Do you think there is a group around the holidays such as fudge-aholics anonymous?  Because I need it.  Maybe I will be the founding member.  The leftover fudge from our holiday party is becoming a real problem for me.  Not this peanut butter fudge though, because it disappeared before the others.  It’s smooth and peanut buttery and all kinds of awesome.  And it only uses four ingredients that you already have.  And it takes four minutes to make – no really.  Are you in the kitchen making it yet?   What are you waiting for?  To me this is a perfect addition to any holiday baking agenda because it is so irresistible, yet so incredibly simple to make.  It’s a little bit dangerous…

  • Yield 64 1-inch pieces


  • 8 oz. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 16 oz. confectioners' sugar


  • 01

    Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.  Lightly grease with butter.  Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Microwave on full power for 2 minutes.  Remove from the microwave, stir, and microwave on full power for 2 minutes more.

  • 02

    Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave.  Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar to the bowl.  Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until evenly combined.  The mixture will become difficult to stir and lose its sheen.

  • 03

    Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and spread into an even layer.  Place an additional piece of parchment directly on the surface of the fudge.  Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours.  Use a large knife to cut into 1-inch pieces.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.