If you love peanut butter, you will love this old-fashioned peanut butter candy. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a few minutes, and a little muscle :-).
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.
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. It almost didn't make sense because I thought the love of peanut butter was hereditary in our family :-).
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 a candy, but they are smothered in peanut butter. Need I say more?
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 type of 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 (just make sure to really stir the oil into the peanut butter in the jar so your candy doesn't turn out oily!)
If are allergic to peanuts or you can't eat nuts, you can still enjoy this homemade nut candy!! You can also use:
- Cashew Butter
- Almond Butter
- Sun Butter (nut-free!)
*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 :-).
What else can you make with peanut butter?
Lucky for us, everyone LOVES peanut butter in our house...so much so that it is often hard to find a jar of peanut butter with enough left to create a recipe with it!
Be sure to use gluten free peanut butter.
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Bars
- Gluten Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Add the two ingredients, peanut butter, and powdered sugar, to a large
Can I use an electric mixer or 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.
Your dough will be mostly firm like in this picture.
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:
- A great mixing bowl that won't slide around. This peanut butter candy batter requires some muscle to mix, so rubber-bottomed mixing bowls make it so much easier.
- Wax paper for wrapping the candy.
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Candy
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar for candy
- powdered sugar optional if you want to roll the candy in this.
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 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.
- You can use creamy peanut butter or crunchy. Just note crunchy peanut butter will make your candy more textured.
- If you are not able to eat peanuts or nuts due to an allergy, you can substitute Sunbutter the nut-free butter instead.
- This homemade candy makes great holiday and teacher gifts!
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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This post was updated from an older June 2015 post with more details and easier-to-follow directions.