These Reeses Peanut Butter Sauce stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies are out of this world! So simple to make, they are sure to be the hit of any holiday party; at least that’s what I was told after my first batch! Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce? Yes, you read that right.
This amazing 1 bowl Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe is all you need to make a ridiculous peanut butter dessert which I’m sure will be a hit at any party, potluck or just having friends over. This article details everything you ever wanted to know about the health benefits of peanut butter.
Reeses Peanut Butter Sauce
If you can’t resist best friends Mr. Peanut Butter and Ms. Chocolate, this re-creation of the Friendly’s Ice Cream Shoppe classic is gonna rock your world. With gooey hot fudge, warm peanut butter, and chopped peanut butter cups, you might just want to forgo the ice cream all together.
- Active:20 mins
- Total:30 mins
- Serves:4 to 6 servings
For the Peanut Butter Sauce:
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup (about 1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
For the Hot Fudge Sauce:
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 12 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- 3 pints chocolate ice cream
- Whipped cream for garnish (optional)
- Make Peanut Butter Sauce: In medium heavy duty saucepan, stir cream, sugar, butter, and salt over medium heat to dissolve. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to boil. Boil one minute. Remove from heat and let cool until just warm. Stir in vanilla and peanut butter until smooth.
- Make Hot Fudge: In medium saucepan, stir chocolate, corn syrup, water, sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and salt together over medium low heat until combined and melted. Increase heat to medium and bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla off-heat. Allow to cool slightly.
- Assemble sundaes: Set 4 to 6 whole peanut butter cups aside; chop remaining. Layer 4 to 6 tall sundae glasses with ice cream, sauces, and chopped peanut butter cups. Top with whipped cream (if using) and a peanut butter cup.
Peanut Butter Dessert Sauce
- Prep:5 mins
- Cook:5 mins
- Total:10 mins
- Servings:6 servings
- Yield:1 1/4 cups
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
(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.
“Peanut butter lovers will go crazy for this sauce. I used natural creamy peanut butter, and the texture of the sauce was a bit less cohesive looking than if I had used a no-stir variety. Still, the natural peanut butter worked well even if the sauce didn’t look as pretty, and it tasted great.
- 1/2 cup smooth no-stir peanut butter
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- Ice cream, pound cake, cheesecake, or favorite dessert, for serving
Steps to Make It
- Gather the ingredients.
- Combine peanut butter, whipping cream, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring, until smooth and the ingredients are well incorporated—about 4 minutes.
- 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.
- Remove from the heat and cool slightly before serving.
- 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.
Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe
Sometimes, you just need a good sauce recipe that you can use with a variety of things. This spicy peanut sauce packs a punch of heat, and its thick consistency pairs well with pretty much any main course you could imagine. This is the perfect option, whether you are looking for an Asian sauce to dip your grilled chicken or tofu into, or you need to spice up some plain noodles or rice. Trust us — this takes your meal from just okay to an amazing level. It takes just a little time to whip up the dip, and it’s filled with a symphony of flavors, bringing a total “yum” factor to your dish.
Recipe developer Miriam Hahn of YouCare-SelfCare is known for coming up with fresh and flavorful recipes, and this one is no exception. “I love sauces! I think you can take something really basic and jazz it up with a great sauce,” Hahn raves. “This one is creamy and spicy and full of peanut butter flavor. Absolutely delicious.” Keep reading to find out how to make this wonderful sauce.
Gather the ingredients for spicy peanut sauce
As with any other recipe, it’s time to head out to the store and grab everything needed for this dip. Start with avocado oil, and then add a clove of garlic to your cart. While you’re at it, get some ginger as well. You will also need some water, but don’t worry since you already have that at home.
In addition, grab some peanut butter and lemon. Next, swing by the sauce aisle, and get chili sauce, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. There are a few optional ingredients as well, including red pepper flakes and peanuts.
Heat the garlic and ginger
Once you return from the store, put all of the ingredients out in front of you to make things really easy. Then, grab a small pot, and toss in your garlic and ginger. Remember that you should have minced these both ahead of time.
Put the pot over heat, and crank up the flame to medium-high. Sauté the garlic and the ginger for about two minutes, and be sure to stir the mix constantly to avoid burning it.
Add the other ingredients
Once the two minutes are up, it’s time to add the wet ingredients, which give the sauce a nice texture. Start with ½ cup of water, and then add in the peanut butter. Next, take the juice from your lemon and pour it in. Then, you can add in the chili sauce, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce. “Consistency in step two is thick and creamy,” Hahn shares. “If you are using this for a dressing on a salad, you can thin it out with more water.” Stir everything together until the mixture turns smooth.
Simmer, and let the sauce thicken
Now, reduce your heat to a simmer, and set your timer for 10 minutes. Let the sauce cook until the mixture has thickened. If you want the sauce to be thinner, you can add in the remaining ¼ cup of water. Hahn also gives a great suggestion for adding a little kick of heat to the mix. “You can also add in some sriracha if you want it a little hotter,” she notes. Once you finish, take the sauce off the heat, and pour it in a bowl of your choice.
Serve, and enjoy
Once you have the sauce in a bowl of your choosing, feel free to top it with peanuts and red pepper flakes if you want another little extra kick. “I use this sauce for a few different things. It is great with air-fried tofu skewers that I am picturing it with. (Or you can do chicken skewers.) I also love to dip roasted cauliflower in it,” Hahn shares. “It is great on ramen noodles and stir fry. Great as a salad dressing for an Asian salad. [It’s] pretty versatile!”
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Serves 4
- 1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice or rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha, more if desired
- 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 to 3 tablespoons water
optional flavor additions:
- 1 garlic clove, grated on a microplane zester
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, lime juice, tamari, sriracha, and maple syrup. Whisk in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach a drizzleable consistency. Peanut butters vary in thickness, so you may need more or less water each time you make this recipe.
- If desired, stir in garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and/or more sriracha.
How to Use Peanut Sauce
Once you have peanut sauce on hand, you’ll find a thousand ways to use it. Here are just a few of my favorites:
- Drizzle it over roasted veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and sesame seeds for garnish!
- Toss it with a salad or slaw.
- Add it to a grain bowl made with quinoa, cauliflower rice, or cilantro lime rice and tofu or tempeh for protein!
- Use it as a dip for your favorite fresh veggies.
- Stir it into easy peanut noodles or pad Thai.
- Serve it as a dipping sauce with lettuce wraps, summer rolls, or spring rolls.
Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a protein-packed spread popular around the world. It’s made of ground peanuts — often roasted first — blended into a thick paste.
The final product contains a range of nutrients that may offer health-boosting benefits. However, it’s important to check the label when buying peanut butter. Many brands today add ingredients like sugar, vegetable oil, and trans fats that can reduce its nutritional value.
Natural peanut butter is available at health food stores and specialty grocers, and can be easily found online. Look for a product that contains no additives other than a little salt.
You can also make peanut butter at home by blending peanuts in a food processor until you reach your desired texture.
A quarter-cup of peanuts (the approximate amount in a 2 tablespoon serving of peanut butter) contains:
- Calories: 207
- Protein: 9 grams
- Fat: 18 grams
- Carbohydrates: 6 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Sugar: 1 gram
Peanut butter is a good source of:
- Vitamin E
- Niacin (B3)
- Vitamin B6
Peanut butter is also a good source of copper, a mineral that helps maintain our bone health, immune function, and blood vessels. Some research suggests that getting enough copper in your diet may reduce your risk for osteoporosis and heart disease.
Potential Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a concentrated source of nutrition that may offer potential health benefits. One study showed that eating peanuts every day can decrease the overall risk of death by up to 21% – and reduces the occurrence of heart disease by 38%.
However, peanuts are high in calories and, while they contain “good fats,” too much can be a bad thing. Moderate your intake to avoid unwanted weight gain or health problems caused by excessive fat intake.
As long as you exercise portion control, research suggests peanut butter offers the following health benefits:
Improved Heart Health
One of the main fats in peanut butter is oleic acid. When substituted for other fats in your diet, oleic acid is shown to help maintain good cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Managing these levels in your body can lower the risk of heart disease.
Peanut butter also contains omega-6. This fatty acid lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and increases protective (HDL) cholesterol. In addition, peanuts are a natural source of arginine, an amino acid that may prevent heart and vascular disease by promoting good blood vessel function.
Reduced Risk of Diabetes
Oleic acid also been shown to reduce the body’s insulin resistance, a condition that raises your blood sugar and leads to diabetes. Research shows that peanut butter’s omega-6 content may have this same effect as well.
Peanuts are a great source of antioxidants like manganese, vitamin E, and B vitamins. These compounds act to prevent and repair cell damage in your body, and this effect can reduce your risk of chronic diseases like cancer.
One of peanut butter’s most powerful antioxidants is coumaric acid — and research found that its activity is boosted by 22% if you roast peanuts before whipping them into a butter.
It also contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that’s been shown to have anti-cancer effects and may lower the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cognitive decline.
Aid in Weight Management
The healthy fats in peanut butter are called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats are associated with a lower risk of weight gain and obesity when consumed as part of a healthy diet.
Foods high in healthy fats, proteins, and fiber — like peanut butter — also take longer for our bodies to digest, which can keep us feel fuller for longer and reduce the risk of overeating.
While weight loss and management depend on a healthy diet and lifestyle, the research suggests that peanuts can assist with these goals.
Potential Risks of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is rich in a variety of nutrients — but it’s also rich in calories and fat. While the healthy fats in peanut butter are nutritious, you should consume them in moderation to avoid unwanted weight gain or potential health problems.
Commercial peanut butter brands often have added sugars, oils, and fats. For the best health benefits from peanut butter, look for all-natural products without these added ingredients.
Peanut butter can be a great addition to your diet if you limit your portions to the recommended amount. Some possible health risks of peanut butter include:
Some people have peanut allergies, which can be fatal in some cases. Avoid all peanut products if you have a peanut allergy.
High in Calories
Peanut butter contains a high amount of calories per serving. Make sure to moderate your portions to avoid unwanted weight gain.
High in Fat
While most of the fat in peanut butter is relatively healthy, peanuts also contain some saturated fat, which can lead to heart problems when consumed in excess over time.
Peanuts are high in phosphorus, which can limit your body’s absorption of other minerals like zinc and iron. If you are deficient in these minerals, a diet high in phosphorus can worsen this condition.