Fresh strawberries meet creamy peanut butter and fun sprinkles in this easy-to-make summer treat. Peanut Butter Strawberries are a delicious alternative to chocolate-covered strawberries and are perfect for parties or after school snacks.
I hope everyone is taking full advantage of fresh strawberry season! I buy at least a pound of them every week and slice them up for my oatmeal and yogurt or eat them right out of the container.
But strawberries also make awesome dippers. We all know and love chocolate-covered strawberries, but have you ever had peanut butter-dipped strawberries?
These little summer treats couldn't be easier to make and peanut butter lovers will be obsessed with peanut butter strawberries as they bring some of the nostalgia of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
You'll love these peanut butter strawberries because they're such a fun treat and so easy to make.
You can dip the strawberries to serve to your kids as an after-school (or after camp) snack. Or you can serve them to a crowd during a summer party. They're also a fun "cooking" project to do with kids.
They're a fun take on chocolate-covered strawberries and can be decorated with sprinkles to serve any occasion.
As you can probably guess, these peanut butter strawberries are made with super simple ingredients... In fact, you only really need two! Three if you count the sprinkles. Here's what you need (be sure to view the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions):
- Strawberries: I like to use large strawberries and keep the stems on
- Creamy peanut butter: I recommend not using natural as it's too oily and will slide off the strawberries too easily
- Coconut oil: This is optional, but it helps the peanut butter harden a little bit better
- Sprinkles: if desired, but they make the strawberries so fun and pretty!
🍓 How to make peanut butter strawberries
Have you ever made chocolate-covered strawberries before? Peanut butter strawberries follow basically the same method and are so easy to make.
Whereas you need to melt the chocolate before dipping strawberries in it, you'll also need to heat the peanut butter a little bit to make it thin enough to coat smoothly on the strawberries.
Put the peanut butter (and coconut oil if you're using) in a microwave-safe bowl and put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. You don't want it to get super hot, but just to thin out a bit. Give it a good stir and if it's not thin enough, put it back in the microwave at 5 second intervals.
Make sure your strawberries are cleaned and completely dried. If they're wet, the peanut butter won't stick to them.
Hold a strawberry by the stem and dip it into the peanut butter, turning it to coat all sides.
Sprinkle the sprinkles of your choice over the peanut butter and place strawberries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Now you'll need to let the peanut butter set a bit. I recommend putting the baking sheet in the refrigerator and letting the strawberries chill until the peanut butter is firm, about 20 minutes.
And the strawberries are ready to be enjoyed!
I feel like most people don't think about peanut butter and strawberries going together, but really, it's the perfect combination- like a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich!
These are such a nice change from the typical chocolate-covered strawberries and will be loved by any peanut butter fans.
I wanted to make this recipe as simple as possible with basic ingredients. But if you want your peanut butter to harden a bit more, I recommend mixing 2 tsp of coconut oil into the peanut butter before you warm it.
However, even without the coconut oil, the peanut butter should firm up a bit (I didn't use it for the strawberries in these photos).
⏲️ How to store
These peanut butter strawberries are really best enjoyed right after they're made. They can be left at room temperature for a bit, but if you're storing leftovers overnight, they should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. I recommend separating the layers of strawberries with parchment paper.
Note that when stored in the fridge, the strawberries will likely start to sweat and "weep," similar to how chocolate-covered strawberries would.
If you're making these for a party, definitely make them the day of!
🎉 Variations on recipe
It doesn't get any simpler than these peanut butter-dipped strawberries, but you can also think of them as a blank canvas. There's so much you can do with them to jazz them up a bit. Here are some ideas:
- Add a chocolate drizzle: Once the peanut butter has set, you can drizzle some melted chocolate it for a delicious peanut butter and chocolate strawberry. You can use white, dark, or milk chocolate, or even a combination!
- Coat in chocolate: Alternatively, you can take the set peanut butter strawberry and dip it into chocolate, so the chocolate covers the peanut butter layer, kind of like a peanut butter cup!
- Sprinkle with nuts: Instead of adding sprinkles, you can use crushed nuts instead. Peanuts, almonds, or walnuts would work well.
- Add coconut: If you love coconut, you can sprinkle shredded coconut over the peanut butter.
- Use edible glitter: A pretty glitter sheen would be so pretty sprinkled over the peanut butter or the red part of the strawberry.
- Switch up the sprinkles: Use sprinkles that coordinate with the occasion you're celebrating with these strawberries. You can use Christmas sprinkles, Halloween sprinkles, college color sprinkles, etc.
👩🍳 More fresh strawberry recipes
Are you eating as many fresh strawberries as you can this strawberry season? If you also like baking and cooking with them, try some of my favorite recipes that use strawberries:
This Strawberry Peanut Butter Smoothie looks delicious, too!
I hope you'll consider this delicious and easy strawberry dessert for your next celebration! Or even just as a special afternoon snack for your kids... Or for yourself! (confession: I also have it on authority that peanut butter strawberries make the perfect breakfast!
What's your favorite food to pair with peanut butter?
Peanut Butter Strawberries
- 12 large strawberries
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter (I recommend not using natural)
- 2 tsp coconut oil, optional (see notes)
- Sprinkles, if desired
- Wash and thoroughly dry strawberries. If they're not completely dry, the peanut butter won't stick to them.
- Put peanut butter and coconut oil (if using) in a small microwave-proof bowl and place in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir. You want peanut butter to be thin enough to be able to dip strawberries into it, but not super runny. If peanut butter is still too thick, place back in microwave for 5 second intervals, stirring in between.
- Hold each strawberry by the stem and dip into the peanut butter, turning to coat all sides.
- Sprinkle the sprinkles of your choice over the peanut butter and place strawberries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put baking sheet in the fridge for about 20 minutes to let peanut butter harden.
- Coconut oil will help peanut butter set and harden a bit more on strawberries, but it's not totally necessary to making these peanut butter strawberries, so don't worry if you don't have any.
- To store: these strawberries are best enjoyed the day they're made, but if keeping overnight, store in an airtight container with layers of strawberries separated my parchment or waxed paper. Note that strawberries may start to sweat when left in the fridge.