Learn how to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and a few simple ingredients using this easy fudge recipe. This homemade fudge is smooth, creamy and perfect for the holidays or anytime you want a sweet treat!
This easy chocolate peanut butter fudge recipe is loaded with semi-sweet chocolate, creamy peanut butter and topped off with mini Reese's peanut butter cups.
If you're craving the classic mix of chocolate and peanut butter, you'll love this quick and easy treat!
My oldest baby came up with this easy peanut butter fudge recipe. She's a huge fan of anything to do with chocolate and peanut butter. So I asked her to make some for us.
Fudge is one of those easy desserts that you can enjoy all year long. But, it's perfect for Christmas, holiday parties and cookie exchanges. And, it makes a delicious homemade gift for the chocolate-peanut butter lover in your life!
One of the best things about this easy microwave fudge recipe is that it's practically foolproof, and you really can't mess it up. Plus, you only need a few simple ingredients to make it:
- Creamy peanut butter -- any brand
- Semi sweet chocolate chips
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate peanut butter cups -- reese's peanut butter cups
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Making this chocolate peanut butter fudge is super easy. The base is made with a mixture of chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk that you can melt together in the microwave.
You don't have to stir it over and over like some of the more complicated, old fashioned fudge recipes.
First, spoon the peanut butter into a bowl, and melt it by microwaving for about 30 seconds, or until it's pourable.
In a separate large microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and stir together.
Heat in the microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth and melted.
Grease and line 8-inch by 8-inch or 9-inch by 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Once the chocolate mixture is melted, pour it into the prepared pan.
Then, add the softened peanut butter mixture on top. Swirl the smooth peanut butter into the chocolate.
We didn't want two separate layers for the fudge, so my daughter used a knife to gently mix the two together. Then, she used a toothpick to swirl the peanut butter into the chocolate a little more.
She smoothed the top with a spatula, and then she added some cut chocolate peanut butter candies over the top.
This is optional, but it adds an extra layer of chocolate peanut butter flavor!
You can let the fudge cool in the fridge or on your counter. Our kitchen is pretty warm, so we popped the fudge into the fridge.
We're an impatient bunch, especially when chocolate is involved, and we wanted to taste the fudge as soon as possible!
Honestly, this fudge is incredible! It's not too sweet, and the peanut butter isn't overwhelming. It's just right!
We like this chocolate fudge recipe just as it is, but there are many ways to customize this easy recipe to suit your taste buds!
I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips with peanut butter, but you can use whatever type of chocolate chips you want: dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or even peanut butter chips.
If your want your fudge to have distinct layers, then don't mix the melted peanut butter into the chocolate mixture at the bottom of the pan.
That way, you'll have a creamy peanut butter layer on top of a bottom layer of chocolate.
You can add more peanut butter for a stronger peanut butter taste. Or use cashew butter or almond butter, instead!
How to Store
You can store peanut butter chocolate fudge at room temperature or in the refrigerator--it just depends on how you warm your house is.
If you do keep this 5 ingredient fudge in the fridge, you might want to let it warm up a bit before eating. This is how we like to enjoy this decadent treat!
Keep the fudge covered in the square pan you made it in. Or, transfer sliced fudge into an airtight container.
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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup mini chocolate peanut butter cups, chopped
- Spoon peanut butter into a small mixing bowl, and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds or until pourable. Set aside.
- Add the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a large mixing bowl, stir, and heat in the microwave in 15-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth and melted
- Stir in vanilla extract
- Pour chocolate mixture into foil-lined, greased 8 X 8 or 9 X 9 square pan
- Pour peanut butter over chocolate, swirl together, and smooth top with spatula
- Top with chopped mini peanut butter cups, and allow to cool completely and firm up before cutting into 1-inch squares
- Store in a covered container in cool place
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Recipe originally published in 2017 and updated in 2021.
My family absolutely loved this easy chocolate peanut butter fudge. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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