Nanny's Christmas Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge: A Holiday Tradition

I can't remember when we did not make Christmas candy as a family. Mama had a heavy metal saucepan she made it up in and stirred it with a wooden spoon. At Christmastime, the smells and tastes in our house were divine. Without fail, she made peanut butter fudge and chocolate fudge. Sometimes she would add a batch of divinity to complement it, but it really needs nothing else. Sweet memories of candy making at Christmas. My sisters and I still gather about a week to 10 days before and make several batches to give to our children's teachers and to have on hand for our own celebrations. I hope you enjoy trying this delightful recipe

Pan Preparation

It is important to prep your pans for easy removal. We use some of the salted butter to grease the pans all the way around the sides and bottom. You want pretty fudge when you go to take it out.

**Important**

Ingredient List

This is a very simple recipe with very few ingredients, which you probably already have on hand: Peanut butter, salted butter, vanilla, sugar, milk. That's it!

1 cup milk
3 cups sugar
1 stick salted butter
1/4 tsp. salt (if you use salted butter, you won't need very much salt at all)

1 tsp vanilla

3 heaping tbs peanut butter

Cook this over medium heat until it begins to boil. Boil until it reaches the softball stage. This means to put a little bit in a bowl of cold water. Drain the water and see if the residue forms a soft ball between your fingers. It is very important that the candy has reached the proper stage. If you cook it too fast, it will become crumbly when set. Remove from heat. Put in 3 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Use your electric mixer to beat this while still in the pan. As soon as it begins to thicken, pour into a buttered small rectangular pan. (I know that is vague, but I use a glass casserole dish that is one size smaller than a sheet cake pan. See Pan Preparation above.)

This recipe makes 3 lbs. I do not recommend doubling the recipe but cooking small batches at a time, as it is hard to pour when hot. The pan is really heavy as it is, and if you try a double batch, you might have disastrous results.



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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sounds great! Bookmarked.


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hello Will...thanks for stoppin by. If you try it, let me know how it comes out for ya!


K.K 5 years ago

I think it's wonderful that your sisters love to help you make all that candy!!!!


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

I do too, but I was still scared to put their pictures here. LOL.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Look at all those pans lined up! Love homemade fudge, and I love peanut butter. Rated up and cannot wait to try this recipe. Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Look at all those pans lined up! Love homemade fudge, and I love peanut butter. Rated up and cannot wait to try this recipe. Best, Steph


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

I'm in awe of the number of pans of fudge you are about to make. You must have a wonderful time during the holidays! This is the best kind of recipe as far as I can tell - simple and delicious! I am bookmarking this to use in December for sure and voting up.


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks for stopping by and voting. I can't wait to read more of your hubs. Cheers!


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Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

I know what I'll be making!! This sounds really delicious...thanks for sharing it with us. You got my votes. Have a great day! :-)


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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Wow! Look at all those glass containers! Wonderful hub. I can smell the fudge now! Thank you. Thumbs up.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written hub and the recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge sounds so yummy !


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

Huge fan of both peanut butter and fudge! Excellent hub thanks for sharing.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

oh new things to try! Love it! :)


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

Good morning, CG!! This sounds delicious, and I'm going to give it a go. But I really just stopped by to see how you're doing. I read "Requiem"....but I don't think this is the time or place to compliment you on your writing skill-and I did not vote in respect of that. Time enough and hubs enough for that later. Glad to see you're getting your emotions out and have this forum to help you do so. It will take time, but you are surrounded by love. God bless.


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you Thomas. If you notice, i left off the guest book on purpose. I did tag it for the contest because I felt it a worthy subject. Thanks for checking on me. I'm getting there.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

I did notice that...and with my matchless intellect, deduced that an abstainance from compliment was the desired tack. Nevertheless....Billy would be proud...


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Billy would probably be mortified that I have put him in the proverbial spotlight. Perhaps as time goes by I may wish I had grieved privately and treasured these things in my heart. But there was within me some need to share with someone the beauty that was us. Thank you for allowing me to do so.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

This is a community. Perhaps many believe it to be one to compare and criticize works created by others, but if viewed properly, it's also a place to grow and create bonds with new friends. Is the possibility of friendship to be discounted by the fact that we will never meet? I hope not...


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thomas,

I have been online since 1998 and have forged some very wonderful and lasting friendships. I have, in reality, only met a handful, none of which turned out to be villains or evil, though I'm sure those are here as well. Thanks for befriending me. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Thanks for sharing. I try a new recipe every Christmas ... Fudge it is this year.

regards Zsuzsy


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cgreen7090 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you for stopping by. Let me know how it turns out!

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