This old fashioned peanut butter fudge recipe is light and creamy, and amazingly simple! No one would ever guess that it only requires four ingredients, one pot, and a few minutes of cooking time.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother’s sister used to make a big batch of peanut butter fudge every year during the holidays. From the moment I took my first bite, I was forever changed.
I hadn’t thought it was possible for anything to taste that good! It felt like I’d died and gone to a sweet, peanut-buttery heaven where I danced among unicorns and fluffy white clouds.
Every year, I looked forward to visiting my grandma after her annual fudge delivery. Since she knew how much I loved it, she always made sure to save several pieces for me.
I envisioned the peanut butter fudge-making process as being something complex, requiring candy thermometers and special sugars, and perhaps a little bit of fairy dust. The fudge seemed like the sort of thing that only great-aunts could make…something that could never be replicated by a mere mortal like me.
So when I came across this super easy peanut butter fudge recipe in a family cookbook years later, I was shocked to say the least.
- There were only four simple ingredients!
- Only one pot!
- And the instructions were only two sentences long!
I was so excited to know it was that simple to replicate the fudge I’d fantasized about for so many years. Sure enough, the batch I made came out every bit as delicious as the one from my grandma’s sister, and now I knew I could have my favorite fudge whenever my heart desired.
Soon I became famous amongst my friends for this delightful peanut butter fudge. And, just like my great aunt, I never let on how easy it was to make.
I had fun letting everybody think I had some secret fudge-making powers, or perhaps some obscure ingredients up my sleeve.
Nope. Just a container of marshmallow fluff (marshmallow creme), some good old fashioned creamy peanut butter, milk, and sugar. The secret’s out, and I can’t wait for y’all to make this yourselves and become your own fudge-making hero.
Best Peanut Butter for Peanut Butter Fudge:
As much as I love natural peanut butter, you don’t want to use it in this recipe. Stick with traditional creamy peanut butter (I almost always use Jif).
The fudge-making process works best if you put the fluff and peanut butter into bowls (as pictured above) before adding them to the milk/sugar mixture. That way you can add them quickly and make sure everything melts together without separation.
The Best and Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
- 2 cups sugar
- 7 oz marshmallow fluff
- 12 oz creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Butter a small pyrex or 8×8 baking dish and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan (preferably non-stick), combine the milk and sugar, and bring to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for three minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Stir until well combined.
- Spread the fudge into the baking dish. Allow to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate