How To Easily Melt Peanut Butter In The Microwave

As if spoonfuls of peanut butter weren't delicious enough on their own, you can also melt the spread to create a warm, drizzly topping. The melted stuff can be used on top of old-fashioned peanut butter fudge, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake bars, vanilla ice cream scoops, and more — but first, you have to get it to that smooth, liquid consistency. You could whip out a small pot and stir your peanut butter over the stove, but for a quicker and easier method, just melt it in the microwave.

Start by grabbing a microwave-safe bowl (or another microwave-safe container), dump in however much of the spread you'd like to melt, and nuke it in 30 second intervals until it reaches the consistency you'd like. Not only will you avoid getting several dishes dirty, but you won't have to pay as close attention to burning, sticking, or bubbling like you would with the stove method. Plus, the whole process shouldn't take more than a few minutes, and you're on your way to a salty, nutty dessert topping (or a yummy, saucy spoonful).

Keep these tips in mind for smooth, drizzly peanut butter

While melting peanut butter in the microwave requires minimal effort, it is important to stir your spread every 30 seconds when you take it out. Peanut butter can burn quickly since it doesn't contain much water, and you'll want to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of your bowl. However, you shouldn't add any water when melting it since this can dilute your spread. 

Plus, we know that microwaves can have hot and cold spots, and you'll want to ensure that your topping comes out with a smooth, warm consistency throughout. Be extra cautious by taking your spread out at 15 second intervals instead of 30. And to avoid any hot liquid splattering all over your microwave, cover your bowl with a microwave-safe lid or even a paper towel.

Keep in mind that for a smooth consistency, it makes sense to use a creamy peanut butter instead of a chunky version. Technically, you can melt a bowl of the latter, but the nuts will just get toasty instead of melting — so the choice is up to you. Either way, be sure to use your warm spread right away, since it will harden again as it cools down; although it'll taste so delicious, this likely won't be a problem.