This is the absolute best Peanut Butter Fudge you will ever taste and it’s so easy to make in the microwave. It’s unique ingredients give it an incredibly smooth texture and a lovely peanut butter flavor.
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There are many different recipes for making quick peanut butter fudge, but none quite like this one made using creamy peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and white chocolate. It is the best homemade peanut butter fudge you will ever taste.
Most easy peanut butter fudge recipes combine butter and peanut butter with a large amount of powdered sugar and a bit of vanilla. This makes a good fudge, one which I have enjoyed many times, but it can taste overly sweet, can be dry or even be greasy. Traditional old-fashioned peanut butter fudge recipes have you boil sugar with milk, butter, and peanut butter and can be challenging to make and may end up having a grainy texture. Plus the traditional recipe is time consuming and requires a candy thermometer.
This easy microwave peanut butter fudge recipe makes perfect fudge every time. It has a robust peanut butter flavor and is not overly sweet. The fudge looks and feels firm, but when you take a bite you will be amazed to find the fudge has an incredibly creamy texture. It practically melts in your mouth. You can make it plain using the recipe below or top it with chocolate to make Chocolate P.B. Fudge or even Tiger Butter Fudge. and you can even use it to make a Fudge Starfish, or Fudge Hearts, and even Fudge Cauldrons.
How to make Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
This 4-ingredient peanut butter fudge recipe is so simple. You just melt the peanut butter chips and white chips together in the microwave then stir in the peanut butter and salt, pour it into a pan and let it sit overnight to firm up. Easy, right? See the recipe below for detailed instructions.
Before you begin, I thought I’d answer some of the most commonly asked questions about making this microwave peanut butter fudge. You can read all our tips for making easy fudge on our FAQ page.
What size pan should I use to make this microwave peanut butter fudge?
- You’ll want to use a 9 by 13 inch pan.
- This recipe makes a large quantity of really thick pieces of homemade peanut butter fudge.
- You can cut the recipe in half if you just want to just fill an 8 inch square pan or you can fill two 8 inch square pans using the recipe as written if you’d like thinner fudge.
- You can use metal, glass, ceramic, tin foil, or silicone pans.
Should I line my pan?
- Lining the pan will make removal of the fudge much easier than if you just buttered or sprayed the pan.
- You can line the pan with non-stick tin foil, regular tin foil that is buttered or sprayed with cooking spray, or with strips of parchment paper.
- If you use a silicone pan you do not need to line it with anything. The fudge should release beautifully from the silicone pan.
What kind of white chocolate chips make the best peanut butter fudge?
- I use Nestle White Morsels or Peter’s IceCaps to make this peanut butter fudge.
- I have been making this type of fudge for almost 30 years and I have experimented with many different brands of white chocolate and find that everyone I serve this fudge to agrees that the flavor is best when I use either of those types of white chocolate.
- Nestle White Morsels and Peter’s IceCaps are actually confectionery coating (a candy similar in taste and texture to chocolate that does not contain cocoa butter). They have a nice creamy texture and sweet white chocolate flavor.
- You can also use White Candy Melts, white almond bark, or Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers if they are easier for you to find, but the flavor will be a bit different.
- You can also use pure white chocolate but they tend to have a more robust custard-like flavor which may mute the peanut butter flavor slightly. You will also need to increase the amount of white chocolate to 42 ounces in order for your fudge to set up properly.
What are Peanut Butter Chips and where can I find them?
- Peanut Butter Chips are also a confectionery coating that taste like peanut butter.
- I use Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips which can be found at most grocery stores in the United States including Target, Kroger, and Walmart.
- You can also use Mercken’s Peanut Butter Candy Coating or Peanut Butter Candy Melts.
What peanut butter should I use to make my fudge?
- I use Jif Creamy Peanut Butter and love the flavor of the fudge it makes.
- Choose your favorite peanut butter if you prefer a different flavor.
- NOTE: I have not tested this recipe using a natural peanut butter but assume that if it’s well stirred that it will work alright.
How to make the best peanut butter fudge:
- Combine white chocolate and peanut butter chips together in a large microwave safe mixing bowl.
- Heat for 60 seconds on high power, then stir.
- Heat for another 60 seconds on high power, then stir.
- Then heat for 45 seconds and let the bowl sit in the microwave for 3 minutes before stirring.
- If all your white chocolate and peanut butter chips are not melted at this point you can heat for 15 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.
- When you are melting chocolate chips of any kind in the microwave, they will appear to hold their shape until you begin to melt them. It is important that you no overheat the chocolate or it will burn.
- So be sure to heat and stir even though the candy looks solid.
- Microwaves heat from the middle out so you need to move the chocolate that is hotter out so it won’t continue to heat up.
- Now stir in creamy peanut butter and salt.
- Pour into a 9×13 inch pan and set aside for at least 6 hours.
How to make smooth peanut butter fudge:
- This recipe will create amazingly smooth and creamy fudge.
- Use creamy peanut butter to get the best texture.
- Be sure the peanut butter is well blended into the white chocolate and peanut
Microwave peanut butter fudge recipe video tutorial…
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
This 4-ingredient microwave peanut butter fudge it so easy to make and is creamier than any other fudge you've ever tasted.
- 36 ounces Nestle White Morsels* (3 bags, about 6 cups)
- 24 ounces Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips (2 bags, about 4 cups)
- 40 ounces Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- *NOTE: If using pure white chocolate instead of the Nestle White Morsels, use 42 ounces.
Line a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper.
Combine white and peanut butter chips in a large (12 cup or more) microwave safe mixing bowl.
Heat on high power in the microwave for 1 minute.
Remove and stir.
Heat another minute, then stir, and another minute, then stir.
Then heat for 45 seconds and let the bowl sit in the microwave for about 3 minutes.
Remove and stir until completely melted.
If needed, heat for 15 second increments, stirring after each until melted.
Add peanut butter and salt and stir until well combined.
Pour into the lined baking pan.
Cover with tin foil and set aside for about 6 hours.
To speed up this process you may refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Remove the fudge from pan and peel off parchment paper or tin foil.
Cut into 96 squares and serve.
- *You can use white confectionery coating wafers (like Candy Melts) in place of the white morsels.
- For thinner fudge pour into two 8 inch or 9 inch square pans.
- For really thin fudge pout into two 9x13 inch pans.
- If you cut into 48 larger pieces (as you see pictured) each piece will have 326 calories.
How to store this homemade peanut butter fudge:
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
- A metal tin will keep the fudge the freshest for almost 2 months.
- A plastic airtight container will keep this fudge fresh for about 1 1/2 months.
- You can freeze this peanut butter fudge. Wrap it well in wax paper, place it in a zip top bag and inside an airtight container to keep it from picking up any odors in the freezer. It will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- To thaw, remove from freezer and let sit at room temperature in it’s container for at least 1 hour before opening.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for homemade peanut butter fudge. I think it’s the easiest microwave peanut butter fudge recipe that makes the most amazingly creamy fudge. If you agree that this is the best peanut butter fudge in the world, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
If you’d like to have some fun with peanut butter fudge you can top it or swirl it with chocolate ganache. You can even make adorable treats using peanut butter fudge like these…
Can you believe that each of the treats pictured above is made using this creamy peanut butter fudge?
See the other step-by-step recipe tutorials at HungryHappenings.com.
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Cocoa Crispy Peanut Butter Pinwheels • Easter Egg Bunnies • Chocolate Covered Fudge Bunnies
PB&J Brains • Fudge Filled Artisan Chocolates • Fudge Starfish
Not Pictured – White Chocolate PB Fudge Baseballs • PB Fudge Hearts
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