If you love peanut butter, you will enjoy this soft peanut butter candy. This homemade candy is reminiscent of that old-time penny candy, and it is so easy to make! You only need 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 many peanut butter fanatics, so I knew this recipe would be a huge hit.

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. 

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

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. Great recipe, thank you for reminding me. I’m chilling mine as I write this comment. 🫠”

tracy c., blog comment

Allergen Information:

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

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Peanut Butter – Use any type, but I recommend creamy peanut butter.
  • Powdered Sugar – Most powdered sugar is gluten free.
  • Heavy Cream – To make this recipe dairy-free, use a dairy-free heavy cream like So Delicious brand.

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, 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 a peanut butter fan, try these Gluten Free Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Bars or these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Donuts.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

The peanut butter candy ingredients in a large bowl.

Add the heavy cream, peanut butter, and powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. Mix it into a stiff dough.

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.

The peanut butter candy dough in the bowl.

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

Rolling the peanut butter candy into a log.

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!

More Delicious Homemade Candy Recipes:

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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.
4.91 from 51 votes
an egg free allergen icon
gluten free allergy 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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