Roasted Chestnut Butter Frosting

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Roasted chestnut butter frosting is the perfect topping for any Christmas cupcake and there is no open fire needed – although you may find yourself seeking one out as you eat it. The chestnut frosting is not overly nutty, and it has a mild flavor and a smooth buttercream texture.

While peanut butter has it’s fans, chestnut butter is the nut butter of choice for the season. I loved it in the roasted chestnut butter frosting, but it is also great on a piece of toast or in a chestnut butter and cranberry jelly sandwich!

This post covers how to make chestnut butter and then how to make chestnut butter frosting.

To start, you’ll need roasted chestnuts.

I bought my roasted chestnuts at Whole Foods. However, if you want to take the effort to roast chestnuts yourself, Kevin of Closet Cooking has a great post on how to roast chestnuts.

Next, you’ll need to turn those roasted chestnuts into chestnut butter.

Making nut butter is easier than you might think. You just need a food processor. My favorite food processor to use is my mini Cuisinart [paid link]. Simply grind the roasted chestnuts in your food processor and then add vegetable oil 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to process until it has the consistency of a nut butter. Since roasted chestnuts don’t have much oil in them, you may need to add up to 1/4 cup of vegetable oil per cup of chestnut butter produced.

Now, you can make the roasted chestnut butter frosting.

Or, you could also make my Christmas pie which is a roasted chocolate chestnut pie 

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Roasted Chestnut Butter Frosting

This roasted chestnut butter frosting is perfect on Christmas treats!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 341kcal
Author Stefani


  • 1 cup roasted chestnut butter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powered sugar


  • Place the butter and nut butter into a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
  • Gradually mix in the sugar.
  • Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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  1. Maria Williamsays:

    5 stars
    Chestnuts have a wonderful flavour, and very much associated with Christmas. This paste is a lovely idea for a homemade gift. So easy to make.

  2. Restaurant in kuwaitsays:

    Wow this might just be a new holiday tradition. Nice photo

  3. Bethsays:

    What a brilliant idea! I made this with toasted walnuts instead of chestnuts, and it was also excellent. I’m glad to know it doesn’t just have to be a holiday-themed treat!

  4. Maggiesays:

    Great minds must think alike! I made vegan roasted chestnut frosting in November and my son and I loved it.

  5. Gilsays:

    If you’re going to roast the chestnuts yourselves, though, be careful —

  6. Stefsays:

    Happy – They were!

    Courtney – Cool! Which ones did you pick?

    Lisa – Thanks! Glad I achieved my goal.

    Kim – That list must be getting pretty big. :)

    Eli – Sounds like a good cream cheese frosting!

    Foodphoto – I’ll pass that compliment on to Jonathan.

    Evie – Glad you said that. I kinda felt like I was cheating by buying the prepared stuff, but it is much easier.

  7. Eviesays:

    Looks delish, how did you come up with the idea for this flavor combination?
    A note on chestnuts- I spent a fortune on 2 jars of prepared chestnuts at Whole Foods. About $20 total for two 7oz jars…that was for a creamy chestnut soup. Roasting your own is VERY time consuming…that being said, I vote for coughing up the big bucks and buying the prepared version.

  8. foodphotoblog.comsays:

    Wow this might just be a new holiday tradition. Nice photo

  9. elisays:

    hey try this frosting,

    * 125 grams Butter or Marg
    * 250 grams Philadelphia Cream Cheese
    * 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Essence
    * 3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar (sifted)

    In a bowl, cream marg and softened cream cheese and vanilla together till fluffy.
    Gradually add sifted icing sugar.
    Refridgerate for an hour.

  10. Kimsays:

    Yum! I’m adding this to the list of things to make soon!

  11. Lisasays:

    Oh, just the thought makes me smile! I have such nice memories of my grandfather’s delight at gathering and sharing chestnuts. Put that in a frosting and top a cupcake with it and you have a perfect Christmas recipe!

  12. Courtneysays:

    These look SOOO good! Love the frosting. Using your blog to pick cupcakes to bake for my work Holiday party!

  13. Happy cooksays:

    Wow they looks so beautiful and i am sure they were delicious too

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