5 Minute Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

This easy fudge is just 3 ingredients and takes about five minutes to prepare. Everything is made in one bowl and cooks in the microwave. close-up photo of microwave peanut butter fudge pieces

I had a lot of fun making cookies and cream fudge and Nutella fudge. So I decided to tackle peanut butter fudge.

Before I had a chance to experiment, I came across a super easy recipe by Alton Brown. The recipe was only four ingredients and doesn’t use chocolate unlike most of the other fudges I’ve made.

close-up photo of a stack of microwave peanut butter fudge pieces

I opted to leave out the vanilla, making this recipe just 3 ingredients. This recipe takes only five minutes to put together. Super easy! They store well too making it great for holiday gifting.
close-up photo of microwave peanut butter fudge

Other easy fudge recipes:

Nutella fudge

Peppermint Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

Andes Mint Fudge

Recipe is now updated with video! You can find all my recipe videos on my youtube channel as well.

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 64 pieces

This peanut butter fudge takes only five minutes to put together. Super easy! They store well too making it great for holiday gifting.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (see note)
  • 1 lb powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper (I recommend making the parchment paper long enough so that it hangs off the edges of the pan on two sides, which will allow you to grip them later to lift out the parchment paper and contents.) 
  2. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Microwave for 1 more minute and stir again until mixture is completely melted and smooth. Add the powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir until batter is smooth. The batter should be quite thick, like a paste.
  3. Spread batter into the lined baking pan. Press another parchment paper on the surface and use your palms to apply gentle pressure to evenly spread the fudge across the entire pan. Lift off the top layer of parchment paper and smooth surface of fudge with your hands. Refrigerate for about 2 hours to let set. Lift fudge out of the pan. Cut into one-inch squares with sharp knife. Keep uneaten portions stored in the fridge.

Notes:

Avoid using natural peanut butter as the consistency can vary and affect the texture of the fudge.

Recipe very slightly adapted from: Alton Brown

All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

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59 comments on “5 Minute Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge”

  1. This is the third batch in 2 days! Yum!

  2. Great but at the end I added two tablespoons of vanilla

  3. Dangerous, dangerous knowledge. It’s a brilliant, foolproof recipe. I actually was out of vanilla and used a little splash of almond extract, and it’s quite lovely. Natural peanut butter works a little differently than your standard JIF, but I think it’s pretty nice.

  4. Alton says 2minutes stir and two minutes more

  5. Dangerously to sweet to be true…So rieasy to make….thank you for sharing….

  6. It was sooo good and there was enough to go around for the hole party. WOW!!

  7. Would crunchy peanut butter work as well?  Or would it be better to add crushed nuts at the end?  

    • add the nuts at the end, otherwise it will be really hard to mix the fudge batter and make it smooth. it’ll be hard to tell what are powder sugar lumps and what are lumps from your crunchy pb

  8. Thanks, turned out great!  I also tried with almond butter 🙂

  9. Would country spread butter work its in a brown bowl

    • I have not tried so I’m not sure

      • My mixture did not come out like a paste I don’t know what I done wrong I have it in frigde hopefully it gets hard

      • I’m sorry to hear that. Did you make sure to add the entire one pound of powdered sugar? I know some people might think they want to make it less sweet and not add the full amount but actually the full amount is needed to get the correct texture.

  10. It’s was delicious. I would think country spread would work.

  11. Is there any alternative to powdered sugar? I haven’t looked but I don’t think we have any. At least not any that isn’t stale.

  12. One batch with dark chocolate chips and one batch with White Chocolate Chips with a touch of almond extract and sugar instead of powder sugar…YUMMM!!

  13. how long is the shelf life of the fudge? 

  14. What would happen if I used less butter in this recipe?

  15. So simple and so delicious. I live alone so I half the recipe and I still have plenty to share with neighbors or friends at work. It is rich so two pieces is enough to make one happy 🙂

  16. What if you use salted butter? I bought a pound but wanted to make more. 

    • salted butter just means you’ll have a higher salt content in your fudge. You can try it out and maybe add more sugar to balance out any additional saltiness

  17. It gives how many squares of fudge?

  18. the recipe on foodnetwork.com for Alton Brown also calls for a teaspoon of vanilla

    • that is correct. my version, I left that out. I guess I should have been more clear that I did make some very slight changes to the ingredients and to the actual process of making it as well.

  19. do i add the whole pound of powdered sugar?

  20. Is powdered sugar the same as icing sugar?

  21. So easy. Used 1 cup margarine instead of 8oz unsalted butter. One min was all oil, stir, 2nd min it looked overcooked and I thought oh no! Added half the sugar & it wasn’t incorporating so I figured it would suck, dumped the rest of the sugar in and it mixed up beautifully. Tastes great and I see how this can be made millions of ways for bake sales and fairs but it is almost too sweet to be anything but a treat

  22. It calls for 4 ingredients. I only see 3. What is missing? Vanilla?

    • apologies, this is an old post I was trying to update while still very jet-lagged. The original recipe was four ingredients. I dropped the vanilla, so my version is just 3 ingredients.

  23. what wattage microwave oven at what amount of time as time and wattage can make a difference in final product.thanksjoan

  24. Is the mixture supposed to be liquidy before you put it in the fridge??

    • No. it should be like a solid paste. the post is now updated with video so you can see the consistency. I think you may need to add more powdered sugar.


  25. This is so easy and melts in your mouth. I did add the vanilla though.  

  26. Has anyone made these ahead of time?
    How do they hold up?


  27. You are totally Evil for posting the recipe? It is way to easy to make Fudge now?
    I wasn’t even looking up Fudge recipes and it came up in the Pinterest feed? Now I can make Fudge all the time ??No I’m not pregnant, that’s just Fudge I’m carrying in my belly?????
    All jokes over! I added Almond Extract just to give it a special Christmas touch and I wanted to eat it all. For the second batch I used 1/2 stick less butter and added 1/3 cup Milk C Chips, Almond Ex and chopped Pecans then named it Chocolate Nutty Fudge. I wanted to eat both batches?????

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