Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
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Ah, fudge — a beloved sweet treat that can turn even the bitterest hearts into puddles of sweetness.
If this sounds like a fairytale come true, then our easy peanut butter fudge recipe is just the thing for you!
All it takes are four simple ingredients and about fifteen minutes to create a heavenly bite of creamy peanut butter bliss.
So get those pans ready and let’s make some delicious fudge that will have your friends and family begging for more!
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What type of peanut butter should I use?
Any variety of creamy peanut butter that you like! Stay away from crunchy peanut butter because it will mess with the overall texture. If you would like to fold in some nuts after it’s done cooking for a crunch, that is more than fine.
Are there any variations to the recipe?
- Add some chocolate in place of some of the peanut butter. It will be like Reese’s peanut butter cup!
- Sprinkle in some of your favorite chopped candies or nuts. M&M’s, Butterfinger, or Hershey’s bars are a few tasty options.
- For a fun flavor swap the vanilla for almond extract. Delicious!
- Drizzle with some melted white chocolate or caramel to make it look gourmet.
Can I use a different type of sweetener?
No, it’s best to use regular white sugar. If you need to use a different sugar, it’s fine to try it out, but keep in mind we haven’t taste tested it yet, so we don’t know if the flavor will be diminished or not.
- Vanilla extract
- Peanut butter
How Do You Make Easy Peanut Butter Fudge:
Step 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the milk.
Then, add the milk.
Cook until boiling.
Step 2. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter.
Then, add the vanilla extract until smooth.
Step 3. Pour the mixture into a well-greased or parchment-lined 9×9 baking dish.
Step 4. Let cool to room temperature and then chill until hardened. Slice and serve.
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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
- 2 C. Sugar
- ½ C. Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- ¾ C. Peanut butter
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- Place the milk and sugar into a saucepan over medium heat and cook until boiling.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla extract and peanut butter until smooth.
- Pour the mixture in a well greased or parchment lined 9×9 baking dish.
- Let cool to room temperature and then chill until hardened. Slice and serve.
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How long can I store the peanut butter fudge?
Store for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Keep it airtight until you are serving. It will dry out quickly once it’s cut, but it will still taste good.
How do I know when the fudge is done cooking?
Once it reaches a boil, it is time to remove it from the stove. Cooking it longer will cause it to burn.
What temperature should the fudge reach before cooling?
Let it cool down to room temperature, then refrigerate to finish chilling.
How do I prepare the pan for the fudge?
Either grease it with butter or shortening or add a piece of parchment paper. If using parchment paper, make sure it hangs over the edges of the pan, so it is easy to remove.
Do I need to use butter in the recipe?
No, it doesn’t call for butter. You will, however, need peanut butter.
How do I make sure the fudge stays soft and creamy?
Keep it airtight until you are serving. It will also last better if you don’t cut it until you are ready to serve. Otherwise, it dries out pretty quickly.
Is there a way to make the fudge without a candy thermometer?
You don’t need a candy thermometer for this recipe. When it begins to boil, you should remove it from the stove. Then pour it into the dish, and it will set up.
What is the best way to cut the fudge for serving?
- Cut fudge once it is set up and chilled.
- Take a sharp knife and run it under really hot water. Dry it and then begin cutting slices into the fudge.
- Wipe the blade clean after each cut. Reheat under hot water as needed.
Can I freeze the peanut butter fudge for later use?
Yes, you can freeze the peanut butter fudge for up to 2 months. Wrap it tightly and keep it stored in an airtight container.
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