You can make this easy 4 ingredient peanut butter fudge in just 10 minutes of hands-on time! It’s the perfect no bake holiday dessert.Jump to Recipe
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We’re not professional bakers by any means, but we’ve developed a few easy, reliable methods for making homemade confections that we like to stick to during the holiday baking season. After experimenting with homemade fudge last year and coming up with two delicious flavors, we’ve taken the same method and applied it to a brand new flavor this year! Introducing: our smooth and creamy 4 ingredient peanut butter fudge.
Yes – you can make this peanut butter fudge without any complicated ingredients like confectioners sugar, milk, or butter. All you need is condensed milk, peanut butter chips, vanilla, and salt.
With just 10 minutes of hands-on effort, you can make a deliciously creamy, melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter fudge this holiday season. It’s the best dessert for serving a crowd at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even Easter since one batch of this recipe yields a ton of fudge, and it’s easy to scale.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and hit the kitchen ASAP so you can taste this fudge for yourself!
No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge Ingredients
You just need 4 ingredients to make this easy, no bake peanut butter fudge at home:
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Peanut butter chips
- Vanilla extract
- Fine sea salt
The only peanut butter chips we like to use are Reese’s – they have just the right amount of creaminess and sweetness. Use your favorite brand of peanut butter chips, since it’s the main flavor you’ll taste in this homemade fudge.
How To Make 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
It’s easy to make peanut butter fudge with condensed milk and peanut butter chips! This is our go-to method for no-bake fudge (including our sea salt caramel chocolate fudge and white chocolate peppermint fudge) since it’s quick, reliable, and easy for anyone to follow.
And it only takes about 10 minutes of hands-on time. What’s not to love?
Grab your ingredients, a small saucepan, a rubber spatula, and a square pan and you’ll have everything you need to make this delicious homemade fudge! Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make our 4-ingredient peanut butter fudge recipe:
- First, line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. To help the parchment stay inside the pan, you can lightly grease the pan with cooking spray first, and then press the parchment down into it. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles so they don’t get stuck in the fudge later on.
- Next, add the condensed milk to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Once it’s lightly steaming, add the peanut butter chips to the saucepan.
- Then, stir constantly until the peanut butter chips have melted and combined with the condensed milk. Use the rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the saucepan as you stir, which will help prevent burning or clumping.
- Once the peanut butter chips are fully incorporated, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the vanilla extract and fine sea salt and stir vigorously until incorporated. The fudge should have the texture of creamy peanut butter at this point.
- Next, scrape the fudge into the prepared pan and use the rubber spatula to spread it out into an even layer, about a quarter to a half inch thick. The fudge won’t entirely fill the pan – that’s okay! Just make sure it has the same thickness everywhere so that it sets evenly and you can slice it into equal-size pieces later on.
- Finally, set the fudge in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Then, slice into square pieces (about three-quarters of an inch wide and long) and enjoy!
If you want to add a little something extra to the presentation of this fudge, you can use a zester to finely dust the fudge with dark chocolate shavings before setting it in the fridge. This doesn’t impact the flavor of the fudge too much, but adds a little texture and interest to the plate.
Storing Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge
Once you’ve set and sliced the fudge, we recommend storing it in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. It will stay fresh and creamy this way, whereas storing this fudge in the fridge can dry it out.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
You will absolutely love this easy 4 ingredient peanut butter fudge recipe because it requires zero baking skills to make and takes only 10 minutes of your time! Its smooth and creamy texture is simply irresistible – any peanut butter lover will gobble up this fudge after Thanksgiving dinner (no pun intended).
Try our 4 ingredient peanut butter fudge recipe this holiday season and let us know what you think by leaving a rating and a comment below! For more easy desserts, browse our Desserts & Sweets page here.
Love this recipe? You may enjoy these recipes, too:
- Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Fudge
- White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
- Sweet Potato White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Sweet and Salty Trail Mix
4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
- 8×8 square pan
- 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 10 ounces peanut butter chips
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- First, line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper. To help it stay in place, lightly grease the bottom and sides of the pan with cooking spray, then press the paper into the pan and smooth out any wrinkles.
- Next, add the condensed milk to a small saucepan and warm over medium to medium-low heat. Once it’s lightly steaming (after a few minutes), add the peanut butter chips to the saucepan.Stir constantly until the peanut butter chips have melted and combined with the condensed milk, using the rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan to prevent burning.
- Once the peanut butter chips are fully incorporated and the fudge is smooth, remove the saucepan from heat. Add the vanilla extract and fine sea salt and stir vigorously until fully incorporated. The fudge should have the texture of creamy peanut butter at this point.
- Then, scrape the fudge into the prepared pan. Use the rubber spatula to help spread it into an even layer, about a quarter to a half inch thick. The fudge won't entirely fill the pan – that's okay.
- Finally, set the fudge in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before slicing into square pieces, about three-quarters of an inch wide and long.