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Easy to make and even easier to give away (who doesn’t love fudge?), peanut butter fudge makes a great treat to keep around the house or a thoughtful gift for someone with a sweet tooth. The list of ingredients is pretty small and features many items that are probably already in your pantry so this recipe is a perfect potluck option, too.

For a simple homemade dessert, you’ve got to give this a try!

Peanut Butter Fudge

(makes about 3 1/3 pounds of fudge)


  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 5-ounce cans evaporated milk (or 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup finely chopped peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan (about two inches deep) with foil and fold the foil over the edges. Butter the foil, then set the baking pan aside.
  2. Butter or lightly grease the sides of a heavy three-quart saucepan, and then add the sugar, evaporated milk, and butter. Using a candy thermometer clipped to the side of the pan as measurement, cook and stir the mixture over medium-high heat until it reaches 236 degrees F (about 12 minutes).
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat (and remove the thermometer) and add the peanut butter, marshmallow crème, peanuts, and vanilla to the saucepan. Mix well.
  4. Then, spread the fudge mixture into the foil-lined pan. Press into the pan and smooth the top, and let cool. Then, cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap and let the fudge chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
  5. Cut into squares.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Midwest Living