Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

If you like a fudge with texture this is, hands down the best tasting fudge ever! If you love Reese’s peanut butter cups, you will want to dive right into this pan as soon as it sets.  IT IS THAT GOOD! This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge has everything that you want in a fudge recipe. It’s crumbly, peanut buttery, chocolately and deliciously tasty!This Reese's peanut butter cup fudge has a crumbly bottom layer, a rich chocolate middle and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on the top. It is TO DIE FOR!

I adore the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and wanted to come up with a fudge that mimics (and adds to) the taste of a peanut butter cup.  The fudge is sort of a cross between another traditional holiday favorite –  Buckeye fudge and a bar mixed with Reese’s peanut butter cups for good measure. It’s not a traditional creamy fudge since the base is somewhat crumbly but it has a lovely taste and texture.

My aunt used to make a fudge that had peanut butter and marshmallow creme in it that had an unusual texture.  I kept tinkering with my fudge recipes until I came up with one that had the same texture as hers.

The fudge is made in three layers. The bottom layer is a great tasting and slightly crumbly peanut butter fudge. The middle layer is a smooth lathering of milk chocolate and the top layer is a couple of small bags of mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped and pressed into the chocolate.  It’s a match made in peanut butter heaven!

Ready to make the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge?

(This post contains affiliate links for your cooking experience.) To start, gather all your ingredients together. You will need:Ingredients for the Reese's peanut butter cup fudge

Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes.  Stir well and heat for another 2 minutes. Caution, the mixture will be very hot!!Heat the butter and peanut butter in the microwave

Using a wooden spoon, stir in the confectioner’s sugar. The mixture will lose its sheen and be very crumbly. (sort of like a cheesecake crust.) Just keep stirring until everything is well combined.  I have seen a version of Reese’s peanut butter cup fudge made by placing Peanut butter cups on the bottom, some chocolate and then more chopped Reese’s on the top. But for my fudge, I wanted this crumbly layer on the bottom. And also, I adore peanut butter, so the more the merrier, just sayin’…  It reminds me more of the inside of the actual peanut butter cup and gives a very nice texture to the fudge.The peanut butter mixture will be crumbly

Press the peanut butter mixture into a pan that is lined with aluminum foil. (If you leave some extra foil on the edges, it will make it easy to remove the fudge later.) Place the pan in the fridge to cool while you make the chocolate layer.Press the peanut butter mixture into a pan.

Combine the chocolate chips, skim milk and pure vanilla extract in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until is the chocolate has melted and is very smooth and silky.Combine the milk chocolate, vanilla extract and a bit of milk in a microwave safe bowl.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter mixture and smooth it so that the peanut butter is completely covered.Smooth a layer of melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter mixture.

Next, (as if we can never have enough peanut butter and chocolate in one bite of candy,) go ahead and be ridiculous and roughly chop the Reese’s peanut butter cups.Chope the mini peanut butter cups.

Sprinkle the chopped peanut butter cups over the chocolate layer and press slightly.  Place in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours until the chocolate layer has well set.Press the peanut butter cups into the chocolate

Remove the pan and cut into about 30 squares. Use a very sharp knife and cut slowly, or you will end up with crumbles on the bottom instead of fudge.  TIP:  Use a VERY sharp knife, and cut the fudge into fairly large pieces. If you try to cut it smaller, it will just disintegrate on the bottom layer.  Once you cut it, place it in the fridge in an airtight container to harden a bit more. The bottom layer gets more firm as it sits longer. This Reese's peanut butter cup fudge has a crumbly bottom layer, a rich chocolate middle and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on the top. It is TO DIE FOR!

When you bite into the fudge, you will “get” why I like this crumbly layer on the bottom. It has an almost “melt-in-your-mouth” effect that is something else!What a delightful base this fudge has!

If you’re addicted to a crumbly texture and the taste of chocolate and peanut butter like I am, then you just have to try this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge.  It is a very different take on traditional fudge.This Reese's peanut butter cup fudge has a crumbly bottom layer, a rich chocolate middle and chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on the top. It is TO DIE FOR!

Each bite of this delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge has a little piece of Reese’s to tempt you. Your holiday guests will just love this fudge and I’m sure you will get asked for the recipe again and again!  The main problem will be, do we have one piece or two (or five!!!)

This peanut butter cup fudge makes a great home made Christmas gift.  With the holiday season in full swing,  many of you will soon be in the kitchen making cookies and brownies to share with friends and family! Try this fudge instead.  It is creamy, decadent, delicious! Easy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge is a fabulous alternative to normal holiday baked goods, because it’s so easy to make and always a favorite with your gift recipient!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
 
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Serves: 30
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  1. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes. Stir well and heat for another 2 minutes. Caution, the mixture will be very hot!!
  2. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the confectioner's sugar. The mixture will lose its sheen and be very crumbly. (sort of like a cheesecake crust.) Just keep stirring until everything is well combined.
  3. Press the peanut butter mixture into a pan that is lined with aluminum foil. (If you leave some extra foil on the edges, it will make it easy to remove the fudge later.) Place the pan in the fridge to cool while you make the chocolate layer.
  4. Combine the chocolate chips, skim milk and pure vanilla extract in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until is the chocolate has melted and is very smooth and silky.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter mixture and smooth so that the peanut butter is completely covered.
  6. Roughly chop the Reese's peanut butter cups.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped peanut butter cups over the chocolate layer and press slightly. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours until the chocolate layer has well set.
  8. Remove the pan and cut into about 30 squares.
 

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