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Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge

Christmas and New Years are both holidays our family celebrates with fudge! And this week’s post is a peanut buttery fudge with a hint of cocoa. Let me introduce you to the fabulous Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge.

Easiest Fudge Ever

Peanut butter fudge recipes are among the easiest fudges around. Peanut butter and rich butter create a creamy texture that doesn’t require boiling sugar to a fixed point or even dealing with jars of marshmallow cream and various cans of milk.

Stacked Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge showing creamy sides studded with tiny peanut chunks.

Really, you only need to be able to 1. melt butter and peanut butter on the stove 2. stir in powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla, and 3. spread in a buttered pan. So very simple. What could be easier?

For the Love of Fudge

And yet, homemade fudge is such a decadent Christmas treat and an appreciated gift. This is one of my favorite to make over the holidays because it’s so rich, buttery and delicious. I love to package it with some of my other favorite fudge recipes like Best Chocolate Fudge and Coffee Shop Fudge.

The fudge looks not-quite-chocolate and not-quite-peanut butter. That 3 tablespoons of cocoa adds just a hint of cocoa flavor. A very unique fudge, but one both your chocolate and peanut butter lovers will appreciate. You’ll love how this yummy candy melts in your mouth!

The Recipe

A note on the peanut butter – this recipe calls for crunchy peanut butter. You can see the nice little peanut bits in the pictures. But I got a slightly different texture when I picked up a store brand crunchy peanut butter last time so I would suggest sticking with a well-known brand name to achieve the right texture.

Two squares of Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge stacked on top of each other.
Three plated Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge squares.

Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge

Yield: 2 lbs. fudge
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Quick and easy peanut butter fudge made with butter, powdered sugar, crunchy peanut butter and vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8-inch pan with heavy aluminum foil and butter generously. In medium sized bowl stir together powdered sugar and cocoa. Lay out a measuring tablespoon and vanilla.
  2. In a saucepan, combine chunky peanut butter and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted and well blended together. Remove the pan from heat and add the powdered sugar, cocoa, and vanilla extract. Beat quickly and well. Then immediately spread into prepared pan and freeze for 30 minutes until just firm. Cut into 1 inch squares and store at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 2 1inch squares
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g
Two squares of fudge on a cutting board.

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For more fudge recipes check out Best Chocolate Fudge and Coffee Shop Fudge as well!

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