Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge in 10 Minutes!

stacked pieces of peanut butter fudge

That’s right, easy peanut butter fudge is ready from start to finish in 10 minutes, with just 5 pantry staples, a spoon and a saucepan. You’ll get the best, creamiest fudge you ever sank your teeth into, guaranteed!

stacked pieces of peanut butter fudge

easy peanut butter fudge

After posting my Mom’s Easy Fudge Recipe I got so many requests for a peanut butter version, so here it is, the peanut butter equivalent of that melt-in-your-mouth fudge that literally nobody can resist. And like the chocolate fudge, there’s absolutely no condensed milk, corn syrup, or marshmallows involved. No need for a thermometer, either! It’s soft, creamy, peanutty, and so delicious.

around here, we call it ‘pudge’ 🙂

taking a piece of peanut butter fudge

ingredients for peanut butter fudge

5 simple ingredients from the pantry

  • creamy peanut butter ~ I always use Jif
  • unsalted butter
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • salt

why do I use unsalted butter?

I use unsalted butter to be able to control the amount of salt in my cooking. Salted butter contains anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per stick. There is no set amount and every brand does it differently so it’s unpredictable. If you know your butter and you like a salty peanut flavor you can use salted butter in this recipe, just leave out the extra salt.

A bowl of peanut butter fudge

how to make peanut butter fudge without a thermometer

  1. Melt butter and peanut butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in vanilla, salt, and then the sugar, keeping the pan over low heat to facilitate blending everything together.
  3. Turn into a lined pan and spread out evenly with an offset spatula.
  4. Chill for at least 2 hours and then slice into small squares.
peanut butter fudge, sliced

peanut butter fudge (pudge) faqs

Can I use chunky peanut butter?

I don’t see why not. You can even fold in chopped peanuts if you like.

Can I use all natural peanut butter?

I find regular peanut butter works better because natural varieties separate into an oily layer won’t give as good a result.

Can I add chocolate chips?

Yes, I’d use minis for best texture and easy slicing.

Can you freeze peanut butter fudge?

Yes, it will freeze beautifully.

squares of peanut butter fudge on a rack
squares of peanut butter fudge

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squares of peanut butter fudge
stacked pieces of peanut butter fudge
5 from 8 votes

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

That's right, easy peanut butter fudge is ready from start to finish in 10 minutes, with just 5 pantry staples, a spoon and a saucepan. You'll get the best, creamiest fudge you ever sank your teeth into, guaranteed!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 36 servings
Calories 137kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, I use Jiff. Note: I do not recommend using 'natural' peanut butter.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lb confectioner's sugar, about 3 1/2 cups


  • Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Note: you can use a 9×9 pan, or even a loaf pan.
  • Using a heavy bottomed saucepan melt the butter and peanut butter together over medium heat. Stir constantly to get the mixture well combined.
    making peanut butter fudge in a saucepan
  • Turn the heat down to low and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  • Fold in the sugar with a silicone spatula or spoon. Make sure to get all the sugar incorporated and the fudge nice and smooth. The low heat will help this process.
    making peanut butter fudge
  • When the fudge is smooth transfer to your prepared pan and spread out evenly with an offset spatula.
    peanut butter fudge spread in pan
  • Let chill for at least 2 hours before slicing into small squares. If you have lined your pan with parchment paper or foil you can gently lift it out for neater slicing.
    slicing peanut butter fudge into squares
  • Fudge can be stored at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. It also freezes well.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    April 27, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Can you substitute the confectioner’s sugar for Truvia confectioner’s blend?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 28, 2022 at 6:00 am

      If it’s the same volume, then I assume so, Veneta, but I haven’t tried that.

  • Reply
    December 23, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Why do u use salt for in fudge??

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 23, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      Salt brings out the flavor in just about everything, even desserts! In this case it enhances the peanutty flavor.

  • Reply
    December 22, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!

  • Reply
    December 22, 2021 at 8:19 am

    5 stars
    This is how I make my peanut butter fudge. It’s pretty famous. Our family has won several blue ribbons at the county fair with this, and I’ve made it for wedding cookie tables. It’s the absolute best!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 22, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Oh wow, love that, Kim!!

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