Fudgy Buttons

Tonight I wanted something sweet, and there was NOTHING in the house (I need to grocery shop!).

I knew it was time to pull out my recipe for Fudgy Buttons once again.  I found the recipe in a magazine, given by a grandma who said she stirred up a batch for her grandkids every time they visited. I’ve made these many times, and I am sure I will still be stirring them up when I am a grandma.

I like them for a few reasons.  I always have the ingredients on hand,  I don’t have to turn the oven on,  I can make them in 5 minutes, my girls can help roll the balls and make them into buttons, they are round and cute, and they satisfy even the most intense craving for chocolate and peanut butter.

They are not the healthiest thing we could choose to eat, but when compared to the ingredients in some of the most popular chocolate and peanut butter candies:

Peanuts, Milk Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, Milk Fat, Lactose, and Soy Lecithin, and PGPR, Emulsifiers)Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cottonseed, Soybean, Palm Kernel, and Palm Oil)Sorbitol, Dextrose, Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, High Maltose Corn Syrup, Refined Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Butter, Salt, Corn Syrup, Whey, Whey Protein Concentrate, Caseinate, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor, Glycerin, Lactose, Mono and Diglycerides, and TBHQ.

I feel pretty good about my 5 ingredient, (ones I can pronounce!) cute, little Fudgy Buttons.


Fudgy Buttons
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

An easy, 5-ingredient snack for when you need a quick sweet.

Recipe Type: Sweets
Servings: 4 people
  • 4 Tbls butter or margarine
  • 3 tsp baking cocoa
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 4 Tbls creamy peanut butter
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter; remove from heat. 

  2. Add cocoa and mix well. 

  3. Stir in sugar. (Will be quite thick) 

  4. Add milk and stir until smooth. (You will feel like you should add more milk- don't. The peanut butter will make it creamy and perfect) 

  5. Add peanut butter and mix well. 

  6. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper; roll into balls and flatten with your thumb.





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  • Jeanne
    October 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Love them and my boys always ask for them instead of the peanut butter balls

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      October 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Yes! Love hearing that your boys love them. They are so peanut buttery fudgey good!

  • Anonymous
    September 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Just finished making them. Didn’t have creamy PB only had the crunchy but they still came out really good. Thanks I love chocolate!! This is something I can whip up quick when I’m craving some chocolate.

  • MamaJoy
    March 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

    These are very sweet but did cure my craving for dessert in no time. Mine wern’t as chocolaty looking as yours..might add more cocoa next time. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Dawn Baxter
    October 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I needed to entertain my three year old and this was the best thing ever. She felt like she was helping momand cooking like a big girl. It helped me to get some work done and bosted her confidence too.

  • little e
    October 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I made them just now! Such a great, quick little treat. My littles will be excited for this after school goodie. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 erica in tx

  • Jen S.
    May 18, 2010 at 3:09 am

    These look perfect to make with my 3 year old. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah
    May 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Love it! Super Cute 🙂 I adore handmade items. They’re so original. I love homemade altogether!

  • glor
    May 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Oh my goodness!! These sound so very good!! Have to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennie
    May 17, 2010 at 4:16 am

    oh MAN! These look yummy! I will so be trying this recipe out! Thanks

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  • Amy Bowman
    April 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Rachel-your comment made me smile. I love hearing stories like that, my prayer is that this blog will encourage other women & be a help to them! Thank you for sharing and for reading!

  • Rachel L.
    April 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    The situation: just got home from a 3-day weekend trip to the beach. Had my bible study girls coming over in 1 hour, and still needed to finish the last section of our study andd had NOTHING to provide as a snack. What’s a girl to do? Make FUDGY BUTTONS! Such an easy recipe, perfect for 4 young ladies; mixed up some crystal light and still had 45 minutes left to read my bible. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Laurie
    October 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this recipe since forever! Yum!

  • Amy
    October 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    they are yummers. I have a child grounded tonight b/c she kept sneaking in them and they were all gone this morning! The recipe made 32, there were about 10 left when I went to bed, and 0 left when I woke up!! I guess its the early bird that gets the fudgy button:)

  • Meghan
    October 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    This sounds awesome. I’m definitely going to be trying this.

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