For the fifth food gift from my 7 Food Gifts post, I made peanut butter fudge. This peanut butter fudge is mixed with whole and halved peanuts for a nice crunch! It’s the EASIEST recipe every, it doesn’t require baking, just a microwave. If you need a quick food gift, this is it. It’s delicious, *thoughtful*, peanut butter-licious, and serves a lot.
I got the recipe from one of my favorite Food Network chefs, Alton Brown.
EASY Peanut Butter Fudge
Adapted from FoodNetwork.com
Yield: 8×8 inch pan of fudge
- 8 ounces unsalted butter, plus more for greasing pan
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1 cup of peanuts (optional)
- Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.)
- Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen. Add cup of peanuts if desired. Mix in until evenly distributed in fudge mixture.
- Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
After set, cut into pieces for serving.