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Peanut Butter Magic Shell

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Take your ice cream to the next level with a drizzle of this 2 ingredient peanut butter magic shell. It is the perfect topping for your next sundae!

small bowl of chocolate peanut butter nice cream with peanut butter nice cream on top

The second your spoon cracks through this peanut butter magic shell and sinks into your ice cream, you will know you are in for a treat. It only takes a couple of ingredients and a few minutes to make, and that’s if you dawdle! You could also use it for dipping ice cream cones or ice cream bon bons!

Peanut butter and I have a very serious relationship. I just love the stuff.

It’s so good spread over warm toast, it makes a great salad dressing (check out my bok choy salad recipe for more on that!) And of course it is good for sweets too!

Tomorrow I will be sharing a chocolate peanut butter nice cream recipe that you are going to love. The second I dreamed it up I knew it was going to need some peanut butter magic shell to top it all off.

It is also great on peanut butter banana ice cream if you prefer dairy ice cream. Or drizzle it over regular chocolate ice cream for a tasty treat.

small glass bowl with peanut butter and melted coconut oil

Luckily that was easy to whip up! This time of year my kitchen is always a little warm, so my coconut oil is already a liquid.

That meant all I had to do was stir it into the peanut butter and I was ready to rock! I kept the batch small, so we could use it up in a day or two.

It’s super quick to make, so there’s no reason make a ton to store. Just make it as you need it.

It can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for several days though. If you feel better about storing it in the refrigerator, just warm it up slightly before using it.

bowl of creamy 2 ingredient peanut butter magic shell

Optional Additions for Your Peanut Butter Magic Shell:

If you don’t like the coconut flavor of the coconut oil, just stir in a pinch of salt.

The magic shell isn’t very sweet on it’s own. If you want it a bit sweeter, stir in a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. A couple of teaspoons of powdered sugar should do the trick as well.

If you want chocolate with your peanut butter, melt a few chocolate chips into the coconut ool then stir in the peanut butter.

bowl of creamy peanut butter magic shell in front of bowl of chocolate nice cream

How Does Magic Shell Work?

Coconut oil has a relatively high freezing point, meaning it becomes a solid at a warmer temperature than most cooking oils.

That is why a jar of coconut oil may be full od a solid sometimes and liquid others, just depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

glass bowl with ice cream, peanut butter magic shell and banana slices.

So when you mix melted coconut oil with the peanut butter it will likely remain pourable at room temperature. (That is unless your room is chilly!)

But when you drizzle the magic shell over cold ice cream, the coconut oil quickly freezes and becomes a solid.

That is what gives you that satisfying crack when you break through it. Plus it keeps it all from running down the sides of your ice cream!

spoon drizzling peanut butter magic shell over bowl of chocolate nice cream.

More great ice cream toppings:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other nut butters?

Of course! If you don’t like peanut butter or can’t eat it, feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter. Almond butter or sun butter would be delicious, but whatever you have would work!

Can I use natural peanut butter?

Sure, but it is going to separate so be sure to give it a good stir before you use it. and remember, this magic shell isn’t sweet on its own so you may want to add some sugar or honey.

Have you ever made a homemade magic shell? What flavors would you like to try?

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small bowl of chocolate peanut butter nice cream with peanut butter nice cream on top

Peanut Butter Magic Shell

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
Take your ice cream to the next level with a drizzle of this 2 ingredient peanut butter magic shell. It is the perfect topping for your next sundae!
4.90 from 19 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • optional: pinch of salt


  • If needed, melt coconut oil.
    2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • Stir in peanut butter.  Add a pinch of salt or other mix-ins as desired.
    ¼ cup peanut butter
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. If it's too thick, microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up. Drizzle over ice cream. 


This recipe as written isn’t very sweet, but it’s a nice way to balance ice cream. If you would like it a little sweeter, stir in a teaspoon or two of honey or maple syrup.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Thursday 30th of March 2023

How do you make caramel or chocolate magic shell??


Friday 31st of March 2023

We just shared a recipe for chocolate magic shell, so you can check that out by clicking the link. Caramel is an interesting one, I'll have to experiment and see what I can come up with.


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Is there anything else u can use beside coconut oil?


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Coconut oil works best because it hardens quickly when it comes in contact with something cold. Butter would taste good, but I don't think it would quite form the hard shell that coconut oil does.


Wednesday 4th of September 2019

How simple is this!?! We love Magic shell and this sounds wonderful.


Monday 9th of September 2019

It doesn't get much easier!


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I need this in my life! What a perfect combination of flavors!!


Monday 9th of September 2019



Sunday 1st of September 2019

Hi Carlee, this takes me back to my childhood and when I had a fascination for the sauces that created shells when poured on ice cream. Now I know the secret I'm going to have to give it a try!



Monday 9th of September 2019

You can make your own so easily! I am going to have to put on my thinking cap and see what other flavors I can think of.