Country Rebel Recipes
Christmas is almost here and we’re up to our elbows in sweet treats! Cookies, candies, fudge, breads….you name it, we’re making it. We’ve scoured the internet for new recipes to add to our holiday baking repertoire, and dug out old cookbooks for family favorites. One recipe that we come back to year after year is for chocolate fudge, but we’ve added a simple little twist to put this fudge over the top….Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Years ago, long before the internet was a thing, we remember clipping a chocolate fudge recipe from a magazine and hanging it on the refrigerator for quick reference. The recipes used chocolate chips, canned milk, marshmallow cream and butter and was cooked in the microwave, ready to enjoy in less than 5 minutes. More often than not, the fudge never made it to a pan as we all grabbed spoons and ate it straight out of the bowl.
We took the cooking process to the stove top and felt that it gave more consistent results when it was time for the fudge to set up. And, it is basically fool-proof. Just follow the directions carefully and you’ll end up with perfect fudge every time. Stir in your favorite chopped candy bars and/or nuts and you’ll be in fudge heaven! We’ve made it with Snickers, pretzels, M&Ms, Rolos and more and it is always a hit. The recipe below is for our take on Peanut Butter Cup Fantasy Fudge. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
PEANUT BUTTER CUP FANTASY FUDGE
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup salted butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
12-ounces (approx. 2 cups) dark chocolate chips
10 oz. mini marshmallows
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chopped peanut butter cups, divided
Line a 9×14-inch pan with foil and grease lightly with butter.
Stir sugar, butter, and milk together in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly to help dissolve the sugar. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and boil for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove the pan from heat and stir in chocolate chips, marshmallows and peanut butter until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of the peanut butter cups, then spread mixture into prepared pan. Top with remaining peanut butter cups, pressing them gently into the fudge. Allow the fudge to cool completely before serving.