Peanut Butter Fudge with Video

LAST UPDATED: Apr 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 13, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

This Peanut Butter Fudge is extremely popular during the holiday season and it’s no wonder why! My Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is easy, creamy and ridiculously good. Hope you enjoy it, too. Peanut Butter Fudge is perfect for indulging and gifting! With just 6 staple ingredients and 10 minutes hands on time, this easy peanut butter fudge recipe makes the perfect holiday treat!

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Peanut Butter Fudge

I remember my mom and grandma working feverishly in their kitchens around the holidays. Mom was always whipping up batches of her famous peanut brittle, making it look so effortless. While I have the recipe, I have yet to master it.

What I wouldn’t do for an hour in the kitchen with her to watch her at work and learn from her. I’m sure she had some trick up her sleeve. I do know that she was very particular about the spatula she used.

And Grandma, well, she made peanut brittle as well, but she didn’t stop there. Each year she would make an array of candies and fudge. Her divinity was divine!

Beyond the sweets themselves, I loved that they were sharing something that they loved, made with the heart for those they loved. I don’t seem to have near the energy they did, but I like to do the same when I can.

I whipped up a batch of my favorite Peanut Butter Fudge with a few staple ingredients after my friend Jamey texted asking me if I had any fudge recipes I loved. After sharing it with her, I had to whip up a batch to enjoy, too!

peanut butter fudge on a plate

This fudge is incredibly quick and easy to make. This Peanut Butter Fudge recipe takes just 10 minutes, 6 staple ingredients and a little patience for it to solidify before you enjoy. That’s the most difficult part for me, waiting! I will warn you, have a plan in mind to share before you get started, it’s seriously addictive.

Even better, this fudge doesn’t require any special tools or candy thermometers. It is made in a baking dish like the same square pan you use to make brownies. Honestly, it’s so SIMPLE! It’s a great no bake dessert!

What’s in Peanut Butter Fudge?

My Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is made with:

  • butter – salted or unsalted, it’s your choice.
  • brown sugar – this ingredient offers beautiful color and a hint of molasses flavor.
  • whole milk – or half and half, one reader even mentioned using skim, though I haven’t tested it.
  • peanut butter – use creamy peanut butter, but avoid using natural. It has an entirely different consistency that doesn’t play well with fudge.
  • vanilla – I like to use Homemade Vanilla Extract, but any vanilla will do!
  • powdered sugar – also known as confectioner’s sugar, this maintains that smooth, creamy consistency that’s synonomous with peanut butter fudge.

Do You Have to Use Whole Milk in this Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe?

I’ve tested it with whole milk and half and half, but readers on Pinterest are saying:

“I used fat free milk instead of whole and still turned out delicious!” Reagan

“This is so easy to make! I didn’t have whole milk so I used 2%, still tastes amazing and melts in your mouth!” Jacyln

How to Make Peanut Butter Fudge

I love this recipe because unlike my mom’s peanut brittle, it’s foolproof. There’s no thermometer or secret to getting a great batch, every time. See the step-by-step photos to see just how easy it is!

  1. Melt the butter, add brown sugar and milk, stir and watch as it comes to a boil. how to make peanut butter fudge
  2. Here you’ll see a beautiful rolling boil – that’s what it should look like when you remove it from heat and pour over powdered sugar. step by step photos to make peanut butter fudge
  3. Pour into a prepared pan. Cover the fudge with parchment paper just after pouring it and use your hand to smooth it. make peanut butter fudge smooth
  4. Refrigerate until solid. Slice into squares or use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes!

SERIOUSLY! It’s just that easy! Dare I say it’s THE BEST fudge ever? Yes. Nothing else compares. It’s candy store quality made at home in minutes. 

You can see just how easy it is by watching the video in this post!

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe Tips 

If you really want to, you can even make Peanut Butter Fudge in the microwave!

Simply combine butter and peanut butter in a microwavable bowl covered with a paper towel to prevent spatter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and continue to microwave for 2 more minutes. Pour into greased pan and smooth with parchment paper.

What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I Use to Make Peanut Butter Fudge? Use your favorite creamy peanut butter, but do not use natural, unfortunately the consistency doesn’t allow the fudge to solidify.

Use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes!

How to Store Peanut Butter Fudge

As always, fudge is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store it at room temperature in an airtight container to keep this fudge fresh for over a month.

You can freeze Peanut Butter Fudge wrapped in wax paper and sealed in a ziplock bag inside an airtight container for up to 6 months. This will eliminate any risk of absorbing odor from your freezer. To thaw, simply remove the fudge from your freezer and bring it to room temperature before opening.

What Readers are Saying About this Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Shayna said “This! This PB fudge was ah-mazing! I made four batches of it for a work function…actually National PB Fudge Day – it’s a real thing! Nov 20, 2017. They love it! I finally printed the recipe and set it next to the trays of fudge. Thank you for posting some good sweet, love!”

“Swirled this peanut butter fudge recipe with some of my chocolate fudge and it was DIVINE! Thanks for the recipe.” – Courtney

Did you know that you can also make fudge in a slow cooker? Get the easy vanilla fudge recipe here.

If you are looking for other peanut butter recipes, check out Amazing Peanut Butter Recipes. You should start right here with my incredible peanut butter cake recipe

 

Easy peanut butter fudge recipe - so creamy

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Peanut Butter Fudge

10 minute easy fudge is perfect for indulging and gifting! It's made just 6 staple ingredients! It's SO creamy and always a crowd pleaser!
4.87 from 79 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 64
Calories: 86kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c butter salted or unsalted
  • 2 c brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 c whole milk can use any milk
  • 1 c creamy peanut butter (not natural)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 c powdered sugar

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring it to a boil. Allow mixture to boil for 2 minutes untouched. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter.
  • Add powdered sugar to a mixing bowl/mixer. Pour hot mixture over powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Pour into greased 8x8 pan. Smooth with a piece of parchment paper and refrigerate until solid (about 1 hour).
  • Cut into 1" squares and share!

Video

Notes

Make Fudge in the Microwave

  1. Combine butter and peanut butter in a microwavable bowl covered with a paper towel to prevent spatter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir and continue to microwave for 2 more minutes.
  3. Pour into greased pan and smooth with parchment paper.
Use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes!
Use any pan you have - 9", multiple loaf pans, etc. It will change the thickness of the fudge.

Variations

  • Swirl it into chocolate fudge
  • Add nuts
  • Add marshmallows
  • Add chocolate chips
  • Cover in melted chocolate to make Buckeye Fudge - seriously, it tastes exactly like Buckeyes!
  • Make it dairy free by substituting coconut milk

How to Store Fudge

  • Room temperature in an airtight container up to a month.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature to enjoy.
  • Freeze wrapped in wax paper and sealed in a ziplock bag inside an airtight container to prevent freezer odor from seeping in. Freeze for up to 6 months. To thaw, simply remove the fudge from your freezer and bring it to room temperature before opening.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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{Originally published December 10, 2015. Updated December 2018}

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