I’ve never tasted anything made from peanut butter that I didn’t like.
I’m THAT person.
I eat peanut butter by the spoonful almost every day. It’s often my “I don’t have time for breakfast” solution or my mid-afternoon slump rescue food.
I like peanut butter creamy. And crunchy. And with stuff mixed in.
Go to West Lafayette, IN, and visit the Triple X diner, and you’ll meet one of my favorite burgers. It’s called the Duane Purvis and yes, it has peanut butter smeared on that warm, grilled patty.
Guy Fieri from the Food Network LOVES this burger. The sweet and savory combination is a tastebud surprise. Don’t knock it until you try it!
So, I think you get the idea. I’m a peanut butter lover, no matter how you serve it!
Peanut Butter Fudge
This brings me to this easy recipe for peanut butter fudge.
I’m a little perplexed by why making fudge has always been seen as something time-consuming and tricky. As you’ll see with this recipe, only a few ingredients are needed and the prep time is minimal. That’s my kind of recipe!!
I used to make this fudge for my Dad, who loved peanut butter as much as I do. For his version, I would chop up Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and mash them into the top of the fudge.
This creamy and flavorful fudge is good on its own, but if you want to jazz it up, chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, white chocolate or chopped pretzels are all nice additions.
So, are you ready to get a little nutty? Let the magic of peanut butter fudge-making begin!
This is such an easy recipe! Perfect for a "gift of food" during the holidays, or anytime that peanut butter craving hits!
- 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted powdered sugar (sift first, then measure)
- optional add ins: Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, chopped candy, pretzels or nuts
- Over very low heat, in a 2 qt. sauce pan, melt butter and peanut butter. Do not let this come to boil. Stir occasionally. As soon as all is melted together remove from heat.
- Add vanilla to the peanut butter mixture.
- In a large bowl, add powdered sugar.
- Add peanut butter mixture to powdered sugar. Mix together with a sturdy spoon. The fudge has a heavy, consistency.
- Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment or foil. I like to leave some hanging over the sides to make it easier to remove fudge for cutting.
- Press fudge into the square pan, using your hands at first and then smoothing the surface with the back of a spoon. If you adding any extra goodies (chocolate chips etc.) press those into the top of the fudge with your hands and then smooth down with the back of the spoon.
- Cover with foil and put in refrigerator for several hours to firm.
- Lift out of pan with foil/parchment overlap and cut into squares.
This is will keep in the refrigerator for about a week in a covered container.
There’s a little warning that should come with the peanut butter fudge recipe: It’s creamy and flavorful and DECADENT! A little will go a long way, so don’t be afraid to cut this into smaller squares. One bite and you’ll know!
The holiday season is busy for all of us. But for me, I never want to be so busy that I can’t bake, make, and take delicious treats to my family and friends!
That’s why this easy peanut butter fudge recipe is always part of my “must make” recipe assortment. I hope it becomes one of your go-to recipes too.
From my kitchen to yours,
PS: If you are a true fudge lover, be sure to check out my Cookies and Cream Fudge recipe too!