This easy chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe is a smooth and creamy sweet treat. Homemade fudge that’s perfect for the Christmas or year round.
This old fashioned chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe has become one of my favorite chocolate desserts. Peanut butter and chocolate is such a classic flavor combination and always a crowd pleaser.
One of my friends has declared this ” the best chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe.” It is a staple at Christmas time on cookie platters and packaged up as neighbor or office coworker gifts.
I am not sure why we mostly make fudge at Christmas time? I am team let’s make fudge year round. So whether you are looking for a sweet treat for the holiday season or just in the mood for an indulgent treat any time of year this is a recipe to try.
I am using my old fashioned fudge recipe as a base it has simple ingredients and can be made it in just a few minutes, no candy thermometer or double boiler needed. Peanut butter chocolate fudge recipe with sweetened condensed milk, semi sweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract, creamy peanut butter and peanut butter cups. This is a great base chocolate fudge recipe. It’s one of the easiest fudge recipes. Get creative and add in your own toppings on top of the fudge.
Peanut Butter Fudge Ingredients
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter Cups (optional)
How to make chocolate peanut butter fudge
Line an 8×8 baking dish with wax paper or parchment paper.
On the stovetop use a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium heat and melt together sweetened condensed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Once melted and combined stir in vanilla extract.
Pour fudge into a pan that’s line with wax paper or parchment paper. Smooth out with a silicone spatula. Immediately add dollops of creamy peanut butter on top of your chocolate fudge layer. Using a butter knife swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate fudge.
Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups on top of the fudge. Press down with your fingers.
Let chill in the fridge for 2 hours. Remove from pan and cut into small squares and enjoy!
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- 2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 14 oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 5-6 Chopped Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with wax paper.
- Using a heavy bottom pan on medium heat melt together sweetened condensed milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Once melted and combined stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour fudge into your wax lined pan. Smooth out with a silicone spatula.
- Immediately add dollops of creamy peanut butter on top of your chocolate fudge layer. Using a butter knife swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate fudge.
- Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups on top of the fudge. Press down with your fingers.
- Let chill in the fridge for 2 hours. Remove from pan and cut into small squares and enjoy!
What size pan should you make fudge in?
I like to use a square pan either 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. This is the one I use its stoneware and works perfectly. Pro tip line your pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Then you can just lift your fudge out of the dish and cut it.
Why add vanilla extract into chocolate fudge?
Adding vanilla extract into your chocolate fudge base give your fudge a shine to it. It also adds to the flavor. It actually enhances the flavor of chocolate. Don’t skip this ingredient.
Does fudge need to be refrigerated?
Fudge contains dairy which makes you think that it needs to be refrigerated but since it has a high sugar content the sugar stabilizes the dairy. Fudge can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
Can you freeze fudge?
Yes, you can freeze fudge! If stored properly your fudge will last 2-3 months in the freezer. I suggest to wrap your fudge in wax paper and then aluminum foil. Store your wrapped fudge in a freezer bag.
When you are ready to eat the fudge remove it from the freezer and let it thaw for 3 hours and enjoy!
How long does fudge last?
Fudge can last a long time, if you don’t eat it all, it all depends on how it is stored. If you store it in an air tight container at room temperature it typically lasts 1-2 weeks. Want it to last longer? Store it in the fridge properly in an airtight container it stays fresh for 2-3 weeks.
Want your fudge to last 2-3 months? Store it in the freezer.
If you want to use this recipe as base and add additional or other toppings go for it! Here are a few ideas.
- Chopped Oreos
- Chopped Rolos
- Andes Mints
- Chopped Pretzels
- Toasted Pecans
- Toasted Coconut
- Chopped Peanuts
- Leftover Halloween Candy