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Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe for Beginners- An easy way to make homemade fudge!

Updated on April 20, 2016

Quick and Easy Way To Make Homemade Fudge

An easier way to make fudge that doesnt require using granulated sugar or the soft ball method. This recipe has been used over and over and never have I received a complaint about the taste or how easy it is to be made. This is the easiest recipe that I have come across and have been using this recipe for over 30 years. Everyone that tries this recipe never goes back to the soft ball method.

Peanut Butter Fudge


You will want to gather your ingredients in one spot prior to starting, Once you start it will move pretty quickly before it is ready to set.

2 Sticks Of butter. (Must be real butter or it will not work out correctly)

1 18 ounce jar of Creamy Peanut Butter. Preferabbly Jiff or Reeses Brand. (will taste better this way)

1 2 pound bag of powdered sugar or 10X (its the same thing)

1 tsp Vanilla (can be imatation or real vanilla.)

You will also need a 9x13 inch cake pan buttered.

You will need to have a rolling pin and some wax paper.

Cook Time and chilling time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Varies depending on the size of squares you cut

Step 1:

Add your butter and peanut butter to a pan on medium heat. Slowly allow the peanut butter and butter to melt together while stirring carefully. You do not want to overheat the mixture so do not allow for it to boil. If you allow for the mixture to get too hot, the recipe will not work properly. Keep an eye on the mixture and when it has all melted together nicely add the vanilla to the mixture.

Your peanut butter, butter and vanilla should not exceed 130 degrees on a candy thermometer. Keep an eye and when it starts to get to this point, remove from the heat to allow for the temperature to continue rising on its own.

Step 2:

In this step, you will want to take your powdered sugar and carefully add it to the mixture. Start off with adding a small amount at one time and then increase it while stirring it. By stirring it up, the mixture will start to become sticky and hard to mix. You can at this point use your hands to blend it together. You will knead it together like you would with bread dough. If the dough becomes too sticky, simply add more powdered sugar. Once you have met the proper consistency, you will then want to move onto step 3.

Step 2:

FYI: Just incase there is a little powdered sugar left in the bag, That is okay also.

The next step is simple:

You will want to take the ball of fudge that you have just formed and place it into a cake pan or cookie sheet that has been covered in wax paper. Once the ball is in the middle of the pan, carefully use your hands working quickly to spread the powdered sugar mixture across the pan. Once you have worked it out and it is somewhat spread out, take a rolling pin and roll out the rest of the dough.

Step 3:

This step is the last step before you serve your peanut butter fudge.

Place some wax paper or syran wrap across the top of the sheet of fudge. Once you have made sure that it is fully covered, you will then want to allow it to chill for about an hour or two before you cut into it. If you cut into it too soon, the fudge will crack and separate. The colder it is the better it will be to cut.

Last Step

In this last step, the easiest of them all for most is to take the fudge and cut it into squares. You can cut the squares into whatever size you want the fudge to be. Once you have done this, carefully select the right piece for you and place it in your mouth. Wait for it...just wait...yep that's the moment you were waiting for, the die for it, melt in your mouth kind of feeling you so longed for. The recipe is not as rich as the rest of the fudge that most other people make and it is far easier to make which is why more and more people are using the recipe. I hope you enjoy and keep coming back for more recipes.

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    • tona37211 profile image

      Tonya Kirkpatrick 2 years ago from Nashville TN

      Your welcome and I hope you enjoy the recipe and make plenty of homemade fudge for your family

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 9 years ago from colorado springs

      Thanks for the recipe. My son is addicted to anything peanut butter.