Thursday, April 25, 2013

Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Frosting

If you want to see me at my finest, find me during a quick I just have to grab ONE item grocery store run, during lunch time, with two toddlers and a baby in tow. I'm awesome. And if you define awesome as a crazed,  harried lady in yoga pants, on the verge of losing her cool repeatedly telling her kids to stop, come back here, don't touch, put that back and no we cannot buy that, sit down as some sort of mantra.

Then awesome I am.

I probably am making myself out to be worse then I am and sometimes "think" my kids are crazier then they really are. But in the grand spectrum of behaviors and retrospect my kids are only......well, kids. I tend to want them to be more then they should even have to be at this point in their life, not because there is some sort of requirement, but because it makes my life AND "quickie"  trips to the grocery store for peanut butter easier.

But parenting is challenging and it has pushed me to the so called "limits'of who I ever thought I would need to be in life, in order to step up to the task of helping guide and direct the lives of these little one day to be big people. Yes, the grocery store has become some sort of training institution for my parenting skills.

The reason for the trip (and my test in patience) was for a jar of creamy peanut butter. Because it has come to that point that I needed to make another batch of frosting, but not just any frosting, but creamy, dreamy peanut butter frosting.

Fluffy, light, smooth, not too overly sweet peanut butter frosting.

Creamy and dreamy is the best description. Take a taste, close your eyes and enjoy the frosting....it is really that good. If you have ever had my Fantabulous Vanilla Frosting, well this is in that category of good.

This is what you will need.....
  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 a cup) (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/2 a cup of creamy style peanut butter
  • 2 oz. Cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla extract.
  • 1 lb. confectioners sugar/powdered sugar (approx. 3 1/3-4 cups)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Heavy cream, 1/2 & 1/2 or milk (your preference)
With a mixer mix together the butter, cream cheese, peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk.
Add in vanilla. Make sure it is all creamed together.

Begin adding in the  confectioners sugar a little a time. Keep in mind powdered sugar is very airy and what I may measure as 3 cups, might be more or less to you. So start at 3 3/4 cups and add in more or less as you may need to. The best way to get it exact is measuring, but since this is a butter cream there is room for error in measurement. If it looks too dry add in some heavy cream, 1/2 & 1/2 or milk until it  is smooth and not grainy. If you add too much powder sugar add in some liquid, until it gets to when YOU like it.

Keep mixing the frosting until you get a smooth consistency. It should be fluffy and moist looking with soft peaks. If is seems too overly "wet" add a little powdered sugar into the mix. But keep in mind this is a "butter" based recipe, so as soon as you put the frosting in the fridge it will set up. Some Peanut Butter frosting recipes are very dense and grainy or blobby and greasy.....this is not. It's moist, light, fluffy and pipes wonderfully.

Bake your little cupcakes (chocolate is peanut butters bestie) and after they cool pipe on a generous amount. Garnish with mini chocolate chips, sprinkle or whatever you choose and get lost in the creamy dreamy deliciousness of the peanut butter frosting!

Hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below!!

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