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.

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Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

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.

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.

I’ve been making this fudge recipe now for over 10 years now and it’s a solid keeper. Without fail, everyone who tastes it requests the recipe immediately.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge

I was so excited to find Alton Brown’s recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge almost ten years ago and it’s become a family and friend favorite over the years.

It 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 and 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.

fudge in box with white parchment

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.

fudge ingredients in bowl

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.

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

melted peanut butter for fudge

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.
ingredients for fudge in mixing bowl with tea towel

PLEASE NOTE: The video for this recipe was made with 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.

This simple four-ingredient recipe is made with real butter. The results can’t be guaranteed if you choose to substitute margarine or another butter alternative. The fudge might be greasy and might not even set up without the original ingredients.

fudge made with peanut butter in mixing bowl
How to Make Microwave Fudge

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

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.

fudge on cutting board

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!

close up photo of peanut butter fudge

Easy Fudge Recipes

There are so many terrific fudge recipes that my family loves. The 5 Minute 5 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge I linked above has become 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 has been a huge hit as well and I highly recommend you add it to your holiday baking list.

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.

If you like this Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge, you might also enjoy this White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from Real Housemoms.

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 to pull together that making two or three different kinds at once is a cinch. Fudge also makes a fantastic teacher or hostess gift! 

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fudge in box with white parchment

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

4.52 from 101 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.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 48 1-inch squares

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Microwave Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

Stovetop Directions

  • 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.

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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{originally published 12/10/13 – notes and photos updated 10/4/22}

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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. Amy says

    Could this be made with “raw peanut butter or almond butter” that is not a peanut butter spread? I’m worried that the consistency might be different. Just wondering if anyone has tried that. Love all your recipes. Thank you!

    • Mary Younkin says

      Amy – that is a great question and I have honestly not tried it. A quick thought would be if you have the oils thoroughly mixed in the nut butter, it should work. This recipe is so easily scaled up or down, maybe try a 1/2 or 1/4 batch first and see if it turns out for you. If I get a chance I will try it and let you know. In the meantime, if you try it, please fill me in. 🙂
      I am so glad you enjoy this site, creating and sharing recipes is so much fun to do!

    • Mary Younkin says

      Amy – I tried this last night with some raw almond butter I had. I found that it was definitely oilier than traditional peanut butter. So as you work with this recipe you will need to decrease the butter some and/or increase the powdered sugar. It is hard to say by how much because I have found the oil content does vary in the natural butter products. Bottomline though it does set up in the refrigerator and become the fudge texture you are looking for.

  2. Annabelle says

    Question – Most all of your other fudges have a clean and smooth sides after cutting. This Peanut butter
    fudges has lots of crumbs on the side. Is there a way to cut it so they have the smooth look?
    I’m sure it is delicious from all the great reviews, just wondering how one could “neaten” it up. Thanks for all you share with us.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Annabelle – You caught me. 🙂 Letting it chill completely in the refrigerator and being patient while cutting probably would have helped the appearance of crumbs and given a smoother edge to the cut sides. I can promise you though it tastes amazing and your crowd with devour it!

    • Arlene Iaconelli says

      Like they said put fudge in the freezer also use a hot water by placing knife in hot water each time you cut also helps keep you edges cleaner i have seen online people use these old ice tray looking things that are metal squares i am sure the sell new ones nowadays i was thinking if you made the fudge thin enough you might be able to use cookie cutters i plan on making this tomorrow i will try to post pictures and feed back as to how it goes thank you for all you great tips trick and recipes

  3. Goldie L Frederick says

    I make this fudge often my family LOVES IT and it is so easy to make. Yummy and you can make Buckeyes out of this recipe!!!!5 stars

  4. Mary F Brown says

    Hi Mary, this fudge is really good. I found some mini pretzels on sale after Halloween and i crushed them up and mixed them in, oh my I had to give half away!! thanks for so many great recipes!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      A little salty crunch in the fudge is perfect, Mary. I completely understand when it comes to getting it out of the house. I have the same problem when I make it. Enjoy!

  5. Josie says

    This fudge is now my secret holiday weapon! My family loved it, I’m gonna gain so much weight this holiday season but if it comes in the form of this fudge I won’t even care.

    I did a dumb thing, though, and left it out on the counter a couple days, and the flavor profile changed: it turned kinda plastic in taste, the peanut butter went from rich to highly artificial tasting. VERY important to keep these in an airtight container!!!5 stars

  6. Virginia N. says

    I want to make the peanut butter fudge. Do you sift the powdered sugar first. If not will any lumps dissolve completely . Does 1/2 recipe make quite a bit

    • Mary Younkin says

      Sifting powdered sugar is always a good idea. I am not sure how you define a lot but I will say it is a very rich fudge so I cut my pieces extremely small.

  7. Arlene Iaconelli says

    Was curious how this would be using chunky peanut butter as well as the honey roasted chunky peanut butter?

  8. Lisa weller says

    I just read this.
    I never made fudge before
    Can you use a no salt butter ?
    And when you go by recipe does that make a whole pan.5 stars

  9. Racheal Mouret says

    2nd review… The first batch made was plain, the 2nd batch we added butterfinger bits into the mix. This was extra delicious and elevated this to a new level!

  10. Cathy says

    My fudge turned out perfect. My husband loved it. Also, I use a pizza cutter to cut it up after I remove it from the pan, clean cut!5 stars

  11. Bonita Hutchins says

    I’m using the recipe for creamy peanut butter fudge why would I have to put it in the refrigerator it has no milk

    • Mary Younkin says

      I recommend the microwave every time, Carolyn. It’s both easier and harder to mess up that way. If you prefer to work on the stovetop, just watch very closely.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Sheryl, if you scroll down to the printable recipe card, all of the measurements are there. You can also click the handy “jump top recipe” button at the top of the page.