Peanut Butter Fudge

I couldn’t do fudge recipes for the holidays and not include peanut butter fudge. What kind of peanut butter fanatic would I be? A sorry one, for sure. I love peanut butter fudge because it is infinitely easier than chocolate fudge and, well, it’s peanut butter fudge. What’s not to love? No candy thermometers or intensive stirring required. All you need is butter, peanut butter, a pinch of salt, vanilla, powdered sugar and about 10 minutes. Easy peasy! Which is perfect for this hectic time of year, right?

I think the best part about this fudge might be that it tastes just like the inside of buckeyes (which are another holiday staple of mine). You know, the peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. Except the fudge involves less steps and also less time. This fudge will definitely be making cookie tray appearances over the next two weeks in my corner of the world, and it’s also perfect for packaging up in a tin as a gift. Or, you could take the leftovers and hide them in your freezer for when the snow melts and you’re struck with a peanut butter fudge craving. I’m fairly certain that’s going to be my plan of attack ;-)

Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 64 pieces (1½ pounds)

Prep Time: 10 minutes (active), About 1 hour (inactive)

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1¼ cups (10 ounces) unsalted butter
1¼ cups smooth peanut butter
Pinch of salt
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
4½ cups powdered sugar, sifted

Directions:

1. Butter an 8-inch non-stick baking dish (or line with buttered parchment paper) and set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter and peanut butter until the mixtures comes to a boil. Remove from the heat.

3. Add the salt and vanilla extract, then stir in the powdered sugar until smooth and no lumps remain.

4. Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the fudge and refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve. Fudge can be stored at cool room temperature in an airtight container.

(Recipe adapted from Joy of Cooking)

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94 Responses to “Peanut Butter Fudge”

  1. Krystle on December 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I had told myself I wasn’t going to do anymore holiday baking of any sort after I got done with the cookie tins I put together.. But I think i’ll be making an exception for this. Looks great, and I have all the ingredients on hand.

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  2. Amy @ Serve At Once on December 16, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I make peanut butter fudge every Christmas. After a few pieces, I commit myself to save the rest for my goodie tins…but I always end up making a meal out of peanut butter fudge.

    It might well be the best meal I have the entire year.

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  3. Katie on December 16, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I’m not a big fan of fudge but the idea of peanut butter fudge sounds fabulous!!

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  4. Andrea on December 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever even heard of peanut butter fudge! Now that I have, it’s on my list of goodies to make for sure!
    I have about 10 more cookie recipes that I’d like to make before Christmas- I will just make the fudge at the same time. I already converted 10 or 12 cookie recipes to gluten free a couple of weeks ago, but they are all given away now and the house feels empty with no plates of cookies sitting around!

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  5. Lauren at KeepItSweet on December 16, 2010 at 5:50 am

    i like fudge but am not a fanatic, however that peanut butter fudge might be calling my name!

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  6. Sylvie on December 16, 2010 at 6:12 am

    You sold me on this recipe when you said this: “it tastes just like the inside of buckeyes “. Doesn’t hurt that it seems really quick and easy to make as well. I’m adding this to my to-make list of holiday goodies.

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  7. linda on December 16, 2010 at 6:12 am

    your fudge looks so delicious…i clicked onto your buckeyes link…family recipes are always the best…so i am going to re-create these today!
    good luck with your new camera (the lighting on the fudge is great)!

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  8. Blog is the New Black on December 16, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Yum- looks divine!

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  9. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella on December 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Peanut Butter fudge is the best! So delicious.

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  10. Estela @ Weekly Bite on December 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Love PB fudge! I bet you could swirl it with chocolate fudge!

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  11. Lynn Brown on December 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Love how you are keeping with the no candy thermometer theme!! I may have to do after I do the buckeyes, BTW my fav cupcake of all time was a chocolate cupcake with a buckeye in it!! Need I say more!!!

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  12. Caroline on December 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

    This fudge sounds amazing. I have a fantastic chocolate recipe and I can only imagine mixing this recipe with my chocolate one – peanut butter cup fudge anyone?!

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  13. jenna laughs on December 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Peanut butter fudge is my most favorite fudge ever. I love how smooth and creamy it is. Plus there are very few ingredients that I already have in my pantry! Win/win.

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  14. Kirsten on December 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Having not tasted these I wonder if you could take the finished fudge, and dip it into melted chocolate and make a peanut butter truffle type of thing. Or would the texture be off?

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      No, I think that would be fabulous! Very reminiscent of buckeyes!

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    • lauramich on December 22nd, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      I did exactly that this evening! I need to work on my dipping technique, but the results were tasty. Fed them to my husband and his buddy; they concurred enthusiastically.

      Reply

  15. Katrina on December 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I’ve never made peanut butter fudge! I really want to though. Thanks for the recipe :)

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  16. the blissful baker on December 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

    i love peanut butter fudge! yours looks too good – i just want to eat it off the screen!

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  17. Michelle on December 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Ohmygosh, you just made my day.

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  18. Leigh on December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without peanut butter fudge! It takes all my will power not to eat the entire batch myself!

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  19. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on December 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    glad the natural pb worked out!

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  20. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on December 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Peanut butter fudge is my brother’s favorite… Your version looks fabulous! I will have to give it a try this year.

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  21. Tina from PA on December 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    YUM YUM YUM!!!Looks so good! I will make this and keep it at my house, my sister makes PB Fudge and brings it for Christmas to my Dads , so I don’t want to hurt her feelings and bring this! Because if it’s a B,E,Baker recipe you know it’s gonna be good!

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  22. Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes on December 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I love fudge – it is such a festive thing to give, receive and eat during the holiday season.

    Your fudge is gorgeous and looks delicious. Thank you for the recipe and photos!

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  23. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on December 16, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Oh, Michelle, this looks heavenly! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you’re having a lovely day and a nice start to the holiday season!

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much Georgia, all the best holiday wishes to you as well!

      Reply

  24. Barbara | Vino Luci Style on December 16, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    That’s it? Really? I’ve never made PB fudge but do love it and I’m a little scared it’s really that easy. Scared I’ll make a batch every day type scared.

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  25. bridget {bake at 350} on December 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve never made…or eaten….peanut butter fudge, but I’m thinking I NEEd to! ;)

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  26. Cindy on December 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Here’s an even easier recipe I used to make as a kid:

    1 cup milk
    2 cups sugar

    Boil to soft-ball stage.

    Stir in one cup peanut butter and pour into pan immediately to let it set.

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  27. Amalia on December 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I need/want that. Now. God it lokos so divine!

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  28. Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish on December 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Oh yum. I love pb fudge and Buckeyes!

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  29. Barbara | Vino Luci Style on December 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Fudge done! Just have to fiddle cause, well you know. Adding a layer of chocolate ganache; guess it’s become my personal version of a peanut butter cup!

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Mmm love that!

      Reply

  30. azélias kitchen on December 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    My oldest daughter is the only one who eats peanut butter in our house and this I shall bookmark for her!

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  31. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on December 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    From one peanut butter fanatic to another, THANKS!

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  32. Deborah on December 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Peanut butter fudge is one of my favorites! Yum!

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  33. Annie on December 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    My mom used to make peanut butter fudge and regular fudge every Christmas. When she got tired of making it my sister picked up the tradition. Oh how I love it! I didn’t even realize it was so easy to make!

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  34. Evan Thomas on December 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This looks great! I love how simple it is. I’ll have to give it a try

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  35. pinksalmonlady on December 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hi! I’m a newbie on your blog but love every recipes that you posted. In fact I already printed some these recipes to bake for a xmas present for family and friends.

    I wonder if you have some recipes for cookies or cakes etc that uses blueberries as Imy family loves it.

    Thanks and happy holidays!

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  36. Ram on December 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    My sister loves anything with peanut butter. Before going to work every morning she makes sure she eats one spoonfool of peanut butter, just scooping it out of the jar. She’ll be thrilled to receive this before Christmas. Thank you.

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  37. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having on December 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    One of my coworkers makes peanut butter fudge every Christmas, but always refuses to give out the recipe. I’m so happy you posted this, now I don’t need to wait for her any more!

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    • Michelle on December 16th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      I’ll never understand why people refuse to share recipes. Good food was meant to be enjoyed by all!

      Reply

  38. eatgreek.net on December 17, 2010 at 5:25 am

    they look amazing! may I have some??? :P :D

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  39. Pretty. Good. Food. on December 17, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Wow, so easy! I love it! :)

    Reply

  40. Kim Q on December 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Yummy! I made this already to include in our annual Christmas cookie plates for our neighbors. A former workmate used to make the BEST peanut butter fudge EVER, and while this does not hold a candle to that, it is quite good and could not be easier to make. I kick myself each holiday season that I never got that recipe from the former workmate. Aargh!

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  41. Sherry on December 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I love this recipe! I always try to search around for some fun and interesting fudge recipes, but I have a hard time finding good yet easy ones. I’d love to see some more!

    Reply

  42. Jenny Nguyen on December 18, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Sure you wouldn’t mind if I just reached in and stole one of those ;) right? haha

    Reply

  43. Peggy on December 18, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Okay, if these taste like the peanut butter insides of a buckeye… I’m down! The fudge looks great and I love that is comes together in no time!

    Reply

  44. Sasha on December 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I am so bookmarking this recipe. I love fudge! Thanks for sharing.

    Great blog : )

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  45. shannon on December 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I love old-fashioned peanut butter fudge…..thanks for the recipe!!!

    Reply

  46. Tricia on December 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I made this with a friend yesterday and it was wonderful! We liked it WAY better than the chocolate fudge recipe we found. Do you have a good chocolate fudge recipe? I’m still waiting for the perfect one…

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  47. Lena on December 22, 2010 at 6:17 am

    I’m a newbie to your site (which i LOVE btw) and i just finished prepping this fudge recipe and it’s sitting in the fridge right now. I have a concern though – the mixture started to stick and burn on the bottom of the saucepan if i left it even for a minute… it’s given the fudge mixture a bit of a burnt taste, and i’m wondering if there’s something i did wrong, or if that’s typical and i just need to constantly stir… thanks!

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    • Michelle on February 16th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Lena, You might want to turn the heat down just a tad next time, it shouldn’t taste burnt. Enjoy round 2! :)

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  48. Lara on December 22, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for sharing! I love PB fudge (even more than chocolate…) and always thought it was a big production to make. I made a batch last night and it was really easy. For a little extra, I pushed a few milk chocolate chips into the fudge after I spread it into the pan. Happy holidays!

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  49. Annie on December 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    This looks so fantastic, I can’t wait to try it! And by the way, I am loving your photos with your awesome new camera!

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  50. CaSaundra on December 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Love how this recipe has such few ingredients, yet looks like it produces yummy results! I wonder if you could use fun flavors of PB, such as Cinnamon Raisin Swirl from Pb&Co.?!

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  51. Amanda on December 25, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I am not usually one to make fudge, but I think with this recipe I will make an exception! These sound amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! Love your page!

    Reply

  52. Cubicle on December 28, 2010 at 1:58 am

    These look great. I will have to try them out!

    Reply

  53. Priscilla Gallagher on December 29, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Sure you wouldn’t mind if I just reached in and stole one of those ;) right? haha

    Reply

  54. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop on December 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I made your peanut butter fudge recipe and gave it to my coworkers this year in their holiday goodie bags that I give them each year. It was definitely a big hit! I’ve made several other recipes of yours in the past, and everything has turned out wonderfully. Thank you for being a delicious source of tasty treats!! :)

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  55. Tamanna on January 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    these look extra yummy and easy to make. i am going to give these a go since i recently bought a huge container of peanut butter! yummmmm!! thanks a bunch for recipe!

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  56. Alix on January 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Made this last night. Turned out excellent. My old recipe called for heating to a certain temperature all while stirring. Then cooling to another temperature while continuing to stir. This one is so much easier. It has become my new go to peanut butter fudge recipe. Thanks so much!

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  57. Melissa Barker on July 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    My family loves this fudge! I have made it twice in the past couple of months and now my daughter has requested it as her birthday treat! In my last batch, my pinch of salt turned into a whoops with the salt container. My daughter now wants extra salt in this batch too. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  58. Katy on October 15, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I’m upset this didn’t work out for me, had a big pan of goo after

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  59. Mary on November 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I have tried so many peanut butter fudge recipies and they never turn out right. Wow! This recipe turned out great! Thank you so much!

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  60. Carol on December 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    How in the world does one SAVE a recipe on this site???

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    • Michelle on December 4th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Carol, Right now you just have to bookmark it the old-fashioned way, but I am actually in the process of creating a “recipe box” function so you can save your favorites and access them right here. It will be rolled out with some other enhancements on January 2nd!

      Reply

  61. Allison on December 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I made this a few days ago for a Holiday party -it was a huge hit! A few comments I heard were “I don’t even like peanut butter, but this is amazing.” and
    “It tastes just like the inside of a Reese’s peanut butter cup!” I didn’t sift my powdered sugar but it turned out just fine.

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  62. Myrrie on December 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I remember my brothers and mom making this when I was young. It never lasted long–the disappearing act is faster than making it. I remember them having to stir constantly, but it didn’t take too long to make.

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  63. Kim H. on December 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

    My grandmother, who’s been gone for so many years now ~ passed away from breast cancer ~ use to make Peanut Butter Fudge during the Christmas holidays! Never found her recipe, but this sounds like it might just be a wonderful substitute! Can’t wait to try it and make it a part of my holiday baking with my girls!!

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  64. Ami on December 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Saw lots of comments and hoped to find a bunch with actual reviews of the outcome of this fudge. Oh well… I made it anyway. Not overly impressed. Yes, it’s a simple recipe, and bam it turns into fudge. The consistency is okay, flavor is okay but not a tongue popping recipe. If you’re going to bake for loved ones, I highly suggest finding a recipe that calls for evaporated milk, or milk, or cream of some sort and to use a candy thermometer. Trust me, there’s a big difference in consistency and flavor – positive difference. Otherwise, it’s a cute recipe for when you’re in a super hurry and flavor/consistency is not a big deal for you.

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  65. Ashley T. on December 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Just made pb fudge using this recipe. I LOVE IT! And it was super easy. Thank you so much!

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  66. Jessica on December 19, 2011 at 10:31 am

    When you set this, do you leave it at room temperature or in the refrigerator? Also, what’s the point of the plastic wrap on top?

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    • Michelle on December 20th, 2011 at 12:42 am

      Hi Jessica, Per the recipe, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The plastic wrap on top prevents a skin from forming, as well as keeping out any refrigerator smells (I always cover anything that’s going in the refrigerator).

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  67. sally on December 20, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I grew up on peanut fudge. Mom passed and could never find a good recipe
    just made this one and loved it, I only had crunchy peanutbutter and it is excellent. I know my Grand kids are going to love it. I will have to hide it until dinner is over…Thank you

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  68. IsraeliBaker on November 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I found this blog for the first time today, and have already made the blueberry muffins, (with a substitution of chocolate chips and cranberries,) and this peanut butter fudge.
    I love to cook and bake; good genes from my exceptionally brilliant cooks of parents. Currently my husband is getting the lucky role of taste-tester, and I am pretty sure he thinks he has died and gone to heaven!
    I am totally into your ideas, and love the layout and the concise instructions.

    Thanks!

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  69. Michaela on November 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Does it matter if I use regular salted butter instead of unsalted butter ?

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    • Michelle on November 13th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      You can use regular salt, just omit the pinch of salt called for in the recipe.

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  70. Jennifernyc on November 19, 2012 at 12:04 am

    I was searching for a recipe because my boyfriend loves pb fudge and is begging me to make it lol. So i am making it for Thanksgiving (: This one looks like a good recipe so I am going to give it a try. The others i saw online I looked at the reviews said too sweet, greasy, etc.

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  71. sandy on November 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I made the fudge this morning, but had to keep soaking the butter off the top. Is 1 1/4 cup the right amount?

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    • Michelle on November 22nd, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Sandy, Yes, 1.25 cups is the correct amount.

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  72. Amber on November 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I made this recipe today for our Thanksgiving dinner and it was by far the best peanut butter fudge I have ever made and this is a very simple recipe. Thank you!

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  73. kathryn on December 1, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Would this work for candy molds? I have Christmas shaped molds I want to use. This will be my first time making peanut butter fudge. I’m excited to try it. Yummy Christmas presents are the best!

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    • Michelle on December 2nd, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Hi Kathryn, I’ve never done anything with candy molds, so I’m afraid I couldn’t say for sure. If you go ahead and try it, I’d love to hear how it turned out!

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  74. college cooks on January 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    We whisked the powdered sugar instead of stirring it and the oil separated from the solid mix. Any suggestions? Apart from from not doing that again of course. It is a good way to extract peanut oil from peanut butter though haha.

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  75. Christine on February 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, I made this today for my husband (he’s had a rough week at work) and it’s been setting in the fridge for four hours now, yet still isn’t set completely. I just now tried to cut a small square out and it’s DELICIOUS, but almost needs to be eaten with a fork as it’s quite soft and doesn’t hold its square shape. I had to dig it out of the pan with a spoon. Is this normal, will it eventually reach the right solidity or did I do something wrong?

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    • Michelle on February 21st, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Hi Christine, I can’t remember how long mine took to set, but if it’s been 4 hours it should be close by now. Did you bring the mixture to a FULL boil before taking it off the heat? That’s the most likely reason as to why this didn’t set up for you.

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  76. Marjorie on September 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I made these last night for my family. This was my first attempt ever at making fudge. Honestly, I never even looked it up because I thought it was extremely hard to make. It was so easy, everything turned out perfect, the consistency, the texture, the flavor :p The only negative of the recipe…I had to wait an hour to eat it. This recipe was wonderful and I will be adding it my Christmas candy gift list.

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  77. Leigha on October 31, 2013 at 1:10 am

    After a couple years of repeatedly coming back to this recipe, I need to comment! I live in India where sometimes the little comforts of home (the US) are hard to come by. This recipe was one of the first things I made in our new house, over a little camping type stove! I made it for a group of expat ladies who all immediately asked for the recipe. I sent them here. I now know of at least 5 people who make this regularly! I came back today because I am going to make it as Diwali gifts for our employees. :)

    Thank you so so much for your awesome blog! I use it so often here. Makes me feel like home isn’t too far away!

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  78. Mary @ Redo 101 on November 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This looks so yummy, I’ve never made peanut butter fudge but this is the year. I’ve printed your recipe and pinned it, too. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Mary

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  79. Melisa on December 21, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I found and made a reciepe off Facebook, but this ne calls for powderd sugar and I still have some of that. Going to try this one next. My first year making candy. Yaaaa

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  80. Bobbie on December 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Could you replace the peanutbutter with chocolate chips ? Your receipe is great and I would like my chocolate to be as easy. Would it be as good??

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    • Michelle on December 25th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Bobbie, I’ve never tried that and I’m not sure you would get the same results. It certainly couldn’t hurt to try, though!

      Reply

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