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Small Batch Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

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This is a small batch chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe made with just a few minutes of hands-on time.   All you need are some peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, premium chocolate baking bar like Ghiradelli’s, can of sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla paste or extract. 

One thing I love about this fudge is I can keep the ingredients on hand in my pantry and satisfy my sweet tooth in no time at all.

Growing up, Mom would make fudge using a rather complicated process involving Hershey’s Cocoa a glass of cold water.   I still love to make the Hershey’s fudge when I’m feeling nostalgic, but mostly I stick with this creamy fudge recipe.

Why you should make fudge on the stovetop instead of the microwave?

I prefer using the stovetop and a saucier pan for better control when melting the chocolate.  Stirring in a circular motion to combine the chocolate and condensed milk is actually quicker and less messy than melting in a microwave. 

Ingredients

What you need:

Chocolate chips – Regular Nestle chocolate chips are fine, it’s also fine to use any brand you prefer.

Premium Chocolate Bar – I’m partial to the Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate bar, it has a creamy clean chocolate flavor. Good quality baking chocolate is easily found in your local grocery store.

Creamy Peanut butter  – Reese or any other brand is fine.  

Butter – Unsalted

Vanilla Paste – If you don’t have vanilla paste, substitute vanilla extract 1:1. 

Sweetened Condensed Milk – Eagle brand is the most well known but the store brand works just as good. 

Instructions

  • Lightly coat a small baking dish (5 x7) with cooking spray and line with parchment paper so it hangs over the two long sides.
  • In a small microwave bowl heat the peanut butter for about 20-30 seconds and stir in the butter. Stir until butter is thoroughly mixed in.
  • In a medium saucepan combine the chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and condensed milk.
  • Stir constantly over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the vanilla paste.
  • Stir in the creamy peanut butter and mix well.
  • Pour fudge into the prepared baking dish and let cool until set. Tap down the pan so the fudge spreads out evenly.
  • Chill for about 2 hours.
  • Lift fudge out of the pan using the edges of the parchment as handles. Cut fudge into 24 small squares.

Cooking Time

10 minutes plus 2 hours to set and chill.

Utensils you will use.

  • Heavy saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Baking Dish
  • Parchment Paper

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is so easy to make and makes a great hostess or holiday gift. 

 

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Yield: 24 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A creamy simple fudge with just enough peanut butter flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-(10 ounce) Semi-sweet chocolate bar, broken into small pieces
  • 1-(14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

Instructions

  1. Lightly coat a small baking dish (5 x7) with cooking spray and line with parchment paper so it hangs over the two long sides.
  2. In a small microwave bowl heat the peanut butter for about 20-30 seconds and stir in the butter. Stir until butter is mixed well
  3. In a medium saucepan combine the chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and condensed milk.
  4. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the vanilla paste.
  5. Stir in the creamy peanut butter and mix well.
  6. Pour fudge into the prepared baking dish and let cool until set. Tap down the pan so the fudge spreads out evenly.
  7. Chill for about 2 hours.
  8. Lift fudge out of the pan using the edges of the parchment as handles. Cut fudge into 24 small squares.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g
The nutritional information provided here are estimates and are not calculated by a registered dietitian.
If you like the chocolate and peanut butter combination, check out my recipe for simple  peanut butter cups. 


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