Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe is ‘TO DIE FOR’. Give this tasty fudge as a gift, bring it to a party. Or…enjoy the velvety rich peanut butter as a personal indulgence. It will make your tastebuds happy!
This recipe for Homemade Peanut butter fudge is a contribution from one of our readers and fellow foodie, Brenda Grindheim.
Brenda began an email conversation with me when her craft group decided to make our Candy Coated Spoons . We have had several fun conversations about the spoons (See Benda’s version of the spoons in the post). We got to know each other a bit and became foodie cyber friends 🙂
Brenda is an Army veteran who lives near Portland Oregon. She’s a kitty cat lover, and food crafter. She enjoys making homemade foodie gifts for her friends and relatives. Thank you Brenda for your years of service to our country and your generous giving heart in sharing your amazing fudge recipe with us.
You will be seeing more recipes from Brenda. Stay Tuned!
Homemade fudge of any kind is not a tradition on my side of the family. However, My sister in law Linda always spoiled us terribly at Holidays with her goodie trays full of every wonderful thing…including fudge. But I had never made a batch of fudge in my life! To tell you the truth it intimidated me. So I took it as a challenge to try to create a good fudge out of Brenda’s recipe.
I have now made two batches of Brenda’s Homemade Peanut butter fudge in a week! We love this stuff! This peanut butter flavor is yummers!!
The soft ball stage and unreliable thermometers.
Since I had never made fudge…yeah there was a slight learning curve. My first batch, I carefully followed the directions and everything was going well until right at the end. My syrup got hot, looked great to me… and the thermometer told me is wasn’t done yet. So I kept going… way too long as I found out.
I took it off the stove and it went to powder. NOT kidding. I watched in horror as my fudge syrup, now off the stove, continued to change. It just literally went from a liquid to stiff mass, and then crumbled into powder. My treacherous, deceitful themometer lied to me. I think it was actually at hard crack instead of soft ball stage.
I saved it. Sort of. I finished adding the peanut butter and butter and stirring it up. I added some extra butter and spread it in my pan. It was really tasty. Just dry and crumbly. So I tried again for our Thanksgiving party.
The second time, I got a glass of water and kept it next to the stove top. As I stirred I used the thermometer to test my theory. I was proved right. As the syrup cooked I occasionally added a drop of it to the glass of water. The soft ball stage in my cup came way earlier than my thermometer indicated. So check your thermometer or just use a glass of water. When the syrup drops onto your cup and forms a ball take it off the stove!
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Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe:
BRENDA’S TIP– Before you begin the fudge, Set the jar of peanut butter in a smaller pan of hot water. Let it sit in the hot water until needed. This makes it easier to remove from jar when ready to add to hot mixture.
- In large heavy pan on medium heat mix 5 cups granulated sugar, salt and evaporated milk.
- Stir and cook till soft ball stage. (I kept a glass of water by the pan and dropped the syrup occasionally into the glass until it formed a ball)
- Remove from burner and add the stick of butter.
- Scant tablespoon vanilla.
- And an 18 ounce jar peanut butter.
- Stir till fully mixed.
- Pour into greased pan(s)
Recipe contributed By Brenda Grindheim