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Does anyone know how to thin peanut butter?

Asked by tekn0lust (1853 points ) December 31st, 2008

I need to get peanut butter to the consistency of frosting for a recipe we are trying. Anyone know how to thin peanut butter?

BTW anyone ever had cakeballs? They are teh NOM!

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poofandmook's avatar

you can melt it a bit

wundayatta's avatar

You can heat it up and mix it with milk, and maybe a little sweetener. Add milk until you get to the desires consistency. Then cool, and apply to whatever you are doing.

gailcalled's avatar

Mcrowave and then work fast before it hardens again.

tonedef's avatar

If you plan to leave it out for any period of time, you should avoid dairy. Just pop it in the microwave in 15 second increments, stir, and repeat until you get the consistency you want. The fats melt and make it drippier.

Harp's avatar

Stirring in a light salad oil (e.g. canola oil) will soften it.

mangeons's avatar

Well, there’s always Weightwatchers. ;)

El_Cadejo's avatar

GQ for “They are teh NOM!” lol

cooksalot's avatar

Yep I do the same as everyone else just zap it for a few seconds in the microwave.

tekn0lust's avatar

Heating the peanut butter worked perfectly. We made our own version of reese peanut butter cakeballs and they were sooo good. If you haven’t tried these, google “cakeball” they are really fun to make with kids and there are endless possibilities for flavor combination.

Thanks All for the answers!

babygalll's avatar

Sounds yummy! Recipe please.

tekn0lust's avatar

Basically what you do is:

Bake a box cake per the directions and allow to cool to room temperature. Then you crumble the cake up into a bowl so that you have a bowl full of tiny cake crumbles. Leave out any crusty edges(or eat them as we did). Now you can either mix in a can of frosting or as we did mix in a cup and a half of peanut butter that has been thinned by gradual heating in the microwave(I didn’t thin with oil because it needed to solidify later in the process). Mix thoroughly and pop it in the freezer for an hour to set. Remove from freezer and form into 3/4” balls. Place these back in the freezer for a couple of hours. Melt some almond bark and coat the frozen cakeballs. Allow these to set and then serve at room temperature.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make your own flavors. My next attempt will be carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!

kwhull's avatar

Mmm, sounds good. My son microwaved peanut butter & got it too thin. He just decided to “drink” it. Major stomach ache later. Served him right! :))

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