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Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

This Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is easy and forgiving! No candy thermometer is needed to make this creamy fudge that is sure to become a family favorite!

Fudge is a candy that sometimes has a reputation for being difficult to make. Not this Easy Peanut Butter Fudge!

You don’t even need a candy thermometer to make it!

Side view of a batch of peanut butter fudge cut into pieces on a wooden cutting board.

If you happen to not boil it quite long enough, it’ll still set up. It’ll just be a little softer.

Boil it a minute too long? It’ll still taste great! It will just be a little drier.

This is my kind of fudge! In fact, it only takes about 30 minutes to make.

Leave it plain or top with festive sprinkles or chopped peanuts to give it a bit of color and texture. Either way, it’ll be a hit!

Up close view of a pieces of peanut butter fudge on a wooden cutting board with cups of sprinkles and peanut butter in the background.

This fudge is also great for gifting around the holidays. Not just because it’s easy, but you can make it ahead of time! 

Since you can make it up to two weeks ahead of when you need it, it’s a great option when life gets busy and you want to make as many things ahead of time as possible.

The hardest part about making this fudge is waiting for it to cool so you can cut it into pieces and dig in!

Up close overhead view of a piece of easy peanut butter fudge topped with crushed peanuts on a wooden cutting board.

How to Make Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

Start by lining an 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Lightly butter the bottom and side of foil.

Please don’t skip this step. You will find yourself frustrated as you attempt to dig the fudge out of the pan.

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and evaporated milk. Add in butter. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Make sure to stir mixture occasionally to prevent scorching.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 7 minutes.

Remove from heat, and stir in marshmallow creme, vanilla candy coating, and peanut butter until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract until combined.

Pour fudge into prepared baking dish. Smooth with a spatula. If desired, top with chopped peanuts or sprinkles. Press toppings into fudge.

Creamy peanut butter fudge on a piece of aluminum foil before being cut into pieces.

Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until cooled and set. Remove foil sling from baking dish, and cut fudge into pieces.

This fudge will stay freshest if covered and refrigerated for up to two weeks.

A stack of peanut butter fudge on a wooden cutting board.

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

  • Make sure you line the pan with aluminum foil, and butter the edges and sides. It’s tempting to skip this step. However, you will find that it is much easier to remove the fudge and cut it into pieces if it’s on the foil.
  • It is important to constantly stir the fudge while it’s boiling. You don’t want to end up with little brown bits in your fudge from it scorching on the bottom of your pan!
  • If want to top your fudge with chopped peanuts or sprinkles, make sure to press down the topping into the fudge while the fudge is still warm to help it stick.
  • This fudge will stay the freshest tightly covered in the refrigerator.

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Up close view of a pieces of peanut butter fudge on a wooden cutting board with cups of sprinkles and peanut butter in the background.

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 48 pieces
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is easy and forgiving! No candy thermometer is needed to make this creamy fudge that is sure to become a family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 2/3 Cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 6 ounces vanilla candy coating, chopped
  • 2/3 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional chopped peanuts or sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 inch or 9x9 inch baking dish with aluminum foil, butter the bottom and sides. (Fudge pictured was made in an 8x8 inch baking dish.)
  2. In a large saucepan, stir together sugar and evaporated milk. Add in butter. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
  3. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a full boil and boil for 6 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, and stir in marshmallow creme, vanilla candy coating, and peanut butter until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract until well-combined.
  5. Pour fudge into prepared baking dish. Spread with a spatula to smooth the top.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts or sprinkles, if desired. Press topping into the fudge.
  7. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until cool and set. Cut into pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. Nutrition values can vary greatly based on brand used. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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This recipe is adapted from the Vanilla Fudge recipe from the Pillsbury Complete Cookbook.

Overhead view of a batch of creamy peanut butter fudge cut into pieces on a wooden cutting board.

Gayle

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Can this fudge be poured into individual foil serving cups w lids? Should I butter the foil?

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Yes, this fudge can be poured into individual servings. You will want to make sure to butter the foil as the fudge will stick.

Nicole @The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Thursday 15th of November 2012

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 :)

Angela @ AnotherBitePlease

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

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!

Bec

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

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

RavieNomNoms

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

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

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