7 Food Gifts – #5 Alton Brown’s EASY Peanut Butter Fudge

For the fifth food gift from my 7 Food Gifts post, I made peanut butter fudge. This peanut butter fudge is mixed with whole and halved peanuts for a nice crunch! It’s the EASIEST recipe every, it doesn’t require baking, just a microwave. If you need a quick food gift, this is it. It’s delicious, *thoughtful*, peanut butter-licious, and serves a lot.

DSC_0870_titleI got the recipe from one of my favorite Food Network chefs, Alton Brown.

EASY Peanut Butter Fudge

Adapted from FoodNetwork.com
Yield:  8×8 inch pan of fudge


  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of peanuts (optional)


  1. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.)
  2. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen. Add cup of peanuts if desired. Mix in until evenly distributed in fudge mixture.
  3. Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Like I said, easy peasy, microwave and stir until smooth. Xmas Candy9_PBFudgeThen add nuts if you like. I did it because it gives it a nice crunch and breaks up some of the sweetness of the fudge mixture.

Xmas Candy10_PBMix evenly and spread it in the prepared pan.

Xmas Candy11_PB

After set, cut into pieces for serving.


DSC_0868_PBPackage as you please. I wrapped four pieces in parchment and then placed them into the clear baggies and stacked the fudge.

DSC_0872_PBDSC_0876_PBThis candy was named after my husband. He’s a management consultant; here are his labels.

Patrick_Label Patrick_Cover

3 thoughts on “7 Food Gifts – #5 Alton Brown’s EASY Peanut Butter Fudge

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