You'll love these easy peanut butter fudge recipes. There's little that compares to the wonderfully nutty, creamy taste of this decadent candy. It's the perfect confection for munching on at Christmas time and special family occasions.
Submitted by Emily Busse, Willimantic, CT
This original fudge is an old family favorite!
1 pound butter of your choice
2 pounds confectioner's sugar
28 ounces peanut butter of your choice
8x8 or 9x9-inch pan
Melt butter completely over medium heat, then add all the peanut butter and melt that with the butter. Once both ingredients are melted, take off stove immediately. Lastly add the confectioner's sugar and mix well and fast before mixture starts to harden.
Place in an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan and press down all over to make even. Then take a waxed piece of paper a little bigger than your pan and place on top of fudge and press down everywhere and smooth the fudge out. (Leave waxed paper on.)
Finally, place pan in freezer for an hour or two till it hardens, or leave in fridge most of the day.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Cook together 2 cups granulated sugar, 2 tablespoonfuls peanut butter,
and 1/2 cup milk until it forms a soft ball when dropped into cold
water. Add 1/2 teaspoonful vanilla, cool and beat until creamy. Pour
into a buttered pie plate and when nearly cold, cut it in small squares.
2 cups white sugar
1 small tin of Evaporated Milk (5 ounces/150 ml)
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
If evaporated milk is unavailable, you may substitute dairy cream for an equally rich tasting candy.
Boil to a soft stage the sugar, milk, chocolate, and butter. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Beat until thick and spread in a buttered dish.
The Times Cook Book, No. 2 (1905)
Two cups granulated sugar, 1 cup chopped nuts, no water, slow fire. Put a layer of very finely chopped nuts in a greased platter or dish, 1/4 inch thick. Put sugar over slow fire — it melts very slowly, then gets hard in lumps and melts again.
When entirely free from lumps or grains, remove and pour over nuts, stirring as you pour. When cool divide in squares.
Fruit And Candies (c. 1920)
Wash dates thoroughly, dry them and remove stones. Fill the hollow dates with a little peanut butter. Press into shape and roll in confectioners' sugar.
These are some of the earliest peanut butter fudge recipes ever published. Did you know that peanut butter was not mentioned in nineteenth-century recipes as it had yet to be invented?
Although the "Process of Preparing Nut Meal" was patented by the Kellogg brothers in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1895, and peanut butter was first sold as a snack food at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis, in 1904, it wasn't until the early 1920s that creamy, smooth peanut butter as we know it was first introduced.
Some early peanut candies did, however, call for finely chopped peanuts, an unprocessed form of homemade peanut butter. Modern peanut butter can be substituted in these candy recipes, if you wish, but the finely chopped peanuts taste delicious as well.