Peanut Butter Sauce Topping Recipe for Ice Cream

When I am craving ice cream, I love pouring homemade peanut butter sauce on top.  This peanut butter sauce recipe for ice cream brings back memories of my childhood. When I was a kid living in Connecticut, my all-time favorite restaurant to eat at was Friendly’s diner. Yup, I had fancy tastes back then. And Friendly’s peanut butter sauce was my favorite thing EVER!

After my standard dinner of grilled cheese and french fries, I always got an ice cream sundae with peanut butter sauce topping. It was an absolutely perfect ending to my meal and even now when I go back home I love to stop at Friendly’s and get peanut butter topping drizzled over several scoops of vanilla ice cream.

So, I got to thinking, why do I have to wait until I get within driving distance of Friendly’s before enjoying my favorite sundae? This peanut butter sauce recipe for ice cream is easy to make and absolutely delicious! While it isn’t the exact Friendly’s peanut butter sauce recipe you’ll get at the diner, it still hits the spot!

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Not Quite Friendly’s Peanut Butter Sauce… But CLOSE!

I decided to do a little research on how to make dessert peanut butter sauce at home. The recipe that I came up with doesn’t taste exactly like the one at Friendly’s but it was certainly delicious and easy to make.

If you are looking for a homemade peanut butter topping to put on your next ice cream sundae, you should definitely try this one.  Here are the topping ingredients you will need to get started:

  • Light corn syrup: Not something I use a lot of but it keeps this sauce smooth and pourable.
  • Heavy whipping cream: Don’t skimp here!  Go for the good stuff!
  • Butter: Adds a rich smoothness to this peanut butter sauce.
  • Peanut butter: Use crunchy peanut butter if you like a little texture.
  • Vanilla: I am a huge fan of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. It really does make a difference in flavor.

More Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes

If you like this Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe for Ice Cream, try these peanut butter desserts as well:

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Peanut Butter Sauce Topping Recipe

This peanut butter sauce dessert takes your simple bowl of ice cream to a whole other level.  Creamy peanut butter and rich cream make this a rich, smooth, ice cream topping recipe perfect for your next ice cream sundae. 

Yield: 2 cups

Peanut Butter Sauce Topping

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This homemade peanut butter sauce topping for ice cream is rich and delicious. Pour over your favorite ice cream and enjoy a sundae at home.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan combine the corn syrup, heavy whipping cream, and butter.
  2. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the solution is well blended
  3. Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla.
  4. Stir gently until the peanut butter is melted
  5. With a wire whisk, beat briskly until smooth and shiny (about 2 to 3 minutes)
  6. Let cool slightly before pouring over ice cream

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 8g

Nutrition Information Not Always Accurate

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9 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Sauce Topping Recipe for Ice Cream”

  1. This sounds delicious–thanks for sharing the recipe. I can’t make it today because I don’t have any cream in the fridge, but I’m sure the whole family will love this peanut butter sauce topping.

    • Im not sure how well it would hold up to baking…might get a bit gooey. have you considered putting a small peanutbutter cup inside them?


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