Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the best Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting! Smooth, creamy, and with the perfect amount of peanut butter, you’ll flip for this easy frosting recipe.

4 chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter cream cheese frosting on a white board.

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No longer do you have to choose between cream cheese frosting and peanut butter buttercream.

My friends, I have created the best of BOTH worlds into this light, fluffy, and perfect cream cheese peanut butter frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting Ingredients & Variations

I really encourage you to use powdered peanut butter in this recipe, but you can substitute with your favorite smooth or creamy brand.

If you want to use regular peanut butter instead of powdered, reduce the butter by half. Start with 1/2 cup of peanut butter in step 1 in the recipe card below. Adjust to taste, up to about 1 cup total of peanut butter.

What is PB2?

PB2 is powdered peanut butter that people add to smoothies, and desserts (like this Peanut Butter No Churn Ice Cream), and mix with water to make spreadable peanut butter. You can buy it on Amazon, but I have found it much cheaper at my local grocery store.

Many traditional peanut butter frosting recipes seem heavy. That is because the natural oil in the peanut butter weighs everything down. Given that this is powdered peanut butter, the frosting it produces is light, fluffy, and full of flavor. It is sweet, but not too sweet.

cupcakes with peanut butter icing on a white board.

HOW LONG DOES Peanut Butter Frosting LAST?

This frosting will keep for a week in the fridge. Keep it in an air-tight container, and let it sit out for 30 minutes before spreading it on desserts.

If you’d like it extra fluffy for spreading after storing it in the fridge, you can whip it again in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You’ll see in the recipe card that I encourage you to taste as you go while making this. Trust your instinct and your taste buds and you’re going to be a frosting boss.
  • Store frosting in the fridge if it is going to be out for more than three hours.
  • I love using my stand mixer to make frosting, but if you’re using a handheld mixer, use a deep bowl to avoid everything splattering while you’re whipping the ingredients.

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Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time10 mins

Total Time10 mins

This is the best peanut butter cream cheese frosting! Smooth, creamy, and with the perfect amount of peanut butter, you’ll flip for this easy frosting recipe.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine softened cream cheese and butter on medium, increasing to high speed. Beat until fluffy. 

    16 oz cream cheese, 1 cup butter

  • Reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla.

    1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • With the mixer still on low, slowly add the powdered sugar, pausing occasionally to scrape down the sides. Taste as you go!

    2 cups powdered sugar

  • Slowly add the PB2, tasting as you go. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat until it is light and fluffy.

    10-16 oz PB2

  1. If you want to use regular peanut butter instead of powdered, reduce the butter by half. Start with 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter in step 1 above. Adjust to taste, up to about 1 cup total of peanut butter.
  2. Always taste as you go with this recipe. Everyone feels differently about their frosting preferences, so by adding things slowly, you get to make it exactly as you want it.
  3. Store frosting in the fridge if it is going to be out for more than three hours.

Nutrition Facts

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)

Calories 151

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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