Like many of you, fudge is a holiday tradition at our house. This creamy peanut butter fudge is a must make. Hands down. For years, I made simple peanut butter fudge with no complaints. Just to switch things up a little, and add a little salty to our sweet, I started adding sea salted peanuts to the top. We loved it, and now I never make it without them. It’s extremely difficult for me pass up an opportunity to drizzle anything with chocolate, and this fudge is no exception. This recipe works perfectly when enjoyed as a basic peanut butter fudge, or topped with all of the extras. Either way, you can’t lose.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Peanutty Peanut Butter Fudge
- 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 5-oz can evaporated milk
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup salted cocktail peanuts roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream
Butter a square 8 x 8 dish liberally with butter and set aside.
In a heavy bottomed saucepan melt the butter with the sugar and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and allow to continue to boil on medium-low for 7 minutes stirring constantly, or until soft ball stage. (235-240°F on a candy thermometer)
After 7 minutes add the marshmallows, peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Remove from the heat. Stir vigorously until the marshmallows have melted and completely incorporated. Work quickly.
- Pour into the buttered dish and quickly smooth the top with the back of the spoon or an offset spatula.
Sprinkle the chopped peanuts on top pressing gently into the fudge.
Let the fudge cool completely. Set into the fridge to speed up this process.
To prepare chocolate drizzle: Melt 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2 Tbsp cream in the microwave in 20 second increments stopping to stir each time. Repeat until smooth and thin enough to drizzle.
Cut fudge into squares, then drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
- Store in an airtight container.
If you place this fudge into the refrigerator to harden, allow it to sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes before attempting to cut into squares.