This Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is really easy to make…and it tastes like a homemade Reese’s Cup!
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I checked the sink. Nope. I checked the drying rack. Nope. I even checked the sugar container. (I’ve been known to leave measuring cups in there.) Nope. It’s gone. I suspect it made a leap into the trash can and is now in the back of a trash truck somewhere. And that makes me sad. I have (had) this nifty little set of magnetic stackable measuring cups. And now that set is missing the ½-cup measure.
But let’s talk about fudge. More specifically, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge. Chocolate makes everything better, right? Even the fact that you accidentally threw away a key part of your favorite measuring cup set. For this epic combination of flavors, I took my uncle’s peanut butter fudge recipe that he makes every year for the holidays and I added a layer of chocolate on top. I mean, it’s peanut butter and chocolate. They just go together moonshine and mason jars.
So I set out to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, and this is indeed one delicious fudge recipe. One bite of the scraps that I cut off the edges, and I knew I had something special here. I actually told Laura, “I think I just made homemade Reese’s Cups…in cube form.” While the goal wasn’t to recreate Reese’s Cups, that’s pretty much what happened here. If I had smushed that peanut butter layer into a round disk and then covered it entirely in chocolate…then we’d have been there. But hey, I kinda like my bars. The layers are striking. It’s almost like they are screaming, “Eat me!!”
I took 98% of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge up to the curling club. (I ate 1% while cutting it, and Laura saved another 1% for her dinner.) Needless to say, I didn’t come home with any fudge. I pawned it all off on friends and teammates…although I’m not sure anyone really complained about it.
I know Christmas is just around the corner, and the big man in the red suit is making his list (and checking it twice)…but there’s still time to squeeze in one last sweet treat! Santa is tired of cookies. He told me. (Actually, he texted me.) He said he really hopes someone reads this post and makes him a batch of Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge instead of more cookies. Well, Santa, I listened. I’ll make you another batch of this fudge. But you better bring Robbie some epic toys in exchange! 🙂
I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. Enjoy the time with your families. Enjoy watching the kids open their presents. Enjoy some good food. And make sure to relax! I know I will be doing all of those things! I’ll be back next week with a great New Year’s Day recipe. Cheers!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
For the Chocolate Layer
For the Peanut Butter Layer
- Line an 8” square baking pan with foil or parchment paper, leaving a 2” overhang on the sides; set aside.
- Using a medium saucepan, add sweetened condensed milk, butter, brown sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat, stirring often, until smooth. Remove pan from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Press mixture into prepared baking pan; set aside.
For the Chocolate Layer
- Using a medium saucepan, add chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Place over medium-low heat, stirring often, until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over peanut butter mixture, using a spatula to help spread evenly.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.
- Remove from pan; discard parchment/foil. Slice into 36 pieces.