Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce

peanut butter sauce
Diana Rattray
Ratings (12)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings (1 cup)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
196 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings (1 cup)
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 5g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This peanut butter sauce is super easy to make with just four ingredients and a short time on the stove. It is a fantastic warm topping when drizzled over ice cream, pound cake, cheesecake, or bread pudding. You can even serve it with pancakes or biscuits for a decadent twist on an everyday breakfast. By swirling this peanut butter sauce into store-bought or homemade vanilla ice cream, you can turn ordinary into extraordinary. And a little spread on a brownie will make any chocolate and peanut butter fan jump with joy.

The corn syrup in this recipe helps to create a smooth sauce, preventing the sugar to crystallize, and adds moisture and sweetness to the sauce as well. You can substitute dark corn syrup for the light; however, the more robust flavor of the dark corn syrup—versus the delicate sweetness of the light corn syrup—will affect the final taste of the sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring, until smooth and the ingredients are well incorporated - about 4 minutes.

  3. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is smooth. Do not overcook or the sauce will become too thick. Add a bit of water if it is too thick.

  4. Remove from the heat and cool slightly before serving.

  5. Serve over ice cream, pound cake, cheesecake, or your favorite dessert and enjoy.

Tips

  • The peanut butter sauce will last up to two weeks covered well in the refrigerator. Before serving, warm over low heat, adding a tablespoon or so of heavy whipping cream to thin if necessary.

Additional Dessert Sauce Recipes

Dessert sauces may not be the first thing you think of when you are serving a sweet to end the meal. But a warm sauce drizzled over a piece of cake (even store-bought) can become an impressive dessert, worthy of presenting at your next dinner party. 

  • Creamy butterscotch sauce is excellent spooned over bread pudding, ice cream, and even apple pie.
  • A chocolate sauce is always a crowd pleaser, and one that's made in just five minutes is even better for the cook. 
  • Maple vanilla sauce brings real maple syrup together with butter, vanilla, sugar, and cream to create a thick sauce to drizzle on almost any dessert.
  • And if you're looking for something on the refreshing side, try a lemon dessert sauce, delicious over a pound cake or slices of gingerbread cake.