Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping


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With just 3 ingredients and about 2 minutes of effort, you can make this salty, sweet, completely irresistible peanut butter ice cream topping. I’m willing to bet that you’ll find yourself pouring it over everything.

peanut butter ice cream topping

Peanut Butter Sauce for Ice Cream

Chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, hot fudge, and berry sauces get a lot of attention when it comes to ice cream toppings. For good reason, they’re pretty awesome, right?

I’m here to tell you that there’s a new hit in that line-up. This nut-filled peanut butter sauce is the salty-sweet ice cream pairing that you didn’t realize was missing in your life.

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While you can certainly sweeten your peanut butter ice cream topping with powdered sugar, honey, or the sweetener of your choice, I prefer to keep it richly peanut butter flavored as a balance to the sweet ice cream.

Hand me a spoonful of peanut butter on its own and I’m a happy camper, but when you combine that peanut butter with the creaminess and sweetness of ice cream, it becomes a flavor explosion in your mouth.

The nuttiness of the peanut butter adds a savory element to the dessert, balancing out the sweetness of the ice cream and creating a more complex flavor profile.

Peanut Butter Magic Shell

This is the easiest dessert topping you may ever make. Have you made chocolate magic shell before? Thanks to the magic of coconut oil and the way it firms up when it gets cold, making homemade magic shell is so very easy.

To make the peanut butter topping, you’ll melt peanut butter and coconut oil together. Stir well and add a splash of vanilla extract, if you’d like.

Now you’re ready to pour peanut butter sauce over anything and everything you’d like. When poured over ice cream, it will firm and harden into a crisp shell that will crack when hit with a spoon.

The shell melts smoothly when you bite into it, creating an unforgettable treat for any peanut butter lover.

Peanut Butter Magic Shell poured over ice cream

The first time I made this sauce, we poured it over a batch of Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream. Chocolate and peanut butter is a guaranteed win every time. Even better on Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.

Want to take that combination right over the top? Chocolate peanut butter ice cream with chocolate and peanut butter chunks mixed throughout each bite is already a dream come true. Top that with this peanut butter sauce and you’re going to be in heaven.

I made a batch of Monster Cookie ice cream last week and couldn’t resist pouring peanut butter topping over our bowls. The combination was so very perfect. I can hardly wait to share that ice cream recipe with you – we’ve made it three times already!

chocolate ice cream with peanut butter sauce

Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe

You will need just three ingredients to make this ice cream topping:

  • crunchy or creamy peanut butter
  • coconut oil
  • vanilla extract, optional

A note about coconut oil: When using coconut oil for recipes like this one, I prefer refined coconut oil that is free of coconut fragrance. (FYI – this is the “cheap” coconut oil, nothing fancy at all.)

You can certainly make this with unrefined coconut oil, it simply might have a hint of coconut fragrance to it.

ice cream covered in peanut butter sauce

Not just for ice cream, this peanut butter dessert sauce is nothing short of amazing with so many desserts. Pour it over cakes or use it as a dip for cookies and apples.

Skip the icing and drizzle peanut butter sauce on this banana bundt cake. Swap the plain peanut butter for peanut butter sauce to make Crunchy Apple Nachos.

Hershey’s Chocolate Cake is truly the most versatile and easiest perfect one-bowl chocolate cake recipe I have ever made. It is flat-out amazing with this peanut butter sauce. Just drizzle the warm sauce on each slice before serving.

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Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping

With just 3 ingredients and about 2 minutes of effort, you can make this salty, sweet, completely irresistible peanut butter ice cream topping.
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • cup crunchy peanut butter
  • cup coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional


  • Combine the peanut butter and coconut oil in a small glass bowl or glass measuring cup. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir until combined. Add vanilla, if desired.
  • Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature before pouring it over ice cream. (It can be poured while warm, but it will be much thinner and won't create the same magic shell effect.) Store at room temperature and reheat for just a few seconds when needed, if it firms up too much to pour.


This peanut butter ice cream topping can also be made with creamy peanut butter. If you choose to use creamy peanut butter, reduce the amount of coconut oil by 1 tablespoon.
For ZERO coconut flavor, use a refined coconut oil. If you don’t mind, or prefer a hint of coconut flavor, use an unrefined coconut oil.


Calories: 76kcal · Carbohydrates: 0.1g · Fat: 9g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Sodium: 0.02mg · Potassium: 0.4mg · Sugar: 0.03g · Calcium: 0.1mg · Iron: 0.01mg
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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi, June! I’ve never tried using peanut butter chips to make no bake cookies before, but it’s worth a try. If you decide to try making the cookies, let me know how they turn out!