Peanut Butter Fudge


Peanut butter fudge is an old-fashioned candy recipe that has become a classic. Just like many old-fashioned recipes, this one calls for a little explanation of ingredients. It’s easy to be intimidated by some of the techniques and ingredients in recipes that have been passed down through generations, but with a little knowledge, almost anyone can make peanut butter fudge.

Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge

This is the most wonderful and creamy peanut butter fudge recipe I’ve ever used. Sharing at work is a breeze.


Original recipe yields 15 servings

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 (16 ounce) package brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners’ sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8×8 inch dish. Chill until firm and cut into squares.

Deliciously Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

This incredibly simple peanut butter fudge recipe will help you perfect your fudge-making skills.

Fudge is a sweet dessert you may enjoy all year long, even in the summer, despite the fact that it is most popular during the holiday season.

And more people than ever are attempting to make delectable sweets in their own kitchens as home cooks. So why not start with something straightforward like this simple recipe for peanut butter fudge.

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Only four ingredients and ten minutes are needed to make this peanut butter fudge recipe. Fudge can be challenging to set, but with my go-to homemade, simple peanut butter fudge recipe, you’ll be making this delightful dessert in no time.

Ingredients Needed for Homemade Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

  • granulated white sugar
  • milk
  • peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • vanilla extract

How To Make Peanut Butter Fudge

  1. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil. Allow to boil for about 2½ minutes, stirring regularly and then remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan and allow to cool until set. Slice into 1-inch squares.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Learn how to make easy chocolate peanut butter fudge with this quick and simple recipe.

Peanut Butter Fudge

  • 10min DURATION
  • 10min COOK TIME
  • About 16 pieces SERVINGS


  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil. Allow to boil for about 2½ minutes, stirring regularly and then remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into the pan and allow to cool until set. Slice into 1-inch squares.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 101
  • Carbohydrate Content: 4 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 1 mg
  • Fat Content: 8 g
  • Protein Content: 4 g
  • Sodium Content: 78 mg

Peanut Butter Fudge

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 14 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 4 min
  • Yield: 64 (1-inch) pieces


  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar


  1. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.) Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen. Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


That’s right, easy peanut butter fudge is ready from start to finish in 10 minutes, with just 5 pantry staples, a spoon and a saucepan. You’ll get the best, creamiest fudge you ever sank your teeth into, guaranteed!

stacked pieces of peanut butter fudge

easy peanut butter fudge

ingredients for peanut butter fudge

5 simple ingredients from the pantry

  • creamy peanut butter ~ I always use Jif
  • unsalted butter
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • salt

why do I use unsalted butter?

I use unsalted butter so that I may regulate the salt content of my meals. Each stick of salted butter contains between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. It is unexpected because there is no standard amount and every brand handles it differently. You can use salted butter in this recipe if you know your butter and prefer a salty peanut flavor; just omit the extra salt.

A bowl of peanut butter fudge

how to make peanut butter fudge without a thermometer

  1. Over a medium heat, combine butter and peanut butter.
  2. As you stir, add the salt, vanilla, and sugar, keeping the pan over low heat to help everything combine.
  3. Use an offset spatula to distribute evenly into a pan that has been lined.
  4. After at least two hours of chilling, cut into little squares.
peanut butter fudge, sliced

Peanuts 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

The legume known as the peanut (Arachis hypogaea) has its roots in South America.

They go by several names, including goobers, earthnuts, and groundnuts.

Despite its name, tree nuts and peanuts are not related. They are linked to beans, lentils, and soy as legumes.

Peanuts are rarely consumed raw in the US. Instead, they are typically eaten roasted or in peanut butter form.

Peanut protein, flour, and oil are other items made from peanuts. These products are used in a wide range of cuisines, including sauces, desserts, cakes, and confectionery.

Protein, fat, and other beneficial nutrients are abundant in peanuts. According to studies, peanuts can help you lose weight and may lower your chance of developing heart disease.

Everything you need to know about peanuts is included in this article.

Nutrition facts

Here are the nutrition facts for 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw peanuts:

  • Calories: 567
  • Water: 7%
  • Protein: 25.8 grams
  • Carbs: 16.1 grams
  • Sugar: 4.7 grams
  • Fiber: 8.5 grams
  • Fat: 49.2 grams
    • Saturated: 6.28 grams
    • Monounsaturated: 24.43 grams
    • Polyunsaturated: 15.56 grams
    • Omega-3: 0 grams
    • Omega-6: 15.56 grams
    • Trans: 0 grams


Peanuts are packed with healthy fats and high-quality protein. They’re also fairly high in calories.

Fat in peanuts

Peanuts contain a lot of fat.

They are actually categorized as oilseeds. The production of peanut oil consumes a significant amount of the world’s harvest of peanuts (arachis oil).

Oleic and linoleic acids make up the majority of the mono- and polyunsaturated fat, which makes up the majority of the fat content, which ranges from 44-56%.


Peanuts are high in fat, consisting mostly of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are often used to make peanut oil.

Peanut proteins

A good source of protein is peanuts.

Peanuts are a fantastic source of plant-based protein because they contain between 22 and 30 percent of their total calories as protein.

The two most prevalent proteins in peanuts, arachin and conarachin, can cause severe allergic reactions in some people that can be fatal.


For a plant food, peanuts are an exceptionally good source of protein. Keep in mind that some people are allergic to peanut protein.


Low carb foods include peanuts.

In truth, only 13–16% of the total weight of the food is made up of carbohydrates.

Peanuts have a very low glycemic index (GI), which is a measurement of how quickly carbohydrates enter your bloodstream after a meal, because they are low in carbohydrates and high in protein, fat, and fiber.

They are therefore suitable for diabetics.


Peanuts are low in carbs. This makes them a good dietary choice for people with diabetes.

Vitamins and minerals

Peanuts are an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals, including

  • Biotin. Peanuts are one of the richest dietary sources of biotin, which is important during pregnancy
  • Copper. A dietary trace mineral, copper is often low in the Western diet. Deficiency may have adverse effects on heart health
  • Niacin. Also known as vitamin B3, niacin has various important functions in your body. It has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease
  • Folate. Also known as vitamin B9 or folic acid, folate has many essential functions and is especially important during pregnancy
  • Manganese. A trace element, manganese is found in drinking water and most foods.
  • Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, this vitamin is often found in high amounts in fatty foods.
  • Thiamine. One of the B vitamins, thiamine is also known as vitamin B1. It helps your body’s cells convert carbs into energy and is essential for the function of your heart, muscles, and nervous system.
  • Phosphorus. Peanuts are a good source of phosphorus, a mineral that plays an essential role in the growth and maintenance of body tissues.
  • Magnesium. An essential dietary mineral with various important functions, sufficient magnesium intake is believed to protect against heart disease


Peanuts are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. These include biotin, copper, niacin, folate, manganese, vitamin E, thiamine, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Peanut Butter Fudge (pudge) FAQ

Is chunky peanut butter acceptable?

I fail to see why not. Even chopped peanuts can be added if you’d like.

Is natural peanut butter acceptable?

Regular peanut butter, in my opinion, produces better results than natural versions, which tend to separate into an oily layer.

Will chocolate chips work?

For the best texture and easiest slicing, I would recommend minis.

Can peanut butter fudge be frozen?

It will indeed freeze wonderfully.

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