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Peanut Butter Fudge Cooking View

Do you think there is a group around the holidays such as fudge-aholics anonymous?  Because I need it.  Maybe I will be the founding member.  The leftover fudge from our holiday party is becoming a real problem for me.  Not this peanut butter fudge though, because it disappeared before the others.  It’s smooth and peanut buttery and all kinds of awesome.  And it only uses four ingredients that you already have.  And it takes four minutes to make – no really.  Are you in the kitchen making it yet?   What are you waiting for?  To me this is a perfect addition to any holiday baking agenda because it is so irresistible, yet so incredibly simple to make.  It’s a little bit dangerous…

Peanut Butter Fudge
Yield: 64 1-inch pieces

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. confectioners' sugar
Cooking View

Directions

  • Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.  Lightly grease with butter.  Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.  Remove from the microwave, stir, and microwave on full power for 2 minutes more.

  • Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave.  Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar to the bowl.  Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until evenly combined.  The mixture will become difficult to stir and lose its sheen.

  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.  Place an additional piece of parchment directly on the surface of the fudge.  Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours.  Use a large knife to cut into 1-inch pieces.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Braman-Duarte/100000682511378 Paula Braman-Duarte

    Beautiful pic, as always, Annie. And, oh, that fudge….why do I get such a craving for fudge around this time of year??? Will be making this over the weekend to bring a treat into the teachers on Monday, thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Braman-Duarte/100000682511378 Paula Braman-Duarte

    Beautiful pic, as always, Annie. And, oh, that fudge….why do I get such a craving for fudge around this time of year??? Will be making this over the weekend to bring a treat into the teachers on Monday, thanks.

  • Laura Fletcher

    I’m pretty sure this is the same pb fudge that my mom makes every year. It is just not Christmas until I’ve had a few (er, pounds) of it. :)

  • Laura Fletcher

    I’m pretty sure this is the same pb fudge that my mom makes every year. It is just not Christmas until I’ve had a few (er, pounds) of it. :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m having this in the form of buckeyes today but doing it of fudge is a nice change of pace I’ll have to put into practice in the spring when everyone is ready to start eating treats again after the sugar coma of the season! :-) Yum!

  • AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    I’m having this in the form of buckeyes today but doing it of fudge is a nice change of pace I’ll have to put into practice in the spring when everyone is ready to start eating treats again after the sugar coma of the season! :-) Yum!

  • Mom24

    Okay, I’m confused, when I clicked through from my reader I got taken to a different page w/o a recipe, then when I clicked on the post title I got taken here…is that intentional to have to go to two different places?

  • Aimee

    My mom makes this exact fudge! It is so tasty and so easy to make.

  • Aimee

    My mom makes this exact fudge! It is so tasty and so easy to make.

  • Katrina

    This sounds lovely!

  • Katrina

    This sounds lovely!

  • Katiemadden11

    This sounds so unbelievably easy. Definitely going home and making this after work! Thanks Annie!

  • Katiemadden11

    This sounds so unbelievably easy. Definitely going home and making this after work! Thanks Annie!

  • Anonymous

    Looks yummy! Just needs some CHOCOLATE!! ;)

  • cherronjcsluv

    Looks yummy! Just needs some CHOCOLATE!! ;)

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    My Dear, this looks about as close to perfect as fudge can get. I’m going on a spree this weekend! This, and Josie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough fudge she posted this week. Can’t waaiiiit…

  • http://www.blognewblack.com Blog is the New Black

    Looks delicious and sounds easy! PS- loving the new site! :)

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    My Dear, this looks about as close to perfect as fudge can get. I’m going on a spree this weekend! This, and Josie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough fudge she posted this week. Can’t waaiiiit…

  • http://www.blognewblack.com Blog is the New Black

    Looks delicious and sounds easy! PS- loving the new site! :)

  • Anonymous

    No, it may be an issue with your browser. We’re still working out all the kinks but once you are on the actual page (not in a reader), you should be able to see the recipe at this time. The recipes are not yet available through the reader and that is taking a little more time to work out.

  • annieseats

    No, it may be an issue with your browser. We’re still working out all the kinks but once you are on the actual page (not in a reader), you should be able to see the recipe at this time. The recipes are not yet available through the reader and that is taking a little more time to work out.

  • Heather

    I waited all about zero minutes, it’s cooling in the fridge now.

  • Heather

    I waited all about zero minutes, it’s cooling in the fridge now.

  • Patti T.

    Loving the new look of the blog. The printer friendly button will be a great addition. I actually see a lot of new useful things. Thank you so much for your hard work in binging this to your faithful readers.

  • Patti T.

    Loving the new look of the blog. The printer friendly button will be a great addition. I actually see a lot of new useful things. Thank you so much for your hard work in binging this to your faithful readers.

  • CJ

    I made this fudge last week to give away and had to make another batch because we ate the first one. Oops!

  • CJ

    I made this fudge last week to give away and had to make another batch because we ate the first one. Oops!

  • en

    i LOVE peanut butter fudge, but have such bad luck picking recipes for it. i’ve been looking for a good recipe i’m so excited!! thanks, annie!!!

  • en

    i LOVE peanut butter fudge, but have such bad luck picking recipes for it. i’ve been looking for a good recipe i’m so excited!! thanks, annie!!!

  • Michelle

    This is by far my favorite blog. Your recipes and photography are amazing. I will be making this fudge the second I walk in my door after work. Thanks again Annie!

  • Michelle

    This is by far my favorite blog. Your recipes and photography are amazing. I will be making this fudge the second I walk in my door after work. Thanks again Annie!

  • Kelsey

    Ummm…ding ding ding. This is a winner for the treat tins I’ll be making over the weekend!

  • Kelsey

    Ummm…ding ding ding. This is a winner for the treat tins I’ll be making over the weekend!

  • http://arismenu.com Ari @ Ari’s Menu

    Can you imagine if you made this with the new TJ’s cookie butter?

  • http://arismenu.com Ari @ Ari’s Menu

    Can you imagine if you made this with the new TJ’s cookie butter?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much!

  • annieseats

    Thank you so much!

  • Anonymous

    It is functioning for most users but is incompatible with certain browsers right now. We’re working on it.

  • Anonymous

    Yes!

  • annieseats

    It is functioning for most users but is incompatible with certain browsers right now. We’re working on it.

  • annieseats

    Yes!

  • Monica

    How terrible would it be if I used salted butter?

  • Monica

    How terrible would it be if I used salted butter?

  • Danielle

    Did you HAVE to post this today? I was already making 8 different types of treats today…and this tempted me into the 9th! Peanut butter fudge is soooo irresistable

  • Danielle

    Did you HAVE to post this today? I was already making 8 different types of treats today…and this tempted me into the 9th! Peanut butter fudge is soooo irresistable

  • Anonymous

    Not terrible.

  • annieseats

    Not terrible.

  • Tammy

    Yes this is wonderful, I had forgotten about this I used to make this many years ago. Sometimes if your peanut butter is not hot enough or maybe its too hot the powdered sugar gets really hard and you have a crumbles for fudge. I like the microwaving idea. Can’t wait to try it again thaks for reminding me!
    Love the new blog features!!

  • Tammy

    Yes this is wonderful, I had forgotten about this I used to make this many years ago. Sometimes if your peanut butter is not hot enough or maybe its too hot the powdered sugar gets really hard and you have a crumbles for fudge. I like the microwaving idea. Can’t wait to try it again thaks for reminding me!
    Love the new blog features!!

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com/ Ann P.

    Amazing recipe–simple, quick, and no one would know it was so easy to make, judging by how delicious it sounds! Another winner, Annie :)

  • http://atthepatisserie.wordpress.com/ Ann P.

    Amazing recipe–simple, quick, and no one would know it was so easy to make, judging by how delicious it sounds! Another winner, Annie :)

  • LindseyMKM

    This is delicious! So simple yet so tasty. Thank you!

  • LindseyMKM

    This is delicious! So simple yet so tasty. Thank you!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com Nikki

    Four minutes? NICE!! Did you just convince me to add this to my Christmas baskets? Why, yes, you did!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com Nikki

    Four minutes? NICE!! Did you just convince me to add this to my Christmas baskets? Why, yes, you did!

  • Ellie

    Annie, you have inspired me to start my own blog.

  • Ellie

    Annie, you have inspired me to start my own blog.

  • Ash N Madi

    I didn’t wait AT ALL- as soon as I read this, I got in the kitchen. This fudge is so good, it’s dangerous! Think of it as a peanut butter cookie, in fudge form. So tasty.

  • Ash N Madi

    I didn’t wait AT ALL- as soon as I read this, I got in the kitchen. This fudge is so good, it’s dangerous! Think of it as a peanut butter cookie, in fudge form. So tasty.

  • Christine

    ive never thought of adding fudge to my list of cooking baking. And I love peanut butter fudge. I’ll be making this tomorrow along with the rest of the cookies. This looks delicious and I know the family will be surprised!!!!

  • Christine

    ive never thought of adding fudge to my list of cooking baking. And I love peanut butter fudge. I’ll be making this tomorrow along with the rest of the cookies. This looks delicious and I know the family will be surprised!!!!

  • Danielle

    Hi Annie,

    Love your blog — I can’t even count how many of your recipes I have tried myself and they always turn out well!! Should the mixture be crumbly when you mix in the powdered sugar?

    Thanks!
    Danielle

  • Danielle

    Hi Annie,

    Love your blog — I can’t even count how many of your recipes I have tried myself and they always turn out well!! Should the mixture be crumbly when you mix in the powdered sugar?

    Thanks!
    Danielle

  • Anonymous

    Maybe a little bit, but not super crumbly. it needs to be able to hold together when you press it into the pan.

  • annieseats

    Maybe a little bit, but not super crumbly. it needs to be able to hold together when you press it into the pan.

  • http://fourandtwentyblackberries.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    This look absolutely amazing! Is there someway I could incorporate chocolate into it?

  • http://fourandtwentyblackberries.blogspot.com Elizabeth

    This look absolutely amazing! Is there someway I could incorporate chocolate into it?

  • http://www.whattastyfood.com Kelsey

    Only four ingredients? Hellllzzyeaaahh

  • http://www.whattastyfood.com Kelsey

    Only four ingredients? Hellllzzyeaaahh

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marie-Claude-Paquette/643480351 Marie-Claude Paquette

    Making this tomorrow morning! I am so glad that I have all the ingredients!
    Thanks Annie for constantly sharing recipes that are exactly what I need, when I need it!

  • mariescuisine

    Making this tomorrow morning! I am so glad that I have all the ingredients!
    Thanks Annie for constantly sharing recipes that are exactly what I need, when I need it!

  • Nettiemoore11

    I love peanut butter and I’m off to make this yummy treat!

    Nettie

  • Nettiemoore11

    I love peanut butter and I’m off to make this yummy treat!

    Nettie

  • Corrie Long

    Oh my goodness!! I just made this heavenly fudge, and it was SO good! Yours is the only food blog I read and I always look forward to your perfect recipes for my family!

  • Corrie Long

    Oh my goodness!! I just made this heavenly fudge, and it was SO good! Yours is the only food blog I read and I always look forward to your perfect recipes for my family!

  • http://www.zippycustomcakes.com Ruth

    Wonderful. I got on the computer to find a fudge recipe for my holiday tins, and here it was- just meant to be! Thank you so much! My husband will gobble up anything caramel or peanut butter related so hopefully they will make survive him. By the way, I LOVE the new layout of your blog, the search box is especially easy to find now. My family lives by many of your recipes- they are always amazing and even have my two toddlers gobbling down dinner. Thanks again!

  • http://www.zippycustomcakes.com Ruth

    Wonderful. I got on the computer to find a fudge recipe for my holiday tins, and here it was- just meant to be! Thank you so much! My husband will gobble up anything caramel or peanut butter related so hopefully they will make survive him. By the way, I LOVE the new layout of your blog, the search box is especially easy to find now. My family lives by many of your recipes- they are always amazing and even have my two toddlers gobbling down dinner. Thanks again!

  • paige morrison

    Does it have to be melted in the microwave? We don’t use them. Can I do this on the stove?

  • paigemorrison

    Does it have to be melted in the microwave? We don’t use them. Can I do this on the stove?

  • Amy

    What is that????? Sounds good!

  • Amy

    What is that????? Sounds good!

  • Amy

    Oh no! This is a dangerous recipe! I can see myself making this way too often. I love fudge, and peanut butter. The best thing about this one (or the scariest thing, depending on how I look at it) is that I am dairy free, so there are very few easy fudge recipes that I can make. However, I can probably try this with dairy free margarine and even if it is not the best, it will still probably work all too well.
    I love the new format. Thanks!

  • Amy

    Oh no! This is a dangerous recipe! I can see myself making this way too often. I love fudge, and peanut butter. The best thing about this one (or the scariest thing, depending on how I look at it) is that I am dairy free, so there are very few easy fudge recipes that I can make. However, I can probably try this with dairy free margarine and even if it is not the best, it will still probably work all too well.
    I love the new format. Thanks!

  • Claire

    I am happy to share that I substituted Nutella for the peanut butter without any problems. :) Simple recipes like this are the most dangerous because it is too hard not to make them over and over. Happy baking!

  • http://www.simplysweetjustice.com/ Simply Sweet Justice

    I am happy to share that I substituted Nutella for the peanut butter without any problems. :) Simple recipes like this are the most dangerous because it is too hard not to make them over and over. Happy baking!

  • Gemma, UK

    First time poster…. you advise the fudge keeps for about a week at room temp. any chance it can be stored in the fridge and keep a bit longer? Gemma from England. ps Thanks Annie for your inspiration this Christmas.. have used your Hot Chocolate recipe for Pre School teachers gifts.. went down a storm!! xx

  • Gemma, UK

    First time poster…. you advise the fudge keeps for about a week at room temp. any chance it can be stored in the fridge and keep a bit longer? Gemma from England. ps Thanks Annie for your inspiration this Christmas.. have used your Hot Chocolate recipe for Pre School teachers gifts.. went down a storm!! xx

  • Anonymous

    Please see the FAQ page regarding food storage. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding food storage. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    The only way to find out is to try it and see. Good luck!

  • annieseats

    The only way to find out is to try it and see. Good luck!

  • The Hungry Housewife

    mmmmmm. I love love love peanut butter fudge! My Mom makes it for me every year!

  • tinned tomatoes

    I love the idea of adding peanut butter to fudge. Highly addictive, I imagine :)

  • Rosie

    Do you know if it makes a difference using something like Smuckers natural peanut butter instead of a regular Jif-type? I guess the real question is…what did you use?

  • Jenni A Shoe

    Argh…I think my microwave got the butter/peanut butter mixture too hot. When I put in the powdered sugar, it seized up and separated into a very nasty, sludgy mess with a layer of watery butter on top. Henious! Will have to try again….TO THE KITCHEN!

  • Jenni A Shoe

    Argh…I think my microwave got the butter/peanut butter mixture too hot. When I put in the powdered sugar, it seized up and separated into a very nasty, sludgy mess with a layer of watery butter on top. Henious! Will have to try again….TO THE KITCHEN!

  • http://www.thethreelittlepiglets.com/ Jen

    That’s the same exact recipe I have from my grandmother! It’s insanely addictive!!

  • http://www.thethreelittlepiglets.com/ Jen

    That’s the same exact recipe I have from my grandmother! It’s insanely addictive!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh no! I guess that’s the one problem with using the microwave, since they can really vary in their power/intensity. I hope it works out next time!

  • annieseats

    Oh no! I guess that’s the one problem with using the microwave, since they can really vary in their power/intensity. I hope it works out next time!

  • Anonymous

    I used Jif. I know a lot of recipes don’t work as well with natural PBs but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. If you try it let us know how it turns out!

  • annieseats

    I used Jif. I know a lot of recipes don’t work as well with natural PBs but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. If you try it let us know how it turns out!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399984645 Barb Olt

    A friend likes chocolate fudge better. Do you think substituting an 8 ounce block of baking chocolate would work? or some other kind?

  • Maskitchen

    what if it doesn’t get difficult to stir or lose sheen? Add more conf sugar?

  • Keri

    Thanks Annie, I made 3 batches yesterday. One, I made peanut butter on the bottom, and switched nutella out and added on the top. Homemade reeses? Yes. Thanks for posting this recipe, you just made my Christmas a whole lot easier!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I’d add more. It may need to be heated longer.

  • Anonymous

    Try the cappuccino fudge instead, and omit the coffee/espresso if you wish.

  • annieseats

    I don’t think I’d add more. It may need to be heated longer.

  • annieseats

    Try the cappuccino fudge instead, and omit the coffee/espresso if you wish.

  • Christine

    I made this yesterday and sampled it this morning, WOW! DELICIOUS!!! I’m going to have to keep this locked up so that my husband and I dont eat it before Christmas. It tastes just like getting peanut butter fudge from a chocolate/fudge store. Amazing.

  • Jenny

    Note to self:8oz of butter is not the same as 8tbsp of butter. Oops. I really wanted that fudge, now I must wait until I can get more peanut butter.

  • Lauren Ochoa

    I just finished making cappuccino fudge to bring to work tomorrow. This will be the next fudge on my list to make!

  • http://bakerbettie.wordpress.com/ Baker Bettie

    Hi, my name is Bettie and I’m a “sweet-aholic”… It is such a problem around the holidays. There is just too much amazing food! This looks awesome and so simple! YUM.

    Happy Holidays! ~Bettie

  • Tammy

    I made two batches this afternoon for teacher gifts. I had a total brain lapse and only used one stick of butter (4oz) in each one. I guess I was thinking tablespoons instead of ounces. The mixture was very stiff and crumbly but I pressed it into the pans anyway. Then, while making chocolate fudge, realized my mistake. I put the peanut butter mixture in my stand mixer, added a stick of melted butter and mixed til incorporated — much smoother and creamier. Just finished cutting it for packaging and it’s to die for!

  • JulieM

    I made these the morning we were leaving for a weekend in the mountains, so simple and they were devoured!!

  • rm

    Wow that was way too easy! I made it when I got to my mom’s on Friday night. I also had about a 1/3rd of a bag of chocolate chips, so I added those in too when stirring in the powdered sugar. Peanut butter, chocolate = yummy. And the people I shared the fudge with thought so too.

  • PB

    Mine also never managed to become difficult to stir or lose its sheen. I kept reheating, but it got to the point where I was afraid my (microwave-safe) saran wrap was going to melt right into the bowl. I definitely heated the mixture sufficiently, and stirred sufficiently. Oh well. It remained liquid, but I poured it into the pan and stuck it in the fridge. Hope it’ll turn out anyway!

  • Smegster11

    This is the same recipe for fudge that I’ve used for years. Only I melt the butter on the stove, add the confectioner’s sugar & vanilla and combine, then add the peanut butter. I also use chunky peanut butter!

  • Mary

    Another success from your blog, Annie! I was a little nervous because mine did not get difficult to stir or lose its sheen (my microwave may have overheated it) BUT, it was still delicious… and a day later at room temperature, it is insanely addictive! Thank you!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com/ Nikki

    Made these the other day, and they were so good (and easy) that I made a second batch the next day. Thanks, Annie! :)

  • Candice Gibbs

    I had the same issue! Mine is in the fridge now, so hopefully it will turn out the same! Thanks for letting me know I didn’t mess it up! =)

  • Melissa

    MIne had the same problem! I hope it still turns out ok

  • http://indigoscones.blogspot.com/ Ellen

    You microwave the plastic wrap…?

  • Anonymous

    Yep.

  • Wendy

    Mine got thick but not too hard to stir…it’d ding dang good when it’s really hot! :)

  • http://onecooktwokitchens.com/ Lisa

    Thanks Annie. Another home run. And so incredibly easy! Thanks for this recipe. Unfortunately, I did not actually share much of it… I share your addiction to peanut butter…this is deadly.

  • http://www.catelinden.com/ Cate

    Thanks for saving my butt, Tammy! I did the SAME thing, thinking in tablespoons instead of ounces, and was so confused when it was super crumbly and tasted overly like powdered sugar. I got on here to see what I did wrong, saw your comment, and fixed it the same way. Now it’s delicious!

  • Guest

    I microwaved it with Saran wrap covering the bowl and the wrap melted right into the peanut butter mixture…

  • Apryl

    I made mine last night and just pulled it out of the fridge. It is really crumbly when I cut it and doesn’t have a normal “fudge” consistency I’m used to.

    Could I have done something wrong? I followed the directions exactly- though I estimated the confectioners sugar just bu pouring in about half of a 32 ounce bag.

  • annieseats

    The estimation of the sugar probably had something to do with it.

  • NicholeGerber

    Just made this and can’t wait to try it, YUM

  • Littlefoot_5252@yahoo.com

    I made this and it tastes great however it dark in appearance. What did I do wrong?

  • Maria

    Have you ever put a layer of chocolate on this (like a ganache)?

  • annieseats

    No, I haven’t tried that myself.

  • Daniel Morrison

    i don’t use the stove to much as mine went out so i have been researching different ways to make fudge this is the best peanut butter one i have found and easy, i also make a chocolate walnut, white chocolate, and am trying a mint chocolate this year all from the microwave. so far everything else has never lasted a day hope the same on the mint.