Peanut Butter Candy

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Made with sugar, milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and honey, this old-fashioned peanut butter candy is like an irresistible cross between taffy and fudge and will have you coming back for more.

Peanut Butter Candy

Old-fashioned peanut butter candy is a quick candy recipe that was a standard back in the golden days of school cafeterias. This recipe is from a time when the lunch ladies were usually the mama of someone you knew. And the hallways were slowly filled with the smell of soup stewing and bread rising as we watched the clock longingly and our stomachs got steadily louder the closer we got to lunchtime.

To make my peanut butter candy, you’ll need peanut butter, honey, powdered milk, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar. This is a classic peanut butter slice recipe with very basic (and few) ingredients that relies heavily on what was once considered “commodity” foods.

Fortunately, it’s super easy to make. Just mix all of the ingredients together until a dough forms. Then we roll the dough into two logs, leave them in the fridge for an hour or so to chill, and then cut them into slices. Add a dusting of confectioner’s sugar and your peanut butter slice candy will be ready to eat. 

It’s peanut buttery good with the texture of taffy but without the stickiness. Kind of a peanut butter chew flavored heavily by peanut butter, milk, and honey: all favorite flavors in my house! If you like creamy fudge and peanut butter, you’re just going to adore this recipe. Plus, this homemade peanut butter candy makes a great holiday gift or teacher gift, if you need another reason to try it out. Let’s get to it!

Peanut butter candy ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Honey
  • Powdered milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Vanilla
  • Confectioner’s sugar

How to Make Peanut Butter Candy

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Take all ingredients and put them in a big old mixing bowl.

Mix until a stiff dough forms.

 Mix the peanut butter mixture right up

You want to mix this, scraping down the sides if needed, until it is well blended and a stiff dough is formed. 

Knead dough a few times.

 Put that dough on a large plate and knead it a few times with your hands just to help it all stick together. 

If you have a pinch of it to taste, I won’t tell. It’s awfully good!

Roll peanut butter candy dough into two logs.

Separate that into two halves and roll them out into two logs. 

Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or so.

 Wrap those in plastic wrap or place them in a large plastic bag and seal them.

Place this in the fridge until it is well chilled. This is going to depend on your refrigerator. An hour-ish or so will probably do it.

Slice into 1/4-inch slices.

 Once cold, slice into 1/4-inch slices.

dip peanut butter candy in confectioner's sugar.

Dip those into a little confectioner’s sugar so that they won’t stick together when you put them on a plate.  

plate of peanut butter slice candy

Enjoy this old-fashioned creamy, chewy peanut butter slice candy!  

Storage

  • Store homemade peanut butter candy leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. If you’re stacking them, add parchment paper between the layers to avoid them sticking together. 
  • You can also freeze the candy for up to 3 months. Just thaw them in the fridge before serving.

 Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute corn syrup, maple syrup, or even pancake syrup for the honey if you would like or need to. I know honey can be on the expensive side these days so do what you need to do.
  • Besides coating them in powdered sugar, you can add sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or a melted chocolate coating if you like. The chocolate-covered peanut butter candy will give it a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup flavor.

Recipe FAQs

Do I need to refrigerate the candy dough?

You don’t HAVE to, but I strongly recommend you do, even for just an hour. The refrigerated dough holds its shape so much better than soft dough.

Can I use a different kind of nut butter?

You can use any kind of creamy nut butter, like natural peanut butter (just give it a good stir to distribute the oil), almond butter, nut-free sun butter, and cashew butter. If you use chunky peanut butter, just know it will change the texture of the peanut butter candy.

You may also like these peanut butter recipes:

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Brownies with Peanut Butter Fudge Icing

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (No Baking Necessary)

peanut butter slice candy

Peanut Butter Candy

Made with sugar, milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and honey, this old-fashioned peanut butter candy is like an irresistible cross between taffy and fudge.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, peanutbutter
Servings: 4
Calories: 305kcal

Ingredients

Candy

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.75 cups powdered milk
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • extra powdered sugar for dipping

Instructions

  • Place all candy ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well incorporated and a dough is formed.
    1 cup powdered sugar, 1.75 cups powdered milk, 1 cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Remove from the bowl and knead a time or two with your hands. Separate into two halves. Roll each half into a ball and then into a log. Cover each log with cling wrap or place them in a large zipper seal bag. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
  • Slice into 1/4 slices and dip each slice in confectioner’s sugar before serving. Store remainders in the refrigerator.
    extra powdered sugar for dipping

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal
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100 Comments

  1. I’ve made these for years using white corn syrup. A great grandma now so I make them for the greats, and me! A treat that’s pretty good for the kids.

  2. Oh I remember the wonderful cafeteria food at my school with such fond memories. The vegetable soup was always so good, as were the peanut butter cookies! I am going to have to make these …… Thanks.

    1. christy thanks for this recipe i have been trying to find it for years my mother use to make it for christmasit was my favorite all i could was find one for potato my mother passed away in 2008 i miss her very much so thanks again . katherine grigg

  3. Yum! Such sweet childhood memories. That was at a time when the cafeteria ladies were allowed to actually cook amazing tasty food. Like the peanut butter cookies and the hot rolls Do not to forget the hamburger soup or the tomato soup and grilled cheese days! It was all so wonderful back then!

      1. What happened between then and now? It’s so sad that school cafeterias are no longer like that. I have a recipe for Arlington ISD (Texas) peach cobbler that used to be served up for dessert with lunch. It’s the only peach cobbler recipe I use! 🙂

        1. Aileen from working at a school as an aide. The cafeteria ladies had to start cooking by government rules and recipes. Which meant no sugar only fruit in juice for dessert, no salt, no butter to season things. Very little seasoning were allowed period even in the spaghetti or sloppy joes. They had to use the government issued meats for most meals, Condiments were only allowed to be given if on the menu then only the listed ones. Ketchup could be counted as a veggie. This was in 2010 so I;m guessing it is worse now with the obesity laws. But I think obesity comes from handing a kid an electronic instead letting them go out and play and using their imagination. We ran and played outside all the time. Used our imaginations to make houses from leaves, sticks, etc. those were the days. Good ol’ days!

          1. Oh goodness! I didn’t realize several people had asked for the recipe. So sorry this is so late! I’m afraid y’all might not see this.

            Texas Peach Cobbler

            1 stick butter
            1 cup flour
            1 cup sugar
            1 cup milk
            2 teaspoons baking powder
            1 (15 oz.) can peaches, undrained
            Cinnamon

            Melt butter in a 9×9 baking dish or casserole dish while preheating oven to 350 degrees. Make sure butter doesn’t burn.

            In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add milk and stir until combined.

            Remove baking dish from oven. Pour batter over the melted butter but don’t stir. Pour peaches and juice over the batter. Don’t stir. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.

            Bake about 45 to 50 minutes or until golden brown.

            I usually prefer to drain the can of peaches. It’s good either way, though.

          2. Aileen, I make this all the time, too! My one Grandson doesn’t like peach, so I make a cherry cobbler for him, using cherry pie filling.

        2. The sad thing for me is fue to one of the reasons behind the change. They had to reduce the calories in the school cafeteria food, not because the food was necessarily unhealthy, but to compensate for the fact that kids aren’t able to burn off the extra calories anymore. Schools began allowing the kids less time to take a break from their seats. Less time to move or exercise in order to rid themselves of extra calories and energy. They find that drugs make them easier to maintain.
          I’m not saying that some people and kids don’t need pharmaceutical help. (One of mine takes an ADHD medicine.) I just don’t think it should become a substitute for every child just because it makes them more compliant and easier to deal with. Our children should again be allowed to run off a lot of that energy and therefore the calories.
          It’s not so much a health issue as they try to say. It even causes a new issue. Most kids would rather not eat anything than eat the school food of today. I’ve tasted it and even I don’t blame them. I do believe, however, that this will just cause worst problems for them in the future.
          Let us all push the schools to give our kids back that much needed energy/calorie burning time that they need so much.
          Have them slow down on the 1-2 hrs of homework per each 4-6 classes that fill up any free time they might have had after school.
          Let’s push to keep them from continuing to the cut the P.E. classes, or even the music and art programs from the schools. These are all extremely important for our children and their futures.

          1. I agree fully! What a waste it is to serve meals the children won’t even eat.

      2. Hey Christy , how are u , now that 1 of our holidays are over , i’m looking gorward to making this wonderful candy, and boy , does it look good.Thank you for another great recipe and if u have anymore christmas candy recipes , please print them for us , but of course fudge is my weakest.Have a very blessed day my dear.

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