With just four ingredients, this is Easy Peanut Butter Fudge! If you can melt some butter in a pan, than you can make this fudge. It tastes delicious and makes a great addition to any holiday tin.
I had a conversation with some friends the other day about fudge. I commented on how I had never made fudge. And one of them chimed in and said she had a TON of fudge recipes on her blog. Which got me to thinking. I should make some fudge for my blog!
It’s not that I don’t like fudge. I do like fudge. It’s just really sweet and we’re not big candy people here. We’d rather cookies or cakes or even ice cream instead of chocolates or candy. That’s why I never think to make fudge.
So, when I thought about making fudge, it had to be peanut butter fudge. Because if I have my choice of fudge, I’m going to pick the peanut butter option. Always. It’s not the rocky road or the pumpkin spice or even turtle fudge. It’s going to be peanut butter every time.
It only made sense in my head that the first fudge recipe I make for the blog is peanut butter. It’s something I would definitely eat, and it wouldn’t go to waste. In fact, the bag is at work and I have a piece after lunch and maybe one more as a pick me for the trip home.
Of course, since I’m not the best at making candy, it had to be an easy recipe. One that didn’t require me to boil anything to a soft, hard, or whatever ball stage. Since we don’t eat a lot of candy I don’t have a lot of candy making experience.
And since traditional fudge requires you to boil stuff to 230 plus degrees, I thought I’d find one that was easy and simple for anyone to make.
And this recipe is kind of funny. Not comedian funny, but ironically funny. Growing up, we always had peanut butter in the house. And having been exposed to lots of recipes and desserts, I sort of knew how to combine some things to make a little sweet treat to make.
One of my favorite things to whip up as a sweet treat is chocolate and peanut butter. Simply put, some chocolate chips melted in the microwave with a little peanut butter stirred in. Now, some call it a mousse, but it’s not. It’s more like a truffle type consistence if you let it cool. I, on the other hand, just eat it with a spoon. It’s rich so you don’t need much.
Another sweet treat I used to love is combining peanut butter with powdered sugar. I learned this from making some of those no bake cookies when I was a kid. For the life of me I cannot remember where I was or why we made those bites. But they had peanut butter, powdered sugar, honey, and coconut in there. Maybe some nuts? I just remember getting my hands dirty making those little bites of yum.
So, you can see the irony when this recipe calls for peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar with a little vanilla extract thrown in there. It’s sort of like those no bake bites we made, but you melt it all together and then stir in the powdered sugar.
I used 3 cups of powdered sugar. I wasn’t sure how much I would need, but how much you will need depends on humidity. If your powdered sugar is more humid, you might need less. If it’s less humid you might need more. Or is that the other way around? I get so confused on that.
The fudge is not a batter that pours into the pan. I used my buttered hands to press the fudge into the pan. It’s very soft if you don’t keep it in the fridge. I like how creamy and peanut buttery this fudge is. The aroma in the kitchen as I cooked up the butter and peanut butter was delicious! And every time I open the bag at work my mouth waters.
You can see how smooth and delicious this is. Make sure to line your pan with parchment. I struggled getting it out of the pan so I could cut it into pieces. I knew I should have lined my pan but didn’t. Hindsight. You know what they say.
So, line your pan and it will easily come out for deliciously perfect slices of fudge. Super easy fudge that takes minutes to prepare and about an hour to cool. It’s a recipe you can use to bulk up your gift tins this year. If you give those away. I’m not that prepared enough to give away tins! Maybe I’ll just give away some of this fudge!
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Combine the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the powdered sugar. I stopped at 3 cups, but you might need the full 3 1/2 cups depending on humidity.
- Stir until the powdered sugar is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
- Spread into an 8 x 8 baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Slice into 16 pieces.
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 478 Total Fat 20g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 31mg Sodium 169mg Carbohydrates 76g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 72g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 4g
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