This No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge recipe only uses 4 ingredients. It's quick and easy, and you get a big batch of creamy, old fashioned peanut butter fudge.
I absolutely love making this easy no bake fudge over the holidays. Just like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies and Milk Chocolate Pecans, these make great diy Christmas gifts too. Plus, it's ideal when you are on a budget and have a lot of friends and family to buy for.
This fudge only takes about 10 minutes to whip up, then it goes in the fridge for 2 hours. Cut it up into squares and voila..peanut butter fudge treats!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It only uses 4 ingredients ( 5 if you count the m&ms)
- The recipe is so easy to whip up. All you need is a double boiler or you can make one like I did.
- It's a fantastic gift to give on Christmas. I always love a homemade food gift!
- This no bake peanut butter fudge is delish!
Peanut Butter Chips-Similar texture to white chocolate chips, but with a peanut butter flavor.
Sweetened Condensed Milk-Creamy and sweet! The sweetened condensed milk also helps to thicken the fudge.
Peanut Butter- For additional creamy peanut butter texture and taste!
Vanilla Extract- For added flavor.
Peanut Butter M&M's- Optional: I really like to add them for looks and I'm crazy about peanut butter m&ms. They are extra fun over the holidays with the red and green. If you don't have any, you could add sprinkles or chocolate chips.
How to Make No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge:
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Here are the Step by Step Instructions for Peanut Butter Fudge.
Step 1: Begin by prepping an 8x8 pan with parchment paper covering the bottom of the pan and up the sides, so it is easy to remove the fudge. Use scissors to slice a slit into the parchment paper on each corner, so it fits well.
Step 2: Fill the bottom of the double boiler with about 1 cup of water and heat on medium low heat. Add the peanut butter chips into the top and allow them to completely melt, stirring every few minutes.
Step 3: Once the peanut butter chips melt completely, pour in the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine. Add in vanilla extract and stir.
Step 4: Plop in the peanut butter and stir to combine.
Step 5: As soon as it is mixed in well, pour it into the 8x8 pan. Use a spoon to gently spread the mixture around into the corners.
Step 6: Take a piece of parchment paper big enough to cover the top and push it down over the top of the fudge. Use hands to press down onto it to make the fudge top even and smooth.
Step 7: Remove the parchment paper and top with m&ms, sprinkles, chocolate chips or leave it plain. Cover with tin foil and refrigerate for 2 hours. Then, slice into small squares and enjoy or pack them up into cute little boxes and hand out as gifts.
I tested this and felt like the version with the white chocolate chips didn't have enough of the peanut butter taste I was looking for. It tasted a lot more milkier, and a lot like white chocolate. The texture is still very fudgy though. It's still good, but I would go with the peanut butter chips.
You have to make sure you melt the peanut butter chips entirely before adding the sweetened condensed milk.
In certain recipes, that may be acceptable, but not with fudge. We need the sweet, creamy, sugary flavor sweetened condensed milk has to offer. Evaporated milk does not have added sugar and won't work in this recipe.
I have not tested these, but it is a completely different texture than creamy peanut butter (like Jif) & I don't suggest it.
I recommend storing it in the fridge in a sealed container and eating within one week.
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