This Peanut Butter Fudge is creamy and indulgent yet super easy to make. You’ll wonder how you’ve ever celebrated without a few pieces of this peanut butter fudge before! It’s made with staple fudge ingredients like butter, evaporated milk, sugar, and marshmallows plus peanut butter chips and creamy peanut butter to add in that mouth-watering peanut butter flavor. This will become a go-to dessert recipe for all of your parties and gatherings!
A few years back I was visiting my best friend in Virginia Beach around Christmastime. Her mom had a delicious spread of all kinds of Christmas cookies and something I hadn’t ever tried: peanut butter fudge. I have memories of my mom loving fudge around Christmastime but I was never that into fudge before. But of course, I had to try it and immediately felt my world completely changed by this amazing fudge.
Before I left, I had her write the recipe down for me and I’ve been making it ever since. Fudge, like a lot of things, isn’t as hard to make as you’d think. I think we are all just so used to buying things pre-made at the store that sometimes it’s intimidating to try to make it at home. But what’s the worst that’s going to happen? It may fail, you may burn something and you may have to toss it all. That’s okay. Because the other times, it’ll work and you’ll have learned how to make something you thought you couldn’t!
I’ve made this peanut butter fudge for all sorts of events year round, not just during the holidays. It’s a perfect treat for parties or showers, Valentine’s Day, or just because you need an indulgent treat! And for me, I feel better about eating a sweet like fudge that I make at home rather than a store bought one that may have way more added into it.
I actually made four or five batches of this fudge over the last few months and feel like I’ve finally figured out the secret to making it right. It may not surprise you if you’ve ever made desserts like fudge, but the real trick is all in the timing. There was one time I was trying to make this peanut butter fudge before a party and I didn’t have time to let it cool completely before we needed to leave for the party, so I threw it in the fridge for a bit before we left. The next week I made it again for something else and was able to let it completely cool overnight before cutting into it. World of a difference.
Letting the fudge cool completely on its own, without using the fridge, allows the fudge to really have the perfect, creamy consistency that it should. When you try to shortcut the cooling process, it can become powdery instead of creamy which is quite a tragedy.
The other key to this recipe is the timing of boiling the sugar and evaporated milk. I’m not usually the type who likes recipes that HAVE to be followed precisely, but this is one that really does need to be. Set a timer and make sure you have your attention focused on the recipe for those precious six minutes! This will easily become one of your absolute favorite desserts!
Okay, are you ready to make your own Super Easy Peanut Butter Fudge? Because I can’t wait for you to try it! Scroll down for the recipe!
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups peanut butter chips
- ¼ cup of peanut butter
- Measure and set out all ingredients before beginning. This recipe moves quickly!
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat.
- Once almost completely melted, pour in evaporated milk, sugar and salt.
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- Whisk to combine.
- Bring to a full rolling boil, over moderate heat, stirring constantly.
- Set timer for 6 minutes and boil mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in marshmallows and vanilla. Stir until all marshmallows melt and mixture is well blended.
- Add peanut butter chips and peanut butter. Stir until melted.
- Pour fudge mixture into pan.
- Allow fudge to cool, at least to room temperature.
- Remove fudge from pan using parchment paper to lift it out. Then use a sharp knife to cut into even pieces.