If you are looking for me in December, you will likely find me in my kitchen making fudge. I love to eat it. I love to make it, and I love to take pictures of it. I’d make it year round if my hips would not cry out in frustration from the extra calories. This drizzled peanut butter cup fudge is so easy to make and absolutely foolproof.
This Reese’s peanut butter cup fudge is absolutely foolproof.
If you have read my blog long, you will know that I have a sort of love hate relationship with fudge. As in…I love the taste of it but I hate it when it does not set and I end up with truffles. TIP: if your fudge does not set, don’t despair. Unset fudge makes great truffles. (I’ve made a lot of those this year too. LOL)
There are ways to fix fudge that does not set. Basically, most fudge recipes require you to cook the fudge for a certain period of time so that the temperature is high enough to cause setting. But I am an impatient gal and I have no time for such rules, especially this time of the year. So when I find a way to make fudge that really is fool proof, I tinker with it in various flavors and exploit that nice little feature. When I say fool proof friends, I really do mean it. There is nothing you can do to make this fudge fail. Seriously.
The fudge has everything you like in a tasty bite of goodness. Just look at these scrumptious things that go into it.
The trick for making this set every time is the base layer. The butter, vanilla extract, and peanut butter is the perfect combination. it does not need a long cooking time. I softened it all in the microwave for all of one minute and then added the confectioner’s sugar. How easy is that? Then came the chopped up miniature peanut butter cups. I used the unwrapped minis and just chopped them into quarters. They get added to the peanut butter mixture and just folded in. The heat of the mix will make them melt just enough to give you some swirls in the fudge.
Place this mixture into a foil line 9 x 9 pan (This makes THICK pieces of fudge. If you want thinner pieces, just a 9 x 13″ pan.)
I placed this in the fridge to cool and made the topping. For this fudge, I chose milk chocolate morsels. I’ve made a Buckeye version of this fudge with semi sweet chocolate for the topping but I wanted milk chocolate so this one would taste more like Peanut butter cups. Into the microwave with some butter and sweetened condensed milk for another minute and stir till smooth. I used a fat free sweetened condensed milk. Just trying to trick myself into thinking it is low calorie. It is not…by ANY stretch of the imagination, but it’s what I had on hand.
Smooth this layer over the top of the peanut butter base and put it back in the fridge. The last step it to put the peanut butter morsels and 1 tablespoon of the condensed milk in the microwave for another minute and then add it to a zip lock bag. Cut off a small corner and pipe the peanut butter mixture over the top in criss-crossed lines. I made the hole in the baggie close to 1/4″ in size to give me wide piping lines so the peanut butter drizzle would be sort of substantial.
Now it goes back in the fridge to allow it to set completely. It doesn’t take long. Mine was set in about an hour and ready to cut.
The fudge is TO DIE FOR. If you like peanut butter cups, this fudge will be one of your favorites. It is like a big ole square of Reese’s. Super tasty, creamy, with a crisp fudge like consistency. It melts in your mouth and satisfies in one bite.
Homemade fudge makes the perfect food Christmas gift. It’s right at home on your holiday dessert table. Also, it freezes very well. That is a huge plus for me. Leave me alone with a whole pan of peanut butter fudge and I’ll be a very bad girl. Just sayin’. I freeze it and place it in tupperware containers and just take out one piece when I am in the mood for a bit of decadence.
Are you as much of a peanut butter lover as I am? Do you have 5 minutes to spare? Whip up a batch of this scrumptious Reese’s peanut butter cup fudge. You will thank me, even if your hips do not!
What could be better? A fudge that is rich, decadent and easy to make every single time. This recipe is a keeper, folks!
- Peanut butter layer:
- 1 cup of butter
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- 3½ cups of confectioner's sugar
- ½ cup of unwrapped mini peanut butter cups, quartered
- Chocolate layer:
- 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
- 1½ cups of milk chocolate morsels
- 2 tbsp of butter
- Peanut butter drizzle
- ⅓ cup of peanut butter morsels
- 1 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk
- Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with aluminum foil. (use a 9 x 13" pan if you want thinner pieces of fudge) Extend the foil up over the edge to use as handles to remove it later. Spray the foil with butter flavored Pam.
- Combine the peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract in the microwave. Cook for 30 seconds. Stir. Cook another 30 seconds and stir until smooth.
- Cut the Reese's peanut butter cups into quarters. Add the confectioner's sugar, 1 cup at a time into the peanut butter mixture. Combine well. Fold in the chopped peanut butter cups and spread in the pan lined with foil.. Place in the fridge.
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk, milk chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of butter. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Cook another 30 seconds, stir till smooth. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Place in the fridge.
- Place the peanut butter morsels and 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk in the microwave. Cook for about a minute till it has melted. Stir half way through and at the end. Place the peanut butter mixture in a zip lock bag. Cut off the corner and pipe it over the fudge layers in a criss cross fashion.
- Place in the fudge about an hour till set. Cut into squares. Enjoy.
- Keeps well in the fridge and also freezes well.