No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

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5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Set Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes

No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge is seriously so addicting. The peanut butter flavor and smooth texture makes this one of the best types of fudge.

A stack of No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge.

Make this No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge this holiday season if you are still not sure what to make. This will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser and it only takes 5 minutes to actually make and uses minimal ingredients that happen to be pantry friendly.

For more mouthwatering Christmas fudge recipes, check out this recipe collection with 45 fudge recipes that you’ll love.


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What We Love About This Easy Fudge Recipe

  • 4 Ingredients: All you need for this easy fudge recipe is a handful of simple ingredients.
  • No Bake Fudge Recipe: No need to turn on the oven, all you need is 5 minutes to make this and 2 hours to set.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Leftover fudge will be good for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Help: Here are some tips and tricks for making the fudge.
Cutting the No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge.

Ingredient Notes

  • Milk: For this recipe you will need whole milk, I do not recommend using any other percentage of milk as the lower fat content will have an impact on the result. Although many fudge recipes use sweetened condensed milk, it will not work for this recipe.
  • Peanut Butter: It is best to use a thicker peanut butter for this recipe such as Skippy or Jif rather than an all natural peanut butter as it might be too thin of a consistency. A low salt version can be great too.
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Variations and Substitutions

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Layered Fudge – Use this 5 minute fudge recipe to make the chocolate part, let the fudge semi-set and then layer the peanut butter fudge on top and refrigerate for 4 hours or until completely set.
  • Toppings: To make your fudge stand out you can top with chopped peanut butter cups, chopped peanuts, reeses pieces, or chocolate chips.
  • Make in a bowl in the microwave.

How to Make Peanut Butter Easy Fudge

These are the basic steps for making No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREPARE PAN

Start by spraying an 8×8 square pan with non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.

STEP 2: BOIL SUGAR AND MILK

Add the sugar and milk to a medium saucepan on the stovetop and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

STEP 3: ADD PEANUT BUTTER

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until they melt in and fully combined and the mixture is smooth with no clumps.

STEP 4: LET FUDGE SET

Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared baking dish, smooth the top with a spatula and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 16 even squares and serve. You can top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar if you’d like.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Best Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is perfect to make ahead of time as you will need at least 2 hours for the fudge to set completely. I recommend making this recipe 1-3 days ahead of time.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store Christmas fudge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can freeze this easy fudge recipe, by storing in an freezer bag for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO YOU HARDEN PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE?

If you peanut butter is not setting after being in the fridge for at least 2 hours, this is caused by the fudge mixture not getting heated enough. To fix this problem you can reheat the fudge, add a bit of milk, and bring it to a rolling boil and stir.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CASHEW BUTTER IN PLACE OF PEANUT BUTTER?

Using a smooth cashew butter, you can make a cashew butter fudge which will be just as smooth but not as strong of a flavor as peanut butter.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can be doubled or halved, if doubling use a 16 x 9-inch pan and if you are halving use a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Proportionally increase or decrease ingredients.

WHY DOES MY PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DRY AND CRUMBLY?

If you peanut fudge fudge does no comes out right, it either means you under or over cooked the sugar which is why the fudge set into a dry consistency.

A tray of the dessert.

Expert Tips for Making This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

  • Warm Knife: Using a warm sharp knife will help you easily slice into the fudge when cutting. Simply fill a glass up with hot water and allow your knife to sit in the hot water for 30 seconds to a minutes, remove wipe off the water and slice the fudge. Tip out the fudge out on a cutting board and let the fudge sit out at room temperature.
  • Even Fudge Slices: To get the perfect even squares, start by cutting in half vertically, then those halves in half, repeat on horizontally and you will have 16 perfect 2×2 inch fudge squares.
  • Grease Edges Well: Ensure you grease the edges of pan down well so the chocolate fudge will slide right out of the pan.
  • High Altitude Directions: If you live at a higher altitude, for the best fudge results, you should lower the temperature when cooking. To be more precise, reduce the temperature 2 degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level.

What to Serve with No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

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A stack of No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge.
5 from 2 votes

No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 16 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Set Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes
No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge is seriously so addicting. The peanut butter flavor and smooth texture makes this one of the best types of fudge.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Start by spraying an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
  • Add the sugar and milk to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-low heat.
  • Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until fully combined and the mixture is smooth with no clumps.
  • Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared baking dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Cut into 16 even squares and serve.

Expert Tips

  • Warm Knife: Using a warm sharp knife will help you easily slice into the fudge when cutting. Simply fill a glass up with hot water and allow your knife to sit in the hot water for 30 seconds to a minutes, remove wipe off the water and slice the fudge. Tip out the fudge out on a cutting board and let the fudge sit out at room temperature.
  • Even Fudge Slices: To get the perfect even squares, start by cutting in half vertically, then those halves in half, repeat on horizontally and you will have 16 perfect 2×2 inch fudge squares.
  • Grease Edges Well: Ensure you grease the edges of pan down well so the chocolate fudge will slide right out of the pan.
  • High Altitude Directions: If you live at a higher altitude, for the best fudge results, you should lower the temperature when cooking. To be more precise, reduce the temperature 2 degrees for every 1,000 feet above sea level.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fudge, Peanut butter, sugar

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