Peanut Butter Fudge

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor, this easy fudge recipe is perfect all year long!

Peanut Butter Fudge stacked on red napkin with white stars

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Fudge is one of my favorite things to make! A few of my close friends have nicknamed me the fudge queen. Hey, if the name fits, I’ll wear it. I’m still waiting for my crown though.

Fudge is the perfect treat to bring to parties, or to have around the house in the holiday season. The great thing about this easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is that it’s also great to make throughout the year.

I love to make this during the summer when I want a sweet treat but it’s too hot to turn on the oven!

This is seriously the easiest peanut butter fudge recipe! The combination of creamy peanut butter mixed with white chocolate fudge is so yummy.

There are few things in life that go as well together as peanut butter and chocolate. I combined the two favorites for this decadent dessert.

Why my Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe is best:

  • No candy thermometer
  • Soft and Creamy
  • EASY!

I’m here to teach you How to make the perfect fudge!

How to Make Peanut Butter Fudge

Block of peanut butter fudge cut into strips on cutting board

Step 1: Line an 8×8” square baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.

PRO TIP: use binder clips or clothespins to secure the parchment paper to the dish before pouring in the hot fudge.

Step 2: In a large saucepan heat the sugar, butter, salt, and heavy cream until combined.

Continue to heat until the mixture comes to a rolling boil, then spend four minutes stirring continuously. Make sure you set your timer for these four minutes. This step goes fast!

Step 3: Remove from the heat. Quickly whisk in the white chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, and peanut butter. I usually put all of these ingredients in my KitchenAid Mixer and whisk them for about 1 minute, until the white chocolate morsels have melted.

Step 4: Pour fudge into your prepared pan and allow to set for 3 hours, or until it becomes hard. You can refrigerate to speed up the process (but beware, refrigerating fudge can dry it out faster than keeping it at room temperature).

Step 5: Remove from the pan and remove the parchment lining. Cut into bite sized pieces and enjoy!

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor, this easy fudge recipe is perfect all year long!

Can I Freeze Easy Peanut Butter Fudge?

Yes! You can double this easy peanut butter fudge recipe and freeze a batch for up to two months.

Once it hardens, wrap up the uncut fudge in plastic wrap and then slide into a large ziploc freezer bag, pressing out all the air.

When you’re ready to eat it, place the ziploc bag on the counter to come to room temperature to thaw. This is usually best if you let it sit out overnight. Slice the fudge and enjoy!

How to Store Peanut Butter Fudge

You can make this peanut butter fudge a few days in advance and then store it until you’re ready to enjoy it, or give it away!

Make sure the peanut butter fudge is stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

I prefer to leave the fudge UNCUT until it’s time to serve it. This keeps the fudge from drying out. Then, just cut what you need—a little, or a lot—at a time.

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor, this easy fudge recipe is perfect all year long!

Tips on Making Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge

  • Don’t use a natural peanut butter. I love natural peanut butter but it’s too oily to use for this creamy peanut butter fudge recipe.
  • Stick with creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Avoid using crunchy peanut butter to keep this fudge creamy and well blended.
  • Don’t scrape the sides of your sauce pan after cooking, this adds sugar crystals to your fudge which can make it grainy.
  • You can add candy or chocolate bits for a yummy fudge topping. Just drizzle melted chocolate on top or mix in your favorite candies like Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s, etc.

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor, this easy fudge recipe is perfect all year long!

What you need to make Peanut Butter Fudge

If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!

Ingredients

  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • White chocolate morsels
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Marshmallow creme

Tools

  • 8 or 9-inch Baking dish-square pan
  • Large saucepan
  • Parchment paper (not waxed paper)
  • Whisk
  • KitchenAid Mixer (optional)

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor, this easy fudge recipe is perfect all year long!

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The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor, this easy fudge recipe is perfect all year long!

Other Fudge Varieties

Remember how I said people had given me the nickname the queen of fudge? It might be because I have a slight obsession with making a ton of different fudge varieties.

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe and Video

 

 

Yield: 64 pieces

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge
Prep Time 10 minutes
Set Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

The Best Peanut Butter Fudge recipe with no candy thermometer needed. Soft and creamy and packed with peanut butter flavor!

Ingredients

For the Fudge:

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups white chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 7oz jar marshmallow cream

Instructions

  1. Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat granulated sugar, butter, salt and heavy cream until combined. Bring to a ROLLING boil and stir continuously for 4 minutes (set your timer)!
  3. Remove from heat. Quickly whisk in white chocolate, marshmallow and peanut butter (I usually put these ingredients in my kitchen aid and whisk them for about 1-2 minutes). Pour fudge into prepared pan and refrigerate for 3 hours, until hardened.
  4. Remove from pan, remove lining. Cut into bite sized pieces. ENJOY.

Notes

For a chocolate drizzle on top, melt 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Drizzle over the set fudge and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

64

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 25mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 15g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published August 19, 2012 and photos updated May 2019.

This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe is packed with peanut butter flavor. Chocolate fudge and peanut butter come together for a rich and creamy treat that is easy enough to make throughout the year.

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99 comments on “Peanut Butter Fudge”

  1. Gorgeous fudge! And that garnishing/perfect little swirls and lines – you have steady hands 🙂

  2. This looks just AMAZING … I l-o-v-e Reeses pieces (probably more than E.T.!!) I pinned it to make it soon!!

  3. This looks delicious! I enjoy following your blog. Great photos and recipes!

  4. Holy cow, these look rich. I love fudge and I have to say, I think you’re the queen of it! You’re always making the most amazing looking fudge recipes, Aimee, and this one is one of my faves! I like both patterns but the choc + pb one is my fave. So classic!

  5. Wowzers!!! That is another great fudge!!! You are definitely the fudge queen:-) I love the one with the chocolate and peanut butter drizzle!!! Love that classic combo way too much!!!

  6. Gorgeous photos! The garnish on the first photo looks beautiful and I bet these are delicious.

  7. Holy Moly!! Speachless!! Your fudge looks to die for!! I’m drooling over my computer as we speak!!!

  8. I definitely like the chock and peanut butter drizzle!! Anything with chocolate will go straight into my mouth! The fudge recipe looks amazing and very easy. Thanx!! Anina

  9. I just love the drizzle over the top of the fudge! Makes it look so much prettier! Peanut butter fudge was my favorite thing as a kid. I will have to make a batch soon. mmmm

  10. I love peanut butter fudge!! That drizzle is the perfect touch!

  11. I seriously love peanut butter fudge, but have never made it myself. I think I’ll have to change that now! Btw, I love that you decorated the squares individually instead of doing it before you cut the fudge. My OCD is obsessed 🙂

    I would love it if you would link up Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/08/marthday-mondays-link-up-party-features.html

    Amanda
    http://www.watchoutmartha.net

  12. These look DIVINE!! as always, your picture is GORGEOUS. Looks like I could just reach the my computer screen and grab one! ( I wish 🙂

  13. This is just completely amazing. Love how you topped the pieces off just as you would a truffle!

  14. these are just gorgeous!! they’re little bites of heaven!

  15. Aimee these look FANTASTIC!! My grandma used to make a peanut butter fudge and I never got the recipe, so I think I’m going to have to give yours a try!

    Gorgeous pictures too!!

  16. This is so getting made. Soon. And it’s so pretty!

  17. Slightly jealous, but mostly just poised to run to the kitchen and whip up a batch right now. I love the drizzle color effect. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Holy smokes, those look to die for, both variations! I’m checking the other recipes out too 🙂

  19. Aimee! I wish I saw this fudge yesterday- a busy day at work kept me from blogging- bc I needed a peanut butter treat like this! I think the choc/pb swirl looks fab, but the all pb swirl steals my heart! Between this and your Cinnabon fudge, I feel like I need to make me some fudgy candy soon!!

  20. These look so delicious, Aimee. I love the way you’ve garnished them too. So pretty and sinfully delicious!

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

  21. I’ve been thinking about fudge lately. I always make milk chocolate fudge around the holidays. But it’s not just for the holidays so I better just make your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Um, this looks to die for. I love anything peanut butter related so, if you add in the word fudge, I’m done!

  23. Oh wow. That is seriously the PERFECT garnish! And I love the idea of fudge that tastes like Reese’s 🙂

    Sues

  24. These look amazing, I know they’ll taste just as good as they look. I will definitely have to make these!! Thank you for sharing. I’m your most recent follower.

    Molly

  25. Yumm, my mom makes has the best recipe for peanut butter fudge. I’ve never thought to drizzle it with chocolate before.

  26. Oh wow…this looks amazing! Have to pin this and will share next week!

  27. Oh wow again! Those make me so hungry!

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday! Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow night!

    Kaylee
    http://www.couponingncooking.com

  28. I’m stopping for a visit from Six Sisters’ Stuff today!
    I’m having so much fun visiting the participants of this blog linky party.
    So many wonderful and creative ideas.
    Oh my gosh! The fudge looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. I haven’t been able to get this out of my mind all week Aimee!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/12-make-at-home-projects/

    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

  30. I’m so glad that I’m following you! Your pic on tt&j immediately caught my eye. These look delicious and your presentation is outstanding! Thanks for posting:)

    Katie
    http://www.funhomethings.com

  31. This looks heavenly, Aimee! My husband and oldest daughter love fudge – and PB is their favorite. I’ve been wanting to make some at home for them, but recipes I’ve found just haven’t appealed to me. Yours, however, looks like one I want to try. It’s printed off!

  32. I am in love with peanut butter fudge. I’ve never made my own fudge before. I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

  33. Your peanut butter fudge is sheer perfection!! So is your photo! Looks absolutely amazing….

  34. Your photos are so beautiful and your recipes are all so amazing! Too much temptation over here, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  35. OH God
    these Looks unbelievably Good

  36. Not only does this sound wonderful….it’s so pretty, too.
    Linking up to follow…come by when you can. 🙂

  37. My husband made this today and they were fabulous! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  38. Ruthann B

    Do you melt the white chocolate morsals before adding them to the mixure on the stove?What is your secret to making the drizzle? The chocolate was more of a slobber and the peanut butter just got smooshy. I’m not a wiz in the kitchen so I need more direction.

    Thanks

    Ps. It is still finger licking good!

    • Hi Ruthann,
      I do not melt the white chocolate. Pouring the hot mixture over it, and then whisking it is enough to get it smooth!
      As for the chocolate and peanut butter, Honestly I just melt them in separate bowls in the microwave (30seconds) put it in a ziploc, snip off the corner and drizzle. Have fun with it. Lots of practice helps!!!

  39. My family loves this – it’s creamy and perfectly sweet, and I LOVE the marshmallow in it! Thanks!

  40. Juli

    Hi
    I would love to make the peanut butter fudge. Does it turn out creamy, or pretty firm and sugary? I notice you time the boil, but do not use a candy thermometer and I think the cooking process will determine final results. Any hints or tips on this?
    Thanks

    • Juli

      I did not read through all the comments, so if my question is answered there….I apologize for asking…..

    • The fudge turns out pretty firm. I don’t usually use candy thermometers. But if you bring your mixture up to a rolling bowl and allow to boil at the temperature for the given time, you should be good to go! I make this version of fudge all the time, no problems! Just make sure it’s a good ROLLING boil before starting your timer!

  41. Danielle

    Um WOW! This fudge looks amazing! Each Christmas my mother and I make holiday treat boxes to give to family and friends. This fudge will be the perfect addition! So pretty!

  42. Danielle

    Mine turned out a little dry but still really good 🙂 definitely making this again!

  43. My husband LOVES PB fudge, but the recipe my MIL gave me never seems to come out right. Can’t wait to make this one! Thank you Aimee!

  44. Jenni

    Hey just want to let you know I tried the recipe once and brought over to a friends now I can’t go over to any my friends house unless I bring them some fudge 🙂

  45. Dani

    Do you mix all the ingredients in your kitchenaid? Or just the three before you add them to the hot mixture?

  46. Just have a question I will be making this for gifts for christmas. I totally read it wrong and bought a boat load of peanut butter chips. Do you think the 3/4 cup peanut butter could be substitued for the peanut butter chips I bought in excess. Thanks.

  47. Robyn

    Would the fudge need to be kept in the fridge or can it be left out at room temp?

  48. Lynn

    My mom use to make the most delicious PB fudge when I was a child unfortunately I never wrote the recipe down so she took it to her grave with her. It was one of those recipes some woman will keep to themselves. Well I can remember some of the things she had used when making it. I have not made your recipe yet but I most definately will it looks like it might be extremely close to my moms !! So happy I had going this on Pinterest. Thanks so Much for sharing !!!!

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  50. Hello! I love making this sooo much and it always goes down so well! However the last couple of times Ive made this, its curdled! I dont know what I am doing differently… Any tips on what I can do to fix it? Its when I go to add the hot mix to the chocolate/peanut butter etc, it just melts then wont stick together and becomes greasy when left to sit.

    So sad! 🙁

    Jen xx

    • Hi Jen,
      The only thing I can think of is maybe your chocolate morsels are old? When adding the hot mixture to the morsels, do you use a mixer? I use my electric mixer with whisk attachment and it blends it right up. My only other thought is maybe the peanut butter is a different texture (organic, natural, etc). I use Jif creamy. Hope this helps!

      • Hi Aimee,

        Thanks for a quick reply!! My choc was new, and Im using the same peanut butter too (Smooth SunPat).

        Sadly im mixing by hand but as I say ive made it a few times before with perfect results… Maybe im boiling it too much, or not enough, or using too much butter? Im very confused by the results haha!

        X

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  53. Maribel

    No idea why everyone else seems to think this recipe gets 5*’s, BUT I just made this in advance to treat my g-kids for Christmas and was seriously & totally disappointed. I did everything exactly as indicated, yet once done, they barely had if any peanut butter taste/flavor. NO idea what I may have done wrong if anything, but in my opinion these need a lot more peanut butter to bring out flavor therefore to honor recipe name. Way too many ingredients and too expensive to make. Sorry, but not in my book or budget. This could seriously use a LOT more peanut butter, therefore my rating is 1*.

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  55. Amy Cook

    I made this over a year ago for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower for 50 people and a double batch just disappeared! FABULOUS FUDGE! My question…if I need to store it, does it have to be refrigerated? Or will it stay in a container at room temperature? Thank you!

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  57. Laura Reese

    This fudge looks like the perfect way to enjoy peanut butter.

  58. This was such a great recipe! Flavorful, quick and delicious! Yum!

  59. Jen

    This is not only absolutely amazing but super easy to make! We love it!

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