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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge To Die For

If you’re looking for an easy peanut butter fudge recipe, you’ve come to the right place. You are going to love this recipe made with marshmallow cream. It’s easy to make and is truly one of the best desserts out there.

A Creamy Fudge Recipe For A Peanut Butter Lover

Pieces of peanut butter fudge stacked on top of each other.

Creamy peanut butter fudge is a great recipe for the holiday season or any time of year. It has always been a popular post on the blog and is perfect for giving as gifts, taking to parties, or serving as a dessert around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. 

We are peanut butter fudge lovers around here, and if there’s a chance to make it, I will jump all over it. We’ll eat any kind of fudge we can get our hands on, but this recipe is one of the best. 

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Peanut Butter Fudge?

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed milk)
  • Marshmallow creme
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peanut Butter chips

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Pieces of fudge that are stacked on top of each other and on parchment paper.

A lot of people are intimidated by cooking peanut butter marshmallow fudge; however, if this is your first time, don’t worry. It’s super simple and doesn’t take too much time. It’s not a typical recipe simply because it asks for peanut butter chips instead of a spoonful or two of peanut butter. And it has tons of peanut butter flavor.

If you love peanut butter fudge with creamy peanut butter, give this old fashioned peanut butter fudge a try.

Squares of peanut butter fudge on parchment paper

Peanut Butter Fudge With Chips

The chips give it that extra sweet flavor, and above all, adding the chips is easier. And, let’s just be honest, I undeniably like it to be easy. We didn’t even give it a chance to set up before we had our spoons out, digging into the warm, gooey, delicious fudge.

I have to make sure there are four clean spoons ready. We will chance burning our fingers to dig into hot fudge. This time was no exception. I honestly have never eaten anything that tasted this good.

Pieces of peanut butter candy stacked on a plate.

How Do I Make The Easy Peanut Butter Fudge To Die For?

  1. Add the butter to a medium-sized saucepan and turn the heat on the stovetop to medium-high. 
  2. Next, add the evaporated milk and sugar and combine. 
  3. Bring the ingredients to a full rolling boil and continue boiling until the thermometer reaches 234 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can time the fudge for four minutes after it starts to boil.
  4. Once the temperature reaches 234 degrees, remove from the heat, add the marshmallow creme, and stir until it melts.
  5. Next, add the peanut butter chips and vanilla extract and stir until melted. 
  6. Pour into a 9″ x 9″ or 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. 
  7. Allow the fudge to set up for several hours. 

Step-By-Step Instructions For How to Make Peanut Butter Fudge

Melted butter and sugar in a saucepan.

Add the butter to a saucepan and melt on medium to medium-high heat. Next, pour the evaporated milk into the saucepan, followed by the granulated sugar. Stir everything together and keep it on medium to medium-high heat. Bring it to a full rolling boil while stirring constantly.

Boiling sugar, evaporated milk, and butter in a saucepan.

Cook until the candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees. Be sure not to allow the thermometer to touch the bottom of the pan, or you’ll get an incorrect reading. Once the fudge begins to boil, you do not need to stir it often. Maybe once or twice. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can time it. Once the fudge gets to a full rolling boil, start the timer and boil for four minutes.

Remove it from the heat once the thermometer reaches 234 degrees (or four minutes).

Melted marshmallow cream in a saucepan with peanut butter chips.

Add the marshmallow creme to the saucepan. Stir until melted and well blended. I usually add the marshmallow before the chips because the heat will melt the marshmallow faster. Add the vanilla extract and stir.

Finally, add the bag of peanut butter chips to the saucepan and stir until they are melted and well blended. The fudge comes out so creamy and sinfully rich. You can just sink your teeth into the dessert and immediately become addicted.

Melted peanut butter fudge in a saucepan.

Finally, pour the fudge into the pan, spread it to the edges of the pan, and let it cool and set up. I like to use a 9″ x 9″ square pan for my fudge because it makes it nice and thick.

Slices of fudge in a basket next to some coffee.

You can also use a 9″ x 13″ pan, and you will get more pieces out of it because the fudge will be a little thinner and more spread out. The larger size is perfect if you want to take it to a party and share (which is hard to do because you will want to eat it all before you get the chance to take it!).

Fudge candy on brown parchment paper.

Get the recipe for peanut butter fudge below! It’s a sweet treat you will love.

Tips

  • A full rolling boil occurs when the fudge continues to boil, even while stirring, and it constantly bubbles.
  • If you use a stoneware pan, you will need to spray it with a non-stick spray. If you use a glass or disposable metal pan, you don’t need to spray it.
  • You can use a piece of parchment paper to line the square baking pan to lift the fudge out easily when it sets up.
  • Do not stir the fudge too often while cooking it because stirring the fudge can cause the growth of premature crystals. However, stirring it once in a while won’t hurt it. I have stirred it on occasion, and it turned out fine. 

Other delicious holiday desserts:

  • Peanut brittle is a traditional holiday candy and is very easy to make. The recipe only requires a few ingredients and is perfect for giving away as gifts.
  • Tiger butter homemade fudge is a super easy recipe to make. Mixing the peanut butter, white chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate together creates swirls that are mesmerizing and decadent.
  • Cake batter fudge has a fun and unusual ingredient – cake batter. And it’s a quick recipe, too!
  • Divinity candy can be a bit intimidating to make, but I’ll walk you through each step to get some traditional and wonderfully sweet candy.

Does Peanut Butter Fudge Need to be Refrigerated?

No, you can keep the fudge at room temperature for up to a week, but be sure to keep it in an airtight container or cover with some plastic wrap. You can keep the fudge in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Why Did My Fudge Not Set Up?

It most likely did not cook long enough. I am not the best judge of when to start the four minutes, so I always use a thermometer as it seems to work almost every time. 

squares of peanut butter candy on a cutting board.

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge With Marshmallow Cream

Peanut butter fudge is the perfect treat for your sweet tooth. The whole family will love the recipe and want it on their Christmas plate for dessert. Be sure to print out the recipe card below.

Pieces of peanut butter fudge stacked on top of each other.

Peanut Butter Fudge To Die For

Yield: 18 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes

This is the best peanut butter fudge recipe around. The peanut butter fudge with marshmallow cream is easy to make and is a delicious holiday treat. The creamy fudge is made with sugar, butter, evaporated milk, marshmallow creme, vanilla, and peanut butter chips.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 sticks butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 ounce can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
  • 10 ounces peanut butter chips (I used Reese's)
  • 7 ounce can marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Add the evaporated milk and sugar and stir until well blended.
  3. Bring to a full rolling boil on medium to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees or for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in marshmallow creme. Stir until well blended.
  6. Pour in the vanilla extract and stir.
  7. Add the peanut butter chips and stir until blended.
  8. Pour into 9" x 9" pan and cool.
  9. (Let's be real - take a spoon and eat a little while it's still warm).

Notes

If you use a stoneware pan, you will need to butter the pan. If you use aluminum foil or a ceramic pan, you will not need to butter the pan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 pieces Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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This is an easy homemade chocolate fudge recipe. The old fashioned fudge is a popular recipe for parties, Christmas, or anytime around the holidays. Creamy and smooth fudge is the perfect dessert.

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Cecelia

Saturday 25th of February 2023

I'm going to try this recipe right now only I'm going to put butterfinger crumbles on the bottom of the pan. That way it has a butterfinger crumble top. I will let you know how it turns out

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 25th of February 2023

Ooooohhh! That sounds really, really good. Definitely let me know how it turns out!

Gail Teasley

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

It was the best peanut butter fudge I have ever eaten. My only problem was that my chips didn't melt all the way. Im sure some people would love this but I didn't. It turned out perfect so I know I cooked it right. What can I do to make sure this doesn't happen again? Thanks!!

Noel

Sunday 17th of December 2023

@Gail Teasley, I add my marshmallow cream while it is still on the stove and then once I remove from thw heat I immediately put in the pb chips and use an electric mixer. I have not had a problem with getting it smooth and melted this way 😊

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Hi Gail,

I've had that happen with white chocolate chips. You can add a couple of teaspoons of boiling hot water and stir until the chips melt. Hope that helps!

Susan

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Can you use chocolate chips for chocolate fudge instead of the peanut butter chips?

Susan

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

@Julie Pollitt, thank you!

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

You can! And, you can switch them out for white chocolate, butterscotch, or your favorite chips.

Laura Sampson

Friday 3rd of November 2017

LOVE this recipe! Pinned it--thanks for linking up!

Julie Pollitt

Friday 3rd of November 2017

Thank you so much! Glad you stopped by!

ColleenB.~ Tx.

Saturday 28th of October 2017

Looks like another great recipe added to my holiday candy making recipes. I think the only thing I would do different maybe, is add some cut-up peanut butter cups or the mini PB cups and put / lightly press onto the top after pouring hot fudge in pan and then drizzle with melted chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter go hand in hand :} Thanks for the recipe and may you have a wonderful weekend

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 28th of October 2017

Hi Colleen! My mouth is watering from your description.peanut butter cups on top sounds divine!

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