This Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe with sweetened condensed milk is made with only 4 ingredients and can be whipped up in just about 10 minutes!
This simple microwave fudge recipe is sweet, creamy, and oh-so peanut buttery. You’ll impress anyone lucky enough to be given a piece (or two.) Peanut Butter Fudge is perfect for holiday cookie trays and gift-giving.
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
This peanut butter fudge with sweetened condensed milk is creamy, peanut buttery, and sweet.
It’s also a great microwave fudge recipe that can easily be adapted to your preferences.
- Prefer milk chocolate instead of white? No problem.
- Want your fudge a little crunchier? Then simply use crunchy peanut butter in place of smooth.
Learn how to make peanut butter fudge in the microwave today! No candy thermometer is needed in this easy recipe.
More Recipes for The Fudge-Aholics
- Mint Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- Decadent Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge
- Rocky Road Fudge
- Cherry Vanilla Fudge
- Saltine Cracker Toffee (ok, so not fudge, but definitely belongs in the candy category.)
Ingredients for this Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe + Notes
(Ingredients at a glance, you will find the full recipe with ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- White chocolate chips or candy melts | You could easily swap white chocolate out for milk chocolate which would be a great pairing too!
- Sweetened condensed milk | 14 oz can
- Peanut butter | Any kind of peanut butter will be fine, except for natural or organic – Only use regular peanut butter for this fudge recipe – natural/organic will cause your fudge to not set adequately due to the level of oil present in these types of peanut butter.
- Vanilla Extract | I love using vanilla extract in place of vanilla essence in fudge as it offers a deeper flavor which prevents that peanut butter flavor dominance if you know what I mean?! The balance of flavors created in this amazing peanut butter treat is just too delicious!!
How to make Peanut Butter Fudge with sweetened Condensed Milk
- Line an 8 by 8-inch square pan with wax or parchment paper.
- Add the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and peanut butter to a microwave-safe bowl.
- Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, remove the bowl, and stir with a rubber spatula
- Keep microwaving the fudge at 15-second intervals at 50% power, stirring well until the white chocolate chips are mostly melted Keep stirring until the fudge is completely combined. (this I where the arm workout comes in – the peanut butter fudge mixture is very thick.)
- Add vanilla and stir for about an additional minute until the fudge is glossy and the vanilla is thoroughly mixed in.
- Pour fudge and spread evenly into the prepared dish. Allow fudge time to chill and set up. (You can speed up the process by placing the peanut butter fudge in the fridge once it has cooled.)
- Only use regular or commercial brand peanut butter for this fudge recipe – natural/organic will cause your fudge to not set adequately due to the level of oil present in these types of peanut butter. Jif and Skippy peanut butter are great options but you can use whatever is available at your local store too.
- Common mistakes when it comes to making fudge include overcooking it (resulting in grainy fudge), cooking at too high of a temperature, too fast (resulting in the natural oils separating and creating a “greasy” fudge), or undercooking it (resulting in your fudge not setting properly).
- If you store your fudge in the freezer, it’s worth wrapping it in wax paper and then in foil to keep it from losing its freshness from a potential loss of moisture. While you never want your fudge to be too sticky or soft from moisture, you also don’t want it to lose too much moisture that it starts to taste stale and loses those rich, delicious flavors you worked hard to create!
- In a rush to cool your fudge? Simply place it in your refrigerator to chill.
- Swirl a 1/4 cup of melted chocolate chips into the top of the peanut butter fudge. (or better yet, use a larger pan and swirl together this peanut butter fudge and chocolate fudge!)
- Add nuts or marshmallows.
- Sprinkle Reese’s pieces on top.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Add chopped-up Oreos.
- Another great peanut butter treat recipe to try is this No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars.
What Type Of Peanut Butter Can I Use In This Fudge?
Any, except natural/organic style (the kind you have to stir the oil back into.) You can use pretty much any brand or type of peanut butter except for natural or organic, as this tends to have additional oils that will affect the consistency of the fudge. Other than that, feel free to use smooth or chunky commercial-brand peanut butter.
What type of White Chocolate Chips should I use?
Choose white chocolate chips that you enjoy eating straight out of the package. You can use white chocolate chips or white candy melts.
I don’t recommend using pure white chocolate as it is made with cocoa butter and requires cooking a certain temp with a candy thermometer to ensure it sets properly. My favorites to use are Nestle Premier White Morsels, Ghiradelli White Chocolate Chips, or the white candy chips from Hobby Lobby (look for the bright white ones.)
How Long Does Peanut Butter Fudge Keep?
Quite a while! This easy peanut butter fudge generally lasts 2-3 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the fridge or up to several months in the freezer. To thaw frozen fudge, allow it to sit at room temperature in its wrapping until completely thawed out.
How Can I Achieve Cleanly Cut Pieces Of Fudge?
Have you ever experienced your fudge crumbling as you cut into it? Here are two ways to prevent it from happening:
- Use a Very Sharp Knife. To avoid the fudge from crumbling, a very sharp (large) knife is needed.
- Warm Your Knife: Warm your knife up in hot water between cutting your fudge pieces… similar to what you may have done when cutting frosted cakes.
- Let It Cool: You also need to allow your fudge to cool down before you attempt to cut it completely. It’s best to place your fudge in a cool, dry area of your kitchen for a minimum of 2 hours before you cut it.
Do I Really Need To Stir The Fudge So Frequently?
Stirring your fudge frequently helps to bind and incorporate all the ingredients. Since you are cooking this peanut butter fudge in the microwave, you also need to take care not to let the white chocolate chips burn. (They do burn quickly in the microwave and there is no fixing burned chocolate. Stick to the recipe instructions given and you’ll be fine.
Can I Use Chunky Peanut Butter In This Recipe?
Of course! If you prefer a bit of texture in your fudge over a creamy peanut butter fudge, you can use crunchy peanut butter. (or even better, how about mixing in some chopped Reese’s pieces -yum.)
Why does my peanut Butter Fudge Seem Oily?
Two reasons this may have happened. One is your peanut butter had too much oil in it, to begin with. (see my photo above) Or you may have heated the mixture too fast and caused the oils in the chocolate to separate. To avoid this, I recommend heating in the microwave at 50% power and stopping before the chocolate morsels are completely melted.
To fix an oily fudge, I recommend transferring the fudge to a clean bowl and letting it sit for a few minutes, then stirring the fudge slowly to try to incorporate the oil back into the fudge.
Tried this Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe?Print
- 12 oz bag white chocolate chips or candy melts
- 14 oz can Sweetened condensed milk
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (not natural or organic style)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Line a 8 by 8 casserole dish with wax paper.
- Add the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave for 30 seconds, remove bowl and stir, stir stir.
- Microwave the fudge at 15 second intervals, stirring like crazy until the white chocolate chips are completely melted and the fudge is completely combined.
- Add vanilla and stir for about an additional minute until the fudge is glossy and vanilla is completely mixed in.
- Pour fudge and spread evenly into prepared dish. Allow fudge time to chill and set up. (you can speed up the process by placing in the fridge once it has cooled.)
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 104
- Fat: 6
- Carbohydrates: 12
- Protein: 2
Keywords: peanut butter fudge, peanut butter candy, microwave fudge recipe
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.