Need a super quick and easy dessert that takes only a few minutes to make? Look no further than this peanut butter fudge recipe!
I was in an old-fashioned candy shop the other day and I tried peanut butter fudge for the first time, and it was so simply delicious I decided I had to remake it myself.
And I’m not kidding when I say this recipe comes together within minutes! It just needs a little time in the fridge to set, and voilà! You have yourself a creamy smooth fudge.
This peanut butter fudge is so delicious it’ll be a hit for any occasion!
If you want to take this recipe up a notch, add some chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or flaky sea salt to the mix! This is a great treat to make ahead since it’ll keep in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
For this recipe, all you need is a saucepan or large mixing bowl if you’re using a microwave, a whisk, and a pan to pour the fudge into.
Why Do I Need To Use A Heavy Bottomed Saucepan?
A heavy-bottomed saucepan keeps the sugar and butter from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan.
If you don’t have a heavy-bottomed saucepan, make sure to melt the butter on lower heat. You can also microwave the butter and peanut butter if you would like to.
How Long Will The Fudge Keep?
It will keep for up to 5 days and there is no need to refrigerate it.
I personally keep mine in the refrigerator, but that’s only because I like my fudge cold! You can store it in an airtight container or in plastic wrap at room temperature just fine.
What Peanut Butter Is Best For This Recipe?
For this recipe, I used salted natural peanut butter. If you use unsalted peanut butter, add one teaspoon of salt to the recipe.
Whether you use smooth or chunky peanut butter is up to you. Make sure to find a peanut butter that has no added sugar, or else it will be too sweet.
What Size Pan Should I Use?
I used a 5×7 pan for this recipe, but an 8×8 pan is pretty common for fudge. If you only have a larger pan, you can easily double this recipe.
Can I Make These Vegan?
You can definitely sub out the butter for a vegan butter option or coconut oil as long as you keep them refrigerated.
What If I Only Have Salted Butter?
If you only have salted butter on hand, swap salted for unsalted peanut butter.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good salty-sweet combo, but having the peanut butter and butter both be salted would be a little much for this recipe.
How To Make Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
Assemble your ingredients.
Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter on medium-low heat.
Take the saucepan off the heat and add the vanilla extract salt and half of the powdered sugar.
Whisk the fudge until smooth, then add the second cup of powdered sugar and repeat until smooth. You might have to switch to a spatula to mix the second part because it will start to get a little thick for the whisk.
The mixture should be more of a fudgy consistency now.
Add to your pan and let the fudge set in the fridge for 2 hours.
Keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 sticks (16 tbsp) unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter on medium-low heat.
- Take the saucepan off the heat and add the vanilla extract salt and half of the powdered sugar.
- Whisk the fudge until smooth, then add the second cup of powdered sugar and repeat until smooth. You might have to switch to a spatula to mix the second part because it will start to get a little thick for the whisk. The mixture should be more of a fudgy consistency now.
- Add to your pan and let the fudge set in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g