.
Avoid using natural peanut butter for your frosting. They do not have the right consistency and will cause your frosting to separate and curdle.
How to Make Professional Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
To make professional quality cream cheese frosting, be sure to use the blocks of cream cheese and not tubs. Tubs of cream cheese have too high of a liquid content so the consistency will not be correct.
Allow your cream cheese and butter to sit at room temperature for around an hour so that they come to room temperature. They should be cool to the touch and soft enough that you can make a slight indent when pressing down.
For the smoothest cream cheese buttercream frosting possible, sift your powdered sugar before adding it to your frosting. You may have to mix your frosting for several minutes with your stand mixer to achieve the smooth consistency that you desire.
If your cream cheese frosting seems too thick, you can add a small amount of heavy whipping cream or milk to help thin it out. If it is too thick, you can add more powdered sugar until it reaches your desired consistency.
When piping your peanut butter cream cheese frosting, it is best to let it sit at room temperature for around 30 minutes. This will make it easier to work with so you can pipe beautiful decorations without struggling to get the frosting out of the bag. If the frosting becomes too soft, place it back in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes before continuing to use it.
When ready to serve, allow frosted baked goods to thaw in the fridge overnight. You can also allow them to sit at room temperature on the counter for two hours as thaw as well.
For peanut butter, it is best to use the creamy kind. Avoid using all-natural peanut butter, as the flavor will not be as good in the frosting. If desired, you can use crunchy peanut butter if you want some texture in your frosting.
This frosting goes great with vanilla, chocolate, marble, and peanut butter cake. You can even use it to make peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, which are a true delight. This recipe also works as a peanut butter cream cheese filling, which tastes amazing with brownies, sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, and chocolate chip cookies.
Before serving, you can top this frosting with chopped peanuts for a bit of a crunch. If you are a fan of Reese's you can also sprinkle some crumbled ones on top. This frosting also tastes great with chocolate or caramel syrup drizzled on top.
Amazing Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- Beat Cream Cheese, Butter, and Peanut Butter - Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter. Beat the mixture at medium speed until the ingredients become smooth and creamy.
- Add the Confectioners' Sugar - Slowly add in the confectioners' sugar on low speed using the mixer. Beat the frosting until fully, combined. The mixture will be thick, but also smooth and creamy. Use a rubber spatula to regularly scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure it is fully mixed.
- Decorate Your Baked Goods - Use a piping bag or serrated knife to decorate your baked goods. Refrigerate any leftover frosting.
Delicious Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Frosting
If you are wanting to try a new and fun frosting recipe, this is just the one for you. The combination of peanut butter with creamy cream cheese makes for an irresistible treat. You will also love how simple this recipe is to make, as it requires no prior baking experience.
No matter the occasion, this frosting is sure to be a hit. It will be a favorite among many, as it pairs well with so many different desserts and your friends and family are sure to be a fan.
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