Chocolate Peanut Butter Peppermint Fudge

By Rena Awada |

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Peppermint Fudge is made with 5 simple ingredients and it is the perfect treat to have during the holiday season without the guilt. An easy, no-fuss, festive fudge recipe that will be a hit among family and guests.

easy peanut butter peppermint fudge recipe

The most wonderful time of the year just got better – with peanut butter. This holiday season will be a whole lot sweeter with this easy and guilt-free homemade Peppermint Fudge recipe. The main ingredient is peanut butter, which brings in its rich and creamy texture. The more reason to always stock up on peanut butter!

This post is sponsored by the National Peanut Board. I received compensation, but all opinions and content are my own. 

If you’re after other deliciously sweet treats, why not also try my No- Bake Homemade Chocolate Protein Bars or my Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

why you’ll love this chocolate peanut butter peppermint fudge!

  • Easy. You don’t need to bake this fudge! Only 5 simple ingredients and 10 mins to make – so simple, so scrumptious!
  • A real crowd-pleaser. Whether you are making this simple peppermint chocolate peanut butter fudge for a cookie trade, family or guests, I assure you that they will be a huge hit! These fudgy squares look gorgeous and taste decadent. 
  • Packed with flavor. Who would have thought with only a handful of ingredients you could create such rich, deep flavors, with a silky and super satisfying texture – utterly dreamy!

ingredients you’ll need

  • Peanut Butter: I prefer using all-natural creamy peanut butter. Use any brand you love and always use.
  • Coconut Oil: Try using organic, cold-pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • Cocoa Powder: I Used Cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips for this recipe
  • Sweetener: Honey or maple syrup.
  • Extract: Peppermint is ideal for this particular recipe.
  • Peppermint Candy: Use Peppermint candy canes if they are in season.
top down shot of peppermint fudge square

HOW TO MAKE chocolate PEANUT BUTTER peppermint FUDGE

  • Make your fudge mix. Melt coconut oil in a pot over medium heat, add the maple syrup, peppermint extract, and cocoa powder. Mix well. Remove from heat and then add the peanut butter, whisk until combined.
peanut butter used in fudge recipe
  • Pour mix into a pan. Once the peanut butter is combined well with the chocolate syrup, prepare an 8″ baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the peanut butter chocolate mixture into the baking dish or pan and then sprinkle with some crushed peppermint candy.
chocolate and peanut butter mix poured into a pan
  • Freeze. Place the pan in the freezer for about 3 hours to set. Once set, cut into 9 equal squares and serve.
overhead shot of peppermint fudge squares

recipe notes and tips

  • If you are looking to make this a vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge, be sure to use maple syrup and not honey.
  • If not freezing the fudge, refrigerated Peppermint Fudge is best enjoyed within 2 weeks.
  • Don’t cut or serve before the Peppermint Fudge is completely set.
  • When mixing your fudge, ideally use a silicone spatula, it’s great for removing all the mix from the bottom of the bowl.
  • If you just want chocolate peanut butter fudge, you can omit the peppermint extract and the candy canes. 
  • These make for a great gift box! 

 

is peanut butter good for you?

Peanut butter is versatile and has great nutritional value. Here are some benefits of peanut butter.

  • A pantry staple in every household. Very versatile, affordable, and can be used in many different recipes like soups, sandwiches, desserts, salad dressings, and so on.
  • They are great to have all year round, especially during the holidays because they come in very handy when making delicious guilt-free desserts.
  •  Adds a nutritional boost to meals and drinks.
  • In every 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, you get 8 powerful grams of protein, 2 grams of filling fiber, and 12 grams of unsaturated fat.
  • Also, according to the National Peanut Butter Board, a jar of peanut butter can be found in over 90% of U.S. households. Are you one of them? I AM!
stack of fudge squares

frequently asked questions

Can you freeze peanut butter peppermint fudge?

You can freeze peanut butter fudge for up to 3 months.  The key is to store them in an airtight container. When ready to eat, remove frozen fudge and allow it to thaw in the fridge for 2-4 hours. Also, you can refrigerate peanut butter in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 month.

Is peanut butter Vegan?

Peanut butter is vegan-friendly because it is mostly made of ground peanuts and salt.  Be on the safe side and read the back of the labels to see the exact ingredients in the brand you are buying.

is peanut butter Gluten-free?

Gluten is a form of protein that is found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It is safe to say that peanuts and peanut butter are naturally gluten-free.

How much protein in peanut butter?

There are 8 powerful grams of protein in every 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

Does peanut butter have dairy?

The ‘butter’ in peanut butter doesn’t mean that it actually has butter or dairy in them.  Also, Natural Peanut butter is completely dairy-free, and if you are lactose intolerant you should be just fine indulging in some peanut butter.

how to store this peppermint fudge

To keep this Peppermint Fudge fresh, you can wrap it with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Refrigerate if needed. If you need to free up space in the fridge, you can stack fudge squares. make sure to place a sheet of wax paper in between to keep the fudge from sticking together.

three peppermint fudge squares
fudge squares on a plate

other delicious peanut recipes

Peanut butter recipes are endless and there are so many out there. Please visit here for even more delicious peanut butter recipes for every occasion.

I would love to see your peanut butter recipe creations and how you spread some peanut butter love! Please share your favorite peanut butter recipe in the comments below and don’t forget to use the hashtag #HowDoYouPB if you decide to share it with us on social media.

Also, I created these Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls for the National Peanut Board a few months back. Check it out.

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easy chocolate peanut butter fudge with peppermint topping

Chocolate Peanut Butter Peppermint Fudge

Creamy, soft, rich, easy to make, and the perfect holiday treat without any of the guilt!
4 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
3 hours: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • Cup Honey or Maple Syrup use maple syrup for a vegan option
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • Tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Crushed Peppermint Candies or crushed candy canes

Instructions

  • Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper to have it prepared.
  • Place the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, stir in the maple syrup, cacao powder, and peppermint extract. Take it off the heat and pour in the peanut butter. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the peanut butter chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies.
  • Place the pan in the freezer for at least 3 hours to set. Carefully cut it into squares and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are looking to make this a vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge, be sure to use maple syrup and not honey.
  • If not freezing the fudge, refrigerated Peppermint Fudge is best enjoyed within 2 weeks.
  • Don’t cut or serve before the Peppermint Fudge is completely set.
  • When mixing your fudge, ideally use a silicone spatula, it’s great for removing all the mix from the bottom of the bowl.
  • If you just want chocolate peanut butter fudge, you can omit the peppermint extract and the candy canes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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