Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

I hope you all had a good weekend that some of you were able to enjoy an extended weekend. We were blessed with a three day weekend, however, most of it was spent seeing which one of us could go through the most tissues and drink the most tea! My poor husband got my cold and then gave it back to me. (We like to share!) Since neither one of us had much energy, we didn’t do much!

This fudge, however, can be made even when you have no energy. If you find out in the morning that you forgot a hostess gift for that evening’s dinner party or you just want something easy to give at holiday parties, this is your perfect gift! This quick & easy peanut butter fudge takes about 30 minutes to make with no candy thermometer needed. Stick it in the fridge and it will be ready for you in an hour. Garnish it with nuts or M&M’s or nothing! I have made it every year around the holidays, and it has always been a hit. Plus, you can make this up to two weeks ahead of time. Just make sure to keep it refrigerated and you’ll have fresh fudge ready and waiting!

I was looking at the notes next to the recipe that I have adapted over the years and I first made it nine years ago! So, if I could figure out how to make it when I was in high school and have made it every year since, you can definitely whip this fudge up in no time!

Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 36 pieces


  • 2 1/2 C sugar
  • 2/3 C evaporated milk
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
  • 6 oz. vanilla candy coating, chopped
  • 2/3 C creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C mini M&M’s
  • 1/4 C peanuts, chopped


  1. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8×8 or 9×9 inch pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, stir together evaporated milk and sugar. Add in butter. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
  3. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil and boil for 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in marshmallow creme, candy coating, and peanut butter until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla until well-combined.
  5. Pour fudge into buttered pan. Spread with a spatula to even the top.
  6. Sprinkle with M&M’s and chopped peanuts. Lightly press into the top.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to cool and set. Cut into pieces.
  8. Store in the the refrigerator up to two weeks.

This recipe is adapted from the Vanilla Fudge recipe from theย Pillbury Complete Cookbook.

This recipe is linked with Crazy Sweet Tuesday, Sweet Treats and Swanky Stuff,ย Trick or Treat Tuesday, Wonderful Food Wednesday.

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  1. Peanut butter fudge is my favorite!!! Love it when it’s quick and easy too!

  2. this looks great! Does it stay soft? my mom’s fudge recipe gets really hard right away.

  3. Does that ever look good! I hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. I love the added M&M’s and peanuts! This looks heavenly, Jessica!

  5. I hope you are feeling better. Colds are no fun. Of course eating some judge like medicine might help:-) This sounds amazing. The peanuts and m&m’s on top are so fun!!!

  6. This looks like it’s so simple but tastes sooooo good!

  7. o boy…these look irresistible!

  8. I’ve made peanut butter fudge before and it is totally the BEST. I love how you made it more photogenic by smothering it in colorful candy! Looks so delicious!

  9. PB fudge sounds like the best medicine ever ๐Ÿ˜‰ hope you’re feeling better!

  10. Peanut butter fudge sounds great! Love the toppings too!

  11. i wish i had a piece of that fudge right now!! yum!

  12. What a fun treat! I love peanut butter… eat it straight out of the jar sometimes. I would love this fudge… especially with those beautiful M&Ms. :) PS… Love your photographs… can I ask what camera/lens/software you use? I am trying to educate myself on it all… :)

  13. I love how easy this is! And great for the holidays coming up. I love the addition of M&Ms…I might make these with the Christmas M&Ms to make them extra festive. :)

  14. I Love the idea of adding m&m’s to peanut butter fudge – what a perfect combo!

  15. I looove fudge and simple, easy fudge recipes are my favorites. This looks absolutely delicious!

  16. YES PLEASE! These would be so perfect as a holiday gift too!

  17. Yes, please! Love peanut butter fudge, especially EASY peanut butter fudge! I hope you’re both feeling better soon!

  18. I love fudge, a perfect edible gift!

  19. Love it!! I will be making this also, I have never made fudge! Thanks for sharing with us!

  20. Peanut butter fudge is one of my favorites. My grandmother used to make it every year at Christmas. I’m going to have to try this recipe this year. :-) Hope you and your hubby are feeling better!

  21. How did you know peanut butter fudge was my favorite? You know I’m going to have to have some of this. Pinned!

  22. Yum! Bookmarking this for the holidays. Do I have to share it though?

  23. Hubs mom used to make a peanut butter fudge, he called it “Home made soap candy” because of the color. Maybe I can make this recipe to bring back memories of her for him.

  24. Did you generously share your cold with me? Because right now I’m clutching a tissue and trying desperately to maintain my sense of taste so I can make this fudge and enjoy it shamelessly while I’m sick on the couch! Haha. It looks SO simple and delicious, Jess. And the fact that it can be made without a candy thermom (they give me the heebie jeebies) is awesome!

  25. How much fun is this?? Looks so easy and so much fun AND so delicious!

  26. Ok, wow. This looks amazing. Definitely something I would devour in an instant!

  27. great idea on how to serve the fudge…love in the cups…pinning this one my boys would oh so love well and mommy too!

  28. Yum! I totally love peanutbutter fudge! I have a recipe I normally whip up in the microwave but this one looks a lot more decadent :)

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