If you love peanut butter, you will love this old-fashioned peanut butter candy. You only need a few simple ingredients, a few minutes, and a little muscle.

Peanut butter candy stacked on a piece of slate. Wrapped candy is all around the stack.

Are there peanut butter lovers in your house? Here, peanut butter is eaten with a spoon more than it is used in sandwiches. When I saw this old-fashioned recipe card for peanut butter candy, I couldn’t remember anyone in my family ever making it. Our family has a long line of peanut butter fanatics, so someone created the recipe.

Did your family have a tradition with old-fashioned sweets? Our current tradition (addiction) seems to be these gluten free peanut butter cinnamon rolls. They aren’t really candy, but they are smothered in peanut butter. Need I say more?

This candy is so easy to make…you have a creamy peanut butter candy in under 10 minutes. Just roll, slice, and wrap in wax paper. If you love old-fashioned recipes, you will want to try my Grandma’s Homemade Bread Pudding recipe. I converted it to gluten free, and it is so good. 

Allergen Information:

This peanut butter candy is gluten-free, egg-free, and soy-free. Make it nut-free by using SunButter.

What kind of peanut butter is best for making candy?

You are going to love the flexibility of this homemade peanut butter candy recipe. You can use any peanut butter (or nut butter!) The obvious hero of this candy is the peanut butter. I used creamy peanut butter from Bees Knees, but you can use any creamy peanut butter.

Feel free to use natural peanut butter. (Make sure to stir the oil into the peanut butter in the jar so your candy doesn’t turn out oily!)


If you are allergic to peanuts or can’t eat nuts, you can still enjoy this homemade nut candy!! You can also use:

  • Cashew Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Sun Butter (nut-free!)
Wrapped pieces of peanut butter candy.

If you do try this peanut butter candy recipe with natural peanut butter or almond butter, please comment below how it turns out so we can all know. Luckily for us, everyone LOVES peanut butter in our house, so it is often hard to find a jar of peanut butter with enough left to create a recipe!

If you are gluten free, be sure to use gluten free peanut butter.  If you are a peanut butter fan, try these Gluten Free Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Bars or these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Donuts.

    Step-By-Step Directions:

    Peanut butter and powdered sugar mixed.

    Add the two ingredients, peanut butter and powdered sugar, to a large mixing bowl.

    Can I use an electric mixer or a standing mixer?

    You definitely can, but…when you mix these ingredients, mix it slowly on a low speed so the powdered sugar doesn’t fly all over the place!

    Do you have to cook the peanut butter to make this candy?

    This is going to be the easiest candy recipe to make. You do not have to heat or cook the peanut butter for this recipe.

    Peanut butter candy dough.

    Your dough will be mostly firm, like in this picture.

    Rolling the peanut butter candy dough into a rod.

    Use wax paper to roll the candy into a long snake. The recipe said to roll the rod in powdered sugar. I chose not to add extra sugar to this recipe because it is a lot of sugar. This peanut butter candy melts in your mouth and tastes incredible without the extra layer of powdered sugar.

    Do you have to chill the candy before slicing it?

    You do not have to chill your peanut butter candy roll before slicing, but it does help make the slices cleaner.

    Use a sharp knife to slice the roll into round pieces. Wrap in wax paper! Cut up the wax paper and use it to wrap your candy for safekeeping. This peanut butter candy makes wonderful gifts for teachers, friends, holidays, and work parties!

    Love This Recipe?

    If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

    Peanut butter candy stacked on a piece of slate. Wrapped candy is all around the stack.

    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Candy

    Sandi Gaertner
    Easy and delicious old-fashioned peanut butter candy.
    4.93 from 67 votes
    an egg free allergen icon
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    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Additional Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Course Gluten Free Candy Recipes
    Cuisine American
    Servings 24 pieces
    Calories 112 kcal


    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 2 cups powdered sugar for candy
    • extra powdered sugar optional if you want to roll the candy in this.
    • ¼ cup heavy cream
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


    • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. 
    • Place waxed paper on the counter and put half the dough onto the paper. 
    • Roll out (like playdough!) into a long snake. Repeat with the second half of the dough.
    • Wrap in the wax paper and refrigerate for 20 minutes (this is optional).
    • Optional: roll the peanut butter roll in powdered sugar. You can also add tiny chocolate chips as a mix-in when making this recipe!)
    • Slice the candy and wrap each piece in a square of wax paper.


    1. You can use creamy peanut butter or crunchy. Just note crunchy peanut butter will make your candy more textured.
    2. If you are not able to eat peanuts or nuts due to an allergy, you can substitute Sunbutter the nut-free butter instead.
    3. This homemade candy makes a great holiday and teacher gifts!
    4. Store the wrapped candy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep fresh for up to 3 weeks.


    Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


    Serving: 1gCalories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 36IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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    1. I have two questions:

      1) Why is this called 2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Kisses when it has 4 ingredients?


      2) Since it contains cream, does the candy need to be refrigerated?

      1. I tried to search on kisses and I have no idea where you saw that. As for the 2 ingredients, it was an error from 5+ years ago on a Pinterest pin, it doesn’t say this anywhere in the recipe. Yes, it should be refrigerated.

    2. 5 stars
      I love this recipe. I was a hospice nurse, and a patient taught me. Their was 1 minor difference you may like. They used unscented dental floss to cut the candy. Slide it under the candy, wrap floss around the candy, and pull. The candy slices without any squish. You will have near perfect coins. I use this technique to cut cinnamon rolls too. Great recipe, thank you for reminding me. I’m chilling mine as I write this comment. 🫠

    3. So does everyone use just the 2 ingredients like the title and directions throughout say or do you follow the actual recipe below that has several ingredients not just pb and powdered sugar ?

      1. You must have found my recipe via an OLD pin on Pinterest from back in 2018 because I have since edited the title and all. If you would like these to turn out as everyone raves about…use my listed recipe.

    4. 5 stars
      When I was a kid my mother made peanut butter candy a lot for her 8 children and she always rolled it into small balls not a log. I roll it into balls when I make it also .

    5. I use dental floss(unflavored) to cut candy like this, also good for cutting cinnamon rolls. Makes nice clean cuts

      1. Love peanut butter in all is forms. Can I make big batches of these and just store them at room temperature? Will they last long?

    6. Do you know how long they can be stored or kept. I know refrigerated would be best but how long outside of the fridge would they last?

      1. Hi Stefanie, I think it depends if you are using a more processed peanut butter or natural. Natural peanut butter doesn’t have the preservatives that processed peanut butter does.

    7. Thank you for this recipe. I had these in kindergarten around 1974-75 and have been looking for them since. Love these candies!

    8. 5 stars
      REESE’S peanut butter is the ONLY one for me! Personal preference. These look AHMAZING! I make homemade candy every Chrtistmas & am always looking for at least 1 new one each year. Last year it was Oreo Balls. This year…THIS RECIPE!!! What about dipping them in melted milk chocolate, but not wrapping them? You can’t beat peanut butter & chocolate together!

      1. 5 stars
        I bet they would be awesome, my grammy use to make these and roll them in cocoa powder, or maybe it was in chocolate malt it’s been so many years but now I want them again thanks for the idea

    9. This looks so good. My grandmother made peanut butter fudge that was fantastic. I was excited to see this peanut butter candy said to be made with “just two ingredients.” I was surprised when I saw the recipe list of four ingredients. This question is sincere, not meant to be fault finding (four ingredients and still super simple is great) however, do you in fact make this with just powdered sugar and peanut butter alone, and the other ingredients optional? thank you!

      1. Hi Sarah, I have made it with just peanut butter and powdered sugar and it is very close to the four ingredients…I think the heavy cream adds to the creaminess of the candy though. I will make the recipe more clear. Thank you so much :-).