Granny’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Ho, Ho, Ho!!  Only 2 more days until Christmas!!

We have quite a few Christmas traditions in my family.  One of my favorites used to be going to my dad’s parents’ house and celebrating on Christmas eve with the rest of that side of the family.  My granny Trula would always make chili dogs and homemade french fries (best fries EVER by the way), and we always always always had her peanut butter fudge.  She actually called it peanut butter candy….same thing.  This was a treat that she made throughout the year, but it was a family favorite.

Unfortunately, those times are gone now.  My Granny Trula and Grandpa Bart are watching us from Heaven now.  But we have kept up the tradition of getting together each year before Christmas and spending time with my dad’s side of the family.  Now, we typically have tacos…another traditional Christmas dinner (ha!)…and I typically make our granny’s fudge.  It’s just not the same without it.


Psst!  My granny also made excellent peach cobbler!!!! Find that recipe by clicking here. It’s another great holiday treat.


Now back to the how-to for this fudge.  It’s very very easy.

Granny’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Makes about 50 pieces (give or take…I forgot to count…)

  • 13 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 Tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 one-pound box + 6-10 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Place butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and poke vent holes in the top of the plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Add evaporated milk to heated mixture and stir until well combined. Recover and microwave an additional 2 minutes.

Careful, it will be boiling hot!!

Stir mixture. Add sugar in 4 separate additions, stirring until well combined after each. It’ll get harder to stir and become less shiny. You will need the first pound of powdered sugar (about 3 3/4 cups) for sure, then add extra 6-10 Tbsp until the mixture is thickened to the point where it won’t pour easily. Continue stirring until most sugar is dissolved and there aren’t many clumps. Add vanilla and stir until well incorporated.

Transfer mixture into a 13×9 glass pan that’s lightly sprayed with nonstick spray. Chill for 2-3 hrs or until set.

This is a very indulgent recipe.  As in, NOT very healthy.  But it is the holidays and they are small pieces of fudge. Everything in moderation!

What is your family’s favorite holiday tradition?

13 thoughts on “Granny’s Peanut Butter Fudge

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have been looking for one that did not use marshmallow crème. Hope mine tastes as good as your nibbles of yesteryears.

  2. I love your recipe and the sweet story…I saw it on pinterest. I’ll be pinning it to more boards and sharing it on my Facebook page, Sweet Little Bluebird (just the photo from your FB page and sharing the link to here). I plan on making your Granny’s PB fudge for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing! Cheers!

    • Hi there! Realized I hadn’t replied to you. (Sorry about that) The vanilla extract’s flavor will disappate some when heated. So it’s best to always add the vanilla after you’re done heating the mixture. Hope you like the recipe!

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  5. This recipe did not work for me at all, the butter separated and just sat at the top and it certainly didn’t fill a 9×13….back to marshmallow cream

    • Hi there! Sorry it didn’t work out for you! The mixture fills a thin layer of a 9×13 pan, but can put in a 9×9 if you want it thicker. If there is butter that collects on top (which has happened to me before!), you can blot with Viva paper towels. I sometimes put paper towels on top instead of foil to put it in the fridge, just in case. Hope that helps if you choose to try it again! Merry Christmas!

      • The oil will also absorb back in if left alone for a couple hours. As long as it’s not swimming in it.

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