Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

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I’m not exaggerating when I say this Peanut Butter Fudge is one of the best fudges I’ve ever tasted. Rich, creamy, over-the-top fudge that is so easy to make, you might laugh.

My brother tasted this creamy fudge at my house years ago and called us the very next night for the recipe. He couldn’t stop thinking about it and needed to make it right away.

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I gave him the recipe and he couldn’t believe this was all there is to it. With just four ingredients, this is one of the best peanut butter fudge recipes I’ve ever tasted, and it is also beyond simple to make.

This fudge is an awesome way to impress someone with a gift that takes just minutes to put together. I can’t think of anyone who likes peanut butter who wouldn’t be excited to receive a box full of this during the holidays.

Put this recipe on your Christmas treat list now and skip the baking! It’s perfect to snack on while you’re wrapping gifts or for enjoying next to a crackling fireplace with the ones you love.

Peanut Butter Fudge

With all the attention we give chocolate fudge, I think the goodness of peanut butter fudge gets overlooked.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all kinds of chocolate fudge from Chocolate Almond Fudge  to this Chocolate Covered Oreo Fudge and everything in between.

Peanut butter fudge brings images of childhood to mind, noses pressed up against confectionary cases, selecting the perfect square fudge to bring home.

The simple combination of sweet, creamy and salty remains a favorite for kids and adults alike.

You only need a few ingredients to make this Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Fudge Recipes

There are so many terrific fudge recipes that my family loves. This 5 Minute 5 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge is everyone’s go-to recipe and it’s a favorite all year long.

I’ve used that basic recipe as the foundation for tons of different variations on chocolate fudge and it’s the one I find myself coming back to the most often.

White Chocolate Caramel Fudge and Buckeye Fudge are huge hits as well and I highly recommend you add them to your holiday baking list. The Buckeye Fudge actually uses this creamy peanut butter fudge recipe as its base, then adds a layer of chocolate fudge on top.

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

We love vanilla fudge around here, too, for a change of pace. Give this Vanilla Walnut Fudge a try next time you’re in the mood for an easy fudge recipe that doesn’t use chocolate or peanut butter. Cranberry Macadamia Nut Fudge is another treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.

I like to create gift bags or boxes with a few different kinds of fudge in them to give as gifts to friends and family throughout the holidays.

These fudge recipes are so easy that making two or three different kinds at once is a cinch. Fudge is also a fantastic teacher or hostess gift! 

In only takes a few minutes in the microwave to make this EASY Peanut Butter Fudge - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

The secret to making peanut butter fudge with the right consistency is in the powdered sugar. It dissolves into the fudge smoothly without any grittiness at all.

You can melt everything in the microwave or on the stove-top. However you make it, it’s dangerously easy. Your kids are likely to start requesting this fudge regularly.

Thankfully, this is a recipe that’s easy enough for them to learn how to make on their own! Plus, with no stovetop cooking required, you can teach them to make this fudge without fear of burn accidents.

In only takes 4 ingredients and a microwave to make this EASY Peanut Butter Fudge - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

How to Make Microwave Fudge

This recipe uses a microwave method for melting the ingredients together.

While I’m not usually a fan of microwave cooking, nothing beats being able to melt baking ingredients to the perfect consistency in just moments. It only takes 90 seconds of cook time to soften the peanut butter and butter to the right consistency, plus a few seconds of mixing.

Add the powdered sugar to the other ingredients and mix well until the powdered sugar dissolves.

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge is so easy to make, it's going to become your new go-to candy this Christmas! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

If you don’t happen to be a fan of the microwave, or don’t have one, you can easily melt the butter and peanut butter in a double boiler on the stove top. It will just take a few minutes longer. Heat the mixture over low-medium heat and stir well to combine before adding the powdered sugar.

I love this fudge cut into 1-inch squares to make it easy to share. This fudge pairs beautifully with an ice-cold glass of milk, a hot cup of coffee or a mug of tea!

Kitchen Tip: I use these bowls and this spatula to make this recipe.

PLEASE NOTE: The above video for this recipe is a HALF recipe for this fudge. The recipe can easily be halved or doubled or multiplied however you like. As pictured in the video, the fudge should be firm and almost crumbly when mixed together and pressed into the pan. It should not be liquid at all.

ALSO, this simple four-ingredient recipe is made with real butter. It absolutely will not work with margarine or a butter substitute. The fudge will be greasy and might not even set up.

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge {unbelievably easy with just 4 simple ingredients!} - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

  1. Combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 90 seconds.

  2. Stir to combine, it should come together very quickly and be smooth and creamy.

  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup or so at a time. Stir to combine thoroughly.

  4. Grease an 8-9″ pan with butter or line with parchment. Transfer the fudge mixture to the pan and press into the pan.

  5. Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

As noted above – this fudge is delicious just as is but would also be a great canvas for adding mix-ins and toppings as well. I layered it with my 5 Minute Chocolate Fudge recipe to create Buckeye Fudge–a treat all of us found irresistible!

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Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

4.56 from 67 votes
Rich, creamy over-the-top peanut buttery fudge is so easy to make, even the kids can make it. This is one of the best peanut butter fudge recipes I’ve ever tasted, and it is beyond simple to make. This recipe is gently adapted from Alton Brown's recipe.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 48 1-inch squares

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup butter (do not use margarine, it will not work)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • DIRECTIONS for the microwave: Combine the peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine, it should come together very quickly and be smooth and creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup or so at a time. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  • DIRECTIONS for the stove-top: Combine the peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir to combine, it should come together very quickly and be smooth and creamy. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the powdered sugar a cup or so at a time. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Grease an 8-9" pan with butter or line with parchment. Transfer the fudge mixture to the pan and press into the pan. Chill for at least 4 hours before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal · Carbohydrates: 9g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Cholesterol: 10mg · Sodium: 58mg · Potassium: 36mg · Sugar: 9g · Vitamin A: 120IU · Calcium: 3mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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If you like this Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge, you might also enjoy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from She Wears Many Hats and this White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from Real Housemoms.

{originally published 12/10/13 – notes and photos updated 12/18/19}

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge is the easiest fudge ever and everyone loves it! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Dale says

    I made this fudge, it turned out great. My friends loved and couldn’t get enough .
    Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  2. Laura says

    Going to give this a go. I love peanut butter…… thinking of melting a few choc chips to guild the lily!

  3. Bob Hampton says

    Really enjoyed the peanut butter fudge but am a little concerned about your nutrition information. Is it really 99,000 calories?

    Nutrition
    Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Bob, the “calorie” we refer to in food is actually kilocalorie. One (1) kilocalorie is the same as one (1) calorie. That’s why the system records it as kcals.

  4. Randall baker says

    I made peanut butter fudge once using regular sugar power sugar Can milk vanilla extra and butter was the best ever has anyone seen this recipe anywhere I bought the ingredients but can’t find it.

  5. Joyce says

    So delicious and so easy in the microwave! My family really enjoyed it! I wanted to make it again, but I only have a stick of butter left. Should I make any adjustments to the recipe or can I just use one stick of butter? Thank you!5 stars

  6. Marilyn Parisi says

    All the fudge recipes sound awesome! I have a real sweet tooth. It seems I don’t have all the ingredients on hand today; bummer!

  7. Emma Lucas says

    This sounds like a really simple way to make fudge. I have been making fudge the old fashion way for years and love the idea of you recipes. Do you have a shortcut way to make divinity?

  8. JoAnne says

    Who knew back in our Grandmother or even Mother’s day, we would be able to make fudge so easy. Along with many other recipes. No reason no one can’t learn to cook, which I’ve always been a cook.5 stars

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