Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce

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This easy Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce is perfect for drizzling over ice cream, cheesecake, waffles, and more. It comes together quickly and tastes decadent and delicious!

Creamy peanut butter sauce spooned out of a glass jar.

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this simple peanut butter topping. It requires only 4 ingredients and just a few minutes of your time.

It’s a wonderful topping when warm to pour over ice cream – just like our chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and butterscotch sauce. And this sauce takes only 5 minutes to make!

The great thing about this recipe is you can easily double or triple it! Make a bunch and keep it on hand to use as a topping for pound cake, waffles, pancakes, cheesecake, bread pudding, and so much more.


What You Need

There are 4 ingredients in today’s peanut butter sauce recipe and you most likely have them on hand.

Ingredients for peanut butter dessert sauce in glass bowls.

Ingredients

  • Creamy peanut butter: The star and main ingredient! Look for brands like Jif or Skippy and avoid anything natural.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Adds a rich sweetness that allows the sauce to pair beautifully with your desserts.
  • Whole milk: Needed to thin out the sauce. You can use water but we prefer the richness of whole milk instead of water.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds a little extra flavor. Use pure vanilla and not the imitation stuff.

How to Make Peanut Butter Sauce For Dessert

You will need a small saucepan to make this luscious dessert sauce. It’s heated on the stovetop and takes about 5 minutes to make.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

  1. Add the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk to a saucepan and warm over low heat. Keep stirring until smooth and well combined. The mixture may begin to thicken as it warms, this is okay.
  2. Add the milk and stir until fully incorporated and the sauce is thin and pourable.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Use while warm by drizzling it over your favorite dessert.
Peanut butter sauce in a saucepan with whisk.

How To Thin Peanut Butter Sauce?

Once the sauce cools, it will thicken up and may not be pourable. You can thin the sauce by warming it in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Or by adding 1-2 teaspoons of whole milk as needed.

If you don’t have milk, you can thin it with a little water.

Peanut butter dessert sauce over ice cream.

Storage & Make Ahead Tips

Peanut butter sauce keeps well for up to 2 weeks stored in the refrigerator. Be sure it’s in a tight sealing jar.

When ready to use, rewarm it in the microwave and add milk to thin it if needed.

Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce

5 from 1 vote
This easy Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce is perfect for drizzling over ice cream, cheesecake, waffles, and more. It comes together quickly and tastes decadent and delicious!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 10

Ingredients

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Add the creamy peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk to a saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring until thick but smooth.
  • Add the milk and whisk until fully incorporated. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  • Serve over ice cream, pound cake, cheesecake, or your favorite dessert, and enjoy.

Notes

  • Peanut butter: Use store-bought peanut butter, not natural. Our recommended brands are Skippy or Jif.
  • The sauce thickens when cooled. To make it runny again, microwave for 20-30 seconds, then mix well. Add 1-2 teaspoons of milk if needed.
Storage: Store in an airtight container or jar with a tight sealing lid in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 1 ¼ cups.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 0.3mg

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients and brands you used in the recipe.

CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
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