Sunday, December 26, 2010

Make this

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I think I’ve been making this peanut butter fudge for at least the last ten years. It’s one of my favorites. It’s also the only fudge I’ve ever tried to make. Probably because it came out so perfect, I’ve never really been compelled to try another one. This is a soft fudge …  and it’s like sinking your teeth into little sugar cushions. I love it.

I even posted about it when I first started blogging. (Here’s the post, don’t laugh.) But back then I didn’t do much other than show a photo and a recipe. I found the original recipe in a magazine, I’m pretty sure. I wish I still had it to tell you the source.

Anyway, I thought I’d take step-by-step photos of the process this year for you. If you’re nervous about making fudge, don’t be. This recipe is a breeze.

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Prepare your ingredients in advance. Start with two bowls and place 1 1/2 cups sugar and 6 Tablespoons margarine in each bowl.
You’ll be adding evaporated milk in a minute.

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You will also need 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate pieces and 1/2 cup peanut butter.

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You’ll also need one 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme. I think I originally found this recipe from a Kraft ad, especially since the recipe I wrote down calls for brand names.

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You’ll also need some heat.

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Place one of the bowls of sugar and margarine in a medium pot and add 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.

Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Seriously… don’t stop stirring.

Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for four minutes stirring constantly.

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Remove from heat and stir in chocolate pieces until melted and smooth.

Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and half of the jar of marshmallow creme.

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Then mix the marshmallow with the chocolate until well blended.

It doesn’t take long.

And, you can do it right in the pot.

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Then pour it into a greased 9 X 13 pan.

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Yu-uh-uum!

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Just spread it out evenly before it starts to cool and harden.

Then, clean your pot and beaters and get ready to go again.

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Sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk.

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Bring to a full rolling boil.

Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling for four minutes.

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Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and stir until melted.

Add vanilla and remaining marshmallow creme.

And beat until well blended.

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Then pour right on top of the chocolate layer.

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And pour and pour.

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Use your spoon to spread it all around and to cover the chocolate completely.

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This is my favorite part.

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Coerce the peanut butter layer right up to the edge of the pan.

Do this pretty quickly so you can get it even before it starts to cool.

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When it’s cool, you can cut it lengthwise into evenly spaced strips.

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Then turn the pan and make evenly spaced cuts again.

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Then, cut in between those cuts for even smaller pieces of fudge.

I like the small size because you can get lots more pieces and also because one bite at a time is all you’ll really need.

This stuff is super sweet. And that’s saying a lot coming from me.

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After I divide the pan into pieces, I like to make another cut all the way around the perimeter of the pan.

Mainly so all the pieces have straight edges, but also because this fudge usually gets given away – and this way I can eat all the scraps.

Win. Win.

FYI… I prefer to use a glass baking dish when I make this fudge. I think it’s easier to slide a small, thin spatula underneath to lift up the pieces from the pan. Take your time removing them so the layers don’t try to separate.

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Here’s the full Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe I posted way back when. Before I realized anyone would actually find and read my site.

Enjoy! Hope you make some.

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nemeria said...

When I make fudge, I line the pan with foil so I can just pull out the big block of fudge when it’s cool and cut with a butcher’s knife.

Yummy!!

December 28, 2010 08:46 PM
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Ann said...

You can actually make that recipe in the microwave, and it turns out just as delicious!!! There is no danger of burning anything when you go the microwave route. I don’t have the recipe in front of me, but I’m sure if you googled “kraft fantasy fudge microwave”, it would turn up. That is my favorite fudge recipe too, and once I figured out I could microwave it, I never went back to the stovetop!

December 28, 2010 08:47 PM
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cupcake cutie said...

Great Nail Polish!! and do you usually use a metal mixer in a non-stick pan?

December 29, 2010 12:25 AM
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cupcake cutie said...

Great Nail polish! and do you usually use a metal mixer in a non-stick pan?

December 29, 2010 12:28 AM
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Lilli said...

Wow! It’s times like these that I wish I wasn’t allergic to peanuts! This looks so yummy :)

December 29, 2010 01:50 AM
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CupcakeDesign by MariMilo said...

This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try this.

December 29, 2010 02:20 AM
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aussiemarina said...

ohhhhhhh yummy another yummy recipe…… tfs

hope you had a wonderful xmas

December 29, 2010 05:57 AM
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Pearl (Crunch and Chew) said...

You know I’ll be making some :)

December 29, 2010 06:29 AM
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Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

I just love making fudge – the process is almost meditative and the results are always a winner.

As an added benefit, I find that when you give someone a gift of fudge you have an instant new best friend.

Thanks so much for the recipe – this fudge looks like some of the best!

December 29, 2010 12:11 PM
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PartyBabble.com said...

I think this would be perfect for my Black and White Birthday Party! And it can be the stripe to compliment my black and white polka dot table cloth. Double score. Thanks.

December 29, 2010 01:55 PM
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Joy said...

Yum…that is all I have

December 29, 2010 04:23 PM
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Georgia Pellegrini said...

This fudge looks rich and silky and creamy and perfect, I definitely want to try this one out!

December 30, 2010 01:05 PM
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Meri said...

Bakerella, we love you!
My 24 yr old nephew was visiting and I told him about your recipe and he stepped right up to the stove and made it for dessert! The laptop was open on the counter and I handed him the ingredients…and the best part was he let me lick the spoon! It was delicious!

December 30, 2010 05:35 PM
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Megan said...

just made this – waiting for it to cool! is it time yet!?!

December 30, 2010 10:35 PM
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Claire said...

I’ve made peanut butter fudge before and it always seems too chocolate-y which overpowers the peanut butter. Are these ones like extremely peanut butter-y?

December 31, 2010 12:55 PM
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Emily said...

I got this recipe from you forever ago and everyone always asks me to make it! It’s so delicious!

December 31, 2010 02:08 PM
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Emily D. said...

Just made it, waiting for it to cool so we can dig in… the excess on the spoon was delicious!

December 31, 2010 08:51 PM
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Crystal M. said...

I just made this fudge and it might possibly be the best thing I have ever tasted! Seriously, so good! Thanks for the recipe. Happy New Year!

January 1, 2011 12:12 AM
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Emily said...

These look great! And I love your nail polish!

January 1, 2011 04:59 PM
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Kira said...

This looks amazing! I made the chocolate brownie with reeses last night for a NYE party, so I am anxious to try these too!!

January 1, 2011 11:34 PM
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Anonymous said...

What’s up with everyone obsessing over her nails? It’s just green nail polish. They sell it everywhere lol

January 2, 2011 12:17 AM
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Anne said...

When I make fudge, it works really well to line the pan with buttered parchment paper… that way I just lift it out and can cut it. Clean up is a breeze and cutting it is even easier.
Looks like a great recipe, I made an awesome pb fugde for Christmas Treat boxes, and was thinking about adding a swirl of chocolate next time!

January 3, 2011 07:31 AM
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Linda said...

You want to know something crazy…..I was SO into the fudge recipe,that I never even SAW the green nail polish until after reading all the comments about green nail polish,and,had to go back and look at the recipe and instructions for making it,before I saw what they were talking about!!!!(Now,THAT’S bad)!!

January 3, 2011 05:18 PM
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Lisa said...

A friend of mine and I made this last night on a whim. One of my better whims I have to say! This is delicious and so easy. We are now plotting to do different flavors with it (mint anyone?)

Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

January 4, 2011 09:42 AM
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Laura Sligh said...

Wow this looks amazing! I love your green nails, by the way :)

January 4, 2011 03:51 PM
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Kirsten said...

Look at your cute green nails! How adorable. What color is that?

January 6, 2011 01:21 AM
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Briana said...

Did you get this recipe from the side of the marshmallow fluff container? :)

If you line your pan with foil, you can pull out the fudge in one piece once it’s set and slice it outside of the pan.

January 8, 2011 07:34 PM
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J said...

loving the green nail polish! :D

January 9, 2011 01:33 AM
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féenoménale said...

I like this :
1 = it’s very easy
2 = it’s so greedy

January 11, 2011 01:58 PM
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Sara said...

you had me at “make this”

… okay!
:D

January 12, 2011 10:43 PM
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Jenni Price said...

I just have to make these! They look so good!

January 13, 2011 01:27 AM
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Gina said...

I just made this and it turned out REALLY soft when it cooled. I think the next time I will use less butter. I popped it in the fridge and it hardened up enough to cut it.

January 25, 2011 10:56 PM
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Annamária Koren said...

Oh woooow!!!! :)

And your nails are wow too ;), could you plz tell me what nail polish this is?? Thank you!!

February 4, 2011 04:51 PM
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kathleen said...

Can you use natural peanut butter?

February 10, 2011 01:24 PM
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Treen said...

I’m from Australia and a bit disappointed that I now have to go searching for recipes to make ‘marshmallow creme’ :( Can anyone tell me if I melted marshmallows is it the same sort of stuff? Will have a look for a recipe and will post if I do, for those of us who can’t buy it.
By the way, so glad I stumbled apon your blog, so many things I want to make!! Wish I was that inventive!

February 22, 2011 09:58 PM
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Jen said...

This looks delish! It reminds me of the peanut butter cup bars from browneyedbaker (http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/01/12/peanut-butter-cup-bars-recipe/). I have to try this recipe (any recipe with peanut butter is great :)

March 3, 2011 04:38 PM
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Kaitlyn said...

YUM! I made this today and oh my word, it was so fast and easy! Oh, and the best part was that it was so good! THANK YOU for posting so many good recipes! It’s so nice to be able to depend on your recipes to always turn out.

March 8, 2011 02:01 AM
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Monica said...

Is there anyway to substitute de marshmallow cream?
I find marshmallows in Venezuela but not the cream :S
btw, love your book! bought it accidentally on a trip! what an accident! :D I am dying to try it!

May 20, 2011 03:38 PM
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Delphi said...

Just found your site and somehow made my way to this recipe. I make just one fudge too. I also stopped trying to make fudge any other way because mine also was easy and turned out well the first time. BUT, that’s going to be something that, in the future, I will have to say in past tense because I’m definitely going to try this recipe. I just wanted to mention that as I was reading along with this recipe, you said, “Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and half of the jar of marshmallow creme.” and later, “Add vanilla and remaining marshmallow creme.” but you hadn’t mentioned vanilla earlier. I went back to the original recipe and saw you listed “1 tsp vanilla,” so that cleared up the mystery for me. Just thought I’d share in case anyone else was following the second post of this recipe and also went, “huh?” Also…your nails in these pictures are awesome! And I am a pretty good portrait photographer, but my food porn picture skills are nowhere near as good as yours. Do you use a manual or digital camera? What’s your F-stop and film speed? Are you actually taking the photos in macro to get that sharp focus on the front item and dreamy background look? Thank you! And congratulations on your book! What a dream come true through amazing hard work! I will be hinting broadly for it as a gift!

June 8, 2011 09:32 PM
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Blue said...

Now I’m like, well duh! Truly tankfhul for your help.

June 27, 2011 12:33 PM
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Isis said...

hi, this looks amazing :)
i really would like to make this but i live in Australia and i’ve never seen marshmellow creme anywhere, is there a substitute i could use instead?
thanks,
Isis :)

September 21, 2011 12:56 AM
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shelly said...

Just had to tell you – I made this for gifts this Christmas…I loved it (at the scraps) and so did all of the recipients – I’ve even had a request to make this recipe again next year! Thank you for sharing!

December 28, 2011 10:53 AM
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a3stars said...

Hi Bakerella! I had been wanting to make this recipe ever since first reading it, and I finally made this fudge today and it turned out so delicious. The texture and flavor is perfect. I didn’t make the chocolate bottom layer. Instead I doubled up on the peanut butter fudge, making it all at once in one pot. In a small bowl I melted 1 cup of seme sweet chocolate chips and a teaspoon of veggie oil, then once the fudge was poured into my glass pan, added spoonfuls of the melted chocolate on top and swirled it with a butter knife, making “Tiger Butter” style fudge. I set it for a hour in the fridge to get the chocolate to firm up, then cut it. It turned out soooo goooood! :) My hubby loves it too. I can’t wait to share this sweet stuff with my family and in-laws. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

January 14, 2012 05:04 AM
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Halsters said...

ooooo… im going to make these tomorrow!

February 24, 2012 05:22 PM
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JM said...

hi there!i’m from Manila Philiipines and I’ve made this sweet and cute recipe.. it’s the first time that i will make sweet and i’m freaking nervous of what will be the taste of it..haha! successfully my 1 year old nephew super liked it and my husband too..i made it with real white marshamallow and a local peanut butter and viola..i have my peanut butter fudge for the first time….though I think I put a lot of sugar that it tasted super sweet…next time i’ll lessen the sugar and make more of it..thank you for this recipe..next thing on my list is the gumdrop..so excited for it and hope it turned out perfect.. : )

March 22, 2012 09:31 PM
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Kelly Kardos said...

My son has been asking for fudge since November. I tried a recipe but tried to 1/2 it and I dumped it. He loves PB and chocolate and he’s been asking me to sprinkle crushed Heath Bars on top… So guess what I’m doing today!! Thank u for this!!

December 21, 2012 10:30 AM
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Marlee said...

This is delicious! Super easy to make and a crowd favorite.

December 30, 2012 01:47 AM
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bec said...

That looks delicious! i LOVE fudge!

July 4, 2013 03:05 PM
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Teresa said...

I noticed you said to put Vanilla. Is that the Vanilla extract? & how much? Have to try this! Thanks for the recipe.

September 3, 2013 08:16 PM
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Teresa said...

Nevermind. Didnt fully read it!!! 1/2 a teaspoon. Got it!

September 3, 2013 08:17 PM
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