Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce

Peanut butter sauce recipe

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
196 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
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 dessert 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 by preventing the sugar from crystallizing, while it helps add 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.


  • 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.

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

    Combine all ingredients in a saucepan
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  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.

    The smooth sauce pours off of a spoon
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  4. Remove from the heat and cool slightly before serving.

    Peanut butter sauce cooling in a Mason jar
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  5. Serve over ice cream, pound cake, cheesecake, or your favorite dessert, and enjoy.


  • The peanut butter sauce will last for 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.