This buckeye fudge has all the flavor of traditional buckeye balls, but hardly any of the work.
With a headline like that, what is not to like? Peanut butter √…Chocolate √…easy √ …fudge √√. I love Buckeye balls as much as the next person, but rolling all those little balls, dipping them in chocolate, letting them set and on and on? No thanks…not this time of the year at least. This Buckeye fudge gives you the flavor of buckeye balls without all the work.
Seriously guys. This is the easiest fudge I have ever made. Today’s batch was made in about 10 minutes (not counting the setting time) and it came out perfectly. I cooked it in the microwave to save time too. It can also be done on top of the stove, but takes a bit longer and time is not something I have a lot of lately.
Look at all these goodies? How can this fudge not be perfect?
The first layer is made by placing the peanut butter into a glass bowl and combining it with two sticks of butter and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Don’t skimp on the ingredients. Margarine and imitation vanilla extract just won’t do. The flavor will let you down if you skimp, plus margarine has a higher water content so the fudge won’t set as well. This layer comes together so quickly. About 1 minute and a half, swirl it all together and then add the confectioner’s sugar. If you do it on the stove top, just use a heavy saucepan and cook it over medium low heat. Takes a bit longer but works very well too. Both come together quickly.
One reason the fudge does not need high heat to set is because of the powdered sugar. So, you don’t have to worry about this fudge failing on you. LOVE!! I seem to have been a non fudge maker in my past life, since fudge that does not set has been a specialty of mine. But not this recipe. It is totally fool proof, even if all of your fudge recipes have failed on you. Once it has all combined well, spread it out in a foil lined pan that has been sprayed with a non cooking spray.
Tip for the powered sugar: Sift it first. I discovered that just stirring it into the peanut butter gave it a lumpy appearance, and I ended up having to use a whisk and a big arm workout to get it smooth.
The next step is to add 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips to a glass bowl with 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk. (I used nonfat to make me think that this fudge is diet friendly. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination, but a girl can pretend, right?). Be sure to choose sweetened condensed and not evaporated milk. It’s thicker and sweeter, and you need both. 2 tablespoons of butter goes into the bowl and it’s all heated in the microwave for about 90 seconds, stirring now and then. If you do this step on the stove top, you will place the bowl over a pan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Takes longer and the microwave works so easily so I used that today.
Would you believe me if I say, “that’s all there is to it?” Well….that’s all there is to it. It’s hard to believe it is done in such a short amount of time. You have a choice now. It will set on the counter top in about 4 hours, or you can chill it in the fridge for faster setting. I put mine in the fridge and it was set and ready to cut in about 2 hours. Seriously…easiest fudge ever!
To serve, use the sides of the aluminum foil to lift the fudge out of the pan. Strip away the al foil and cut it into small pieces. It makes 48 servings. The fudge is quite rich. If you want it to go further, use an 8 x 11″ pan and the same ingredients. The slices will be thinner but a small bite is really all that is needed. And WHOA…the flavor!!! Rich semi sweet chocolate over a creamy peanut butter fudge base. It’s Buckeye fudge heaven, folks. Better put some aside for gifts, ladies. If you keep them around, and you lack Buckeye control, there won’t be any to share with family or friends!
This fudge is sure to become a holiday tradition. Your friends and family simply will not believe how easy it is to make!
Fudge makes a wonderful home made Christmas gift too. Add a pretty container and give a gift of love!
- For the Peanut Butter Layer:
- 1 cup of butter (two sticks)
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
- 3½ cups of confectioner's sugar
- For the chocolate layer:
- 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk (about ½ can)
- 1½ cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp of butter
- Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, bringing the edges of the foil up over the sides of the pan to use as handles later to remove the fudge. Spray the foil with Pam cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine the peanut butter, 2 sticks of butter and vanilla extract in a glass bowl and cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir well and cook another 30 seconds or so until everything is well combined. Sift the powered sugar and add it, one cup at a time to the peanut butter mixture, mixing well until everything is very well combined and the mixture is smooth. Spread it in the foil line pan and set aside.
- Clean your glass bowl and add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and 2 tbsp of butter. Cook for one minute in the microwave. Stir and continue cooking another 30 seconds. Stir very well until the chocolate is smooth and spread it over the peanut butter layer.
- Allow it to set for 4 hours on the counter top. You can also put it in the fridge to set a bit more quickly. Once set, cut into 48 squares.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge for a few weeks, or freeze to use later.
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