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


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


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)


98 Responses to “Peanut Butter Fudge”

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  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.


  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.


  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!!


  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!


  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!


  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.


  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)!


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

    Yum- looks divine!


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

    Peanut Butter fudge is the best! So delicious.


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

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


  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!!!


  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?!


  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.


  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?


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

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


    • 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.


  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 :)


  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!


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

    Ohmygosh, you just made my day.


  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!


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

    glad the natural pb worked out!


  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.


  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!


  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!


  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!


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

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


  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.


  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! 😉


  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.


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

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


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

    Oh yum. I love pb fudge and Buckeyes!


  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!


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

      Mmm love that!


  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!


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

    From one peanut butter fanatic to another, THANKS!


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

    Peanut butter fudge is one of my favorites! Yum!


  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!


  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


  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!


  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.


  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!


    • 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!


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

    they look amazing! may I have some??? 😛 😀


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

    Wow, so easy! I love it! :)


  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!


  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!


  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


  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!


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

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

    Great blog : )


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

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


  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…


  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!


    • 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! :)


  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!


  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!


  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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