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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!

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

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Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge

Our Friend and contributor Brenda Grindheim is the author of this fabulous recipe. What a gorgeous kitty!!

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.

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge

This homemade Peanut butter fudge is addicting. A perfect foodie gift!

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.

Cautionary tale:

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 thermometer 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.

Homemade Peanut butter fudge

I also learned that the tin foil pans from the grocery store are fudge molds 🙂 I liked the cute scallops but the printing on the fudge, not so much.

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 and calibrate 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!

Homemade Peanut butter fudge

Homemade Peanut butter fudge will be appreciated by all fudge lovers. I served this at our Thanksgiving Feast. Rave reviews by everyone! Anytime of year this would make a great foodie gift.

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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.

My TIP: Line your oiled pan with parchment over the bottom and up the sides with extra for hand holds.(watch video for a look at what I did) This gives you a very simple way to remove the fudge and void it getting impressions from your pan. You can see my first fudge batch was made without the parchment. It came out of the tinfoil pan easily but parchment would have eliminated the branding marks.

Questions:

Can this fudge be made ahead? Yes. It will hold very well at fridge temps if well covered so no air can get to it.

Can this fudge be frozen? Yes. Freeze in an airtight container with parchment paper in between the layers in your container for easy removal.

DEFROSTING INSTRUCTIONS: Allow the fudge to COMPLETELY come to fridge temp before serving. If you take this fudge out of the freezer and serve it will sweat and be somewhat gummy (but it will takes good). After the fudge temperature is equalized the sweating will stop and your fudge texture will be fine for serving.

Homemade Peanut butter fudge

REMEMBER: This recipe makes TWO of these pans of fudge. I cut the recipe in half and that was roughly 30 pieces of fudge.

 

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Love this easy recipe. What a great foodie gift!
Yield: 60

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 18 oz. peanut butter
  • 1/4 Cup butter (1/2 Stick)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 5 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. In large heavy pan on medium heat mix 5 cups granulated sugar, salt and evaporated milk.
  2. 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)
  3. Remove from burner and add the stick of butter.
  4. Scant tablespoon vanilla.
  5. And an 18 ounce jar peanut butter.
  6. Stir till fully mixed.
  7. Pour into 2 greased 8x8x2 pan or one 13 x 9 inch casserole dish lined with parchment.
  8. Cover casserole and set in fridge until thoroughly chilled and set.
  9. Cut into one inch sections

Nutrition Information

Yield

60

Serving Size

1 cube of fudge

Amount Per Serving Calories 130

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Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe is creamy and dreamy. Give this tasty fudge as a gift, bring it to a party. Or…enjoy the velvety rich peanut butter as a personal indulgence.

Recipe contributed By Brenda Grindheim

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KELLY R Harrison

Saturday 14th of December 2019

My fudge stayed too soft. How can i repair it?

Kayti Lavergne

Saturday 14th of December 2019

Hi Kelly! It sounds like you didn't cook it long enough, if you read this article it has lots of great tips for trouble shooting fudge. Hope that helps! https://www.thespruceeats.com/fix-overcooked-undercooked-fudge-520861

Debbie

Monday 9th of December 2019

This sounds pretty close to the fudge I used to make from my Mom's old Better Homes and Garden's Cookbook probably from the 1940s. I think it used about 2/3 cup milk though.

Diane

Monday 9th of December 2019

Hi Debbie, I can't say where Brenda Found her recipe. I can tell you it's delicious. :) I Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us. Have a great evening!

Joy

Friday 22nd of November 2019

Hello. I just poured this into the dish, waiting for it to set. The leftover in the cooking pot tasted yummy. Can't wait to try it when it cools. Thank you.

Diane

Friday 22nd of November 2019

Hi Joy, I hope you enjoy this fudge. We love Brenda's recipe. Let us know how it goes and enjoy your weekend.

Susie

Monday 30th of October 2017

This looks easy enough, I may try it myself. Thank you, Diane and kitty-lover, Brenda. BTW, the photos are incredible!

Diane

Monday 30th of October 2017

Ho Susie, If you make it please let us know how it goes for you. Thanks and have a great day!

April J Harris

Monday 28th of November 2016

What a lovely recipe! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with it so honestly - it really does help to benefit from others' experiences!! I can't wait to give this yummy fudge a try. Scheduled to pin :-)

Diane

Monday 28th of November 2016

Thank you April. It's so good to hear fom you. Happy Holidays

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