Peanut Butter Fudge

Total Time:
2 hr 14 min
10 min
2 hr
4 min

64 (1-inch) pieces


Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.) Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen. Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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    This recipe was super great. All the other recipes I checked out called for milk, which I didn't have, but had plenty of butter. I tried using smaller measurements because I wanted to make a smaller, personal batch. I didn't really know what I was doing, but it still came out really great. Might use less butter next time. Very simple and easy recipe. Great recipe in case you don't have milk.
    This is a marvoulos party food everyone loves it. Also try dipping thrm in choclete yo make your own resses penut butter cups.
    I couldn't believe how easy this was! The taste and results were unbelievable. No more stirring and soft ball stage for me. This is a keeper. Thanks Alton Brown and Food Network.
    Easy and tastes great!
    Very good! Next time I will weigh the powdered sugar, though.
    I was sooo disappointed! This began to set up before I even got the sugar in-I may try the tip off putting sugar in slowly-but first try was a bust.
    Way too sweet! should have put less powdered sugar in, a dash of salt, and more peanut butter
    This fudge was very simple to make and tasted delicious! SUGGESTION: add the powdered sugar little by little and use a whisk to mix it throughly into the mixture before adding more. Keep adding powdered sugar until the mixture beings to lose its sheen. I made this recipe twice and the first time I mixed it together with a spoon. This left me with little chunks of powdered sugar in the mixture, and the fudge was some what spotty looking and tasted too sweet. However, when using the whisk the second time, the fudge came out smooth, and creamy. 
    Wonderful! Holiday family tradition! Thanks Alton!
    Wow! Delish just like buckeye balls without chocolate covering! I will try the chocolate layer next time. Very simple with few ingredients that I can memorize! Great for my hectic days during the Holidays!
    Love it. The crumbly texture only happens when you try to cut it when it is too cold. Let it warm to room temperature and it's fine. 
    This recipe is missing an ingredient probably 1/2 cup of milk.
    Quick, easy, and delicious! One of the best peanut butter fudge recipes I've made, and it's gone over well with family and friends alike. For those reviewers who had texture issues, I would have to assume something went wrong in their ingredient selection or preparation. I've made this at least 10 times, all in a matter of minutes, with no issue. Perfect texture, perfect taste. I highly recommend this!
    This recipe tasted OK but was so horribly crumbly I couldn't even gift it as planned - BIG disappointment! I followed the recipe exactly!
    This fudge is amazing! I added 1tsp of kosher salt which gave it a sweet salty flavor...YUMMY!!
    The taste wasn't terrible, but certainly not anything I would make again. It is really a sorry excuse for fudge. The texture wasn't good and it tasted like peanut butter diluted with powdered sugar (duh!).
    I made this on a whim, one day for fun. I halved the recipe, because I was alone and didn't need as much as the recipe says. I added as much powdered sugar I felt was necessary, and eyeballed it until it was thick, to my liking. I tried it warm and semi cold, and it wasn't too good. The next day after it was thoroughly chilled, this fudge was fantastic! I recommend making it, and it was quick and easy.
    Awesome! I used Smuckers All Natural Peanut Butter, well stirred. It isn't super creamy but the little pieces of peanuts were kind of nice. Wonderful peanut flavor. Easy recipe to follow and execute. I asked my husband for suggestions for the next time, he said he wouldn't change a thing and I agree.
    This recipe is as simple as it is delicious! Like some of the other reviewers, I recommend watching the videos whenever possible. The recipe turns out perfectly if you follow the recipe, but I've found, on a lot of Food Network recipes actually, that they often leave something out. In this case, the recipe called for powdered sugar but when you watch the video, Alton sifts the powdered sugar.
    This is now the second time I've made this recipe and both times it has come out absolutely excellent! Fun recipe to do with kids... short and simple! Also I didn't have any unsalted butter but I thought the salted butter worked just fine. For those of you who don't want to weigh stuff out this is how I did the recipe.  
    1 c butter (2 sticks 
    1 c peanut butter 
    1 tsp vanilla 
    3 3/4 c powdered sugar 
    The rest as follows. 
    Yes, these are easy & simple ingredients, but they are dry, crumbly and way too sweet! Maybe they would work with half as much of the sugar...
    Very easy to make; great peanut butter taste; crumbly tho; wonder how I can make it less crumbly?
    Too Dry & Overly Sweet. Easy to make, though...
    Easy and Awesome...
    after a less successful attempt with another recipe, i tried this one with a day to go before my family's Christmas dinner. it worker perfectly on the first try. i did not have a microwave large enough to contain the bowl, so i used a medium sauce pan on the stove. the result was a huge hit, and i have enjoyed several pieces myself. thank you for this recipe.
    Followed the recipe exactly and the minute I added the sugar it seized up into little balls. Total waste of my time and ingredients.
    I love this recipe and have been making it for years. Follow the recipe and you will have success!
    Good simple recipe but I'm wondering why the extra 2 minutes, next time I won't microwave it a second time thinking it might have a softer texture. I used Cookie butter from Trader Joe's instead of peanut butter and because I kept the vanilla in the recipe as called for, it turned out a bit sweet but that is on me - if it was peanut butter it would have been just sweet enough with the vanilla but with the cookie butter it didn't need it due to how it was flavored to begin with. 
    Nice recipe and leave it to Alton to save the day! =
    This was awesome and so easy to make. I read the other comments about the butter-8 ounces IS two sticks! Eight tablespoons = 1 stick, Eight ounces= 2 sticks!!
    OMG!! Sooo simple to make! And, sooo tasty! I know Alton weights things out a lot, so I pulled out my digital scale for the powdered sugar. Used the peanut butter I had on hand- peter pan honey roast creamy. Don't use imitation vanilla- only the real stuff! Making a second batch now to hand out for Christmas gifts! Thanks Alton!!!
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