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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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Can you believe it’s already December? This month, we’re excited to feature chocolate desserts, starting with this insanely delicious chocolate peanut butter fudge. You could wrap it up as gifts — or just devour it all yourself. Kamran from Sophisticated Gourmet (and the beautiful new cookbook Hand Made Baking) shares his easy recipe…

Peanut Butter Fudge
by Kamran Siddiqi of Sophisticated Gourmet

This peanut butter fudge is meant to be shared with your favorite people during the holidays, and the best part is that it doesn’t require much effort or the use of thermometers and other special equipment. It’s perfect for this time of the year—no headaches, very little effort and tons of satisfaction.

There’s a nice sweet and salty combination going on here, especially if you go the extra mile and top the fudge with a little melted chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt. (I used Maldon, but fleur de sel or the teeniest pinch of regular fine grain sea salt works well, too!) The chocolate and the salt balance out the richness of the fudge, making each bite pure happiness.

I’ve been making this around the holidays for the past few years and it’s perfect to bring to parties, use as stocking stuffers (put in baggies with cute ribbon), or have out on the table during coffee time. Who said it’s wrong to indulge a bit?

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Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

What you’ll need:

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
1 lb light Muscovado sugar (you can also use soft dark brown sugar)
½ cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
2 ⅓ cups powdered sugar
⅓ cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
sea salt for sprinkling (optional, but recommended)

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan along with the ground nutmeg.

With a wooden spoon, stir in the brown sugar and milk, removing any lumps, and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes without stirring.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla, then the peanut butter.

Put the powdered sugar in a large heatproof mixing bowl. Then, pour the hot peanut butter and sugar mixture on top of the powdered sugar, and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Pour into an 8-inch square baking pan, cover the top with parchment, and press down to smooth out the top (I use another 8-inch pan to do this). Set aside to cool slightly (10 minutes should do), then place in the fridge to cool completely.

Turn the fudge out of the tin onto the parchment and cut into 36 squares (or smaller, if you prefer).

Melt the chocolate, and add a thin layer to top of each piece of fudge. Allow the chocolate to set, and sprinkle each piece of fudge with a few grains of flaky sea salt.

Store in an airtight container.

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Thank you so much, Kamran!

P.S. More recipes, including Nutella-stuffed cookies and salted caramel brownies.

(Photos and recipe by Kamran Siddiqi. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for helping with this series.)

  1. I’m not a huge fudge fan but these might change my mind entirely. They look ahhhmazing!

  2. This is a great blogger, some really nice ideas, we thank you a lot.

  3. this looks so good! I’m going to try a vegan version using non-dairy “butter” and almond milk.

  4. Great minds think a like…I just made these last night. I love how simple the recipe is and that I can use my choice of real cacao without any soy. I also use Earth’s Balance coconut peanut butter–the yummiest! The touch of salt makes these divine. Happy Nesting.

  5. I made these this afternoon while my babies napped, and the taste is amazing. BUT, beware. The fudge does not just fall out of the pan onto the parchment like it’s supposed to. I had to throw the whole pan back in the microwave after it had already cooled so that I could transfer the fudge into a new pan with parchment on the BOTTOM, too, not just the top. It’s cooling now, hopefully it’ll work this time.

  6. There is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter… except chocolate and peanut butter with sea salt!

  7. Looks amazing. Does natural peanut butter work here too?

  8. Oh my gosh this looks insanely good!

  9. Wow! These look so good and would make a perfect little Christmas treat. Thanks for the recipe! x

  10. this fudge looks simply divine and maybe a little more simple than frosting sugar cookies. now know what my neighbors are getting this holiday season!
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  11. My boyfriend would love this stuff!
    Maybe an additional Christmas gift for him will be in the works ;)
    -E

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  12. This looks delicious! I’m curious, though–is there a reason to not spread the chocolate across the fudge in one large slab, and then cut into squares? It seems much faster.

  13. Oh my- this is on my ‘to do’ list for sure. Wow.

  14. My son has a severe nut allergy so we will make these with sun butter. I’m sure they will be yummy!

  15. Yum-O!!! :D

  16. This looks absolutely amazing and features my favorite flavor combo (chocolate and peanut butter!)
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  17. Oh man! This looks SO good! It’s totally going on my weekend to do list!!

  18. yumm that looks amazing!

  19. I love chocolates with a little sea salt. ALWAYS my favorite. I posted a cocoa coconut bites recipe today (https://girlnamedallyn.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/cocoa-coconut-bites/) that we topped with some flaked salt and they’re crazy good. But now you’ve got me thinking about fudge. I should probably make a batch of this fudge and keep it.
    For testing purposes, of course…

  20. Wow !! This is that sweet I couldn’t eat !! I like desserts and cakes but only when don’t have a lot of chocolate …I am more a salty person!

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  21. Yummy! Will try this over the weekend!