Thursday, February 14, 2013

peanut butter chocolate swirl fudge

Nothing says love quite like peanut butter and chocolate. Reeses Pieces, peanut butter MMs (my favorite!), nutella and PB sandwich, chocolate cake with PB get the point. Peanut butter and chocolate are simply meant to be. Where there is one the other also exists happily alongside. (Have I used enough sicken cliches yet?? No? Keep reading.) In honor of v-day and all things couple-like I present peanut butter chocolate swirl fudge. Peanut butter and chocolate mingled together in a creamy sweet culinary perfection.

I have even better news...fudge is easy to make. Most recipes involve some heating over the stove followed by some mixing. I actually chose to make this fudge for some company because I didn't want to deal with the hassle of cookies. Lazy? Yes. But if something this delicious comes out of my laziness, than I am totally ok with that!

Give these to your hunny or make them for a crowd (a great way to proactively make sure you don't enter a sugar-induced coma from gobbling them all).
1 stick of butter
2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. powdered sugar
3 tbsp. semi sweet chocolate or more if you'd like a more chocolaty taste

1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
2. Stir in brown sugar and milk then bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for two minute, stirring often.
3. At the same time, heat semisweet chocolate chips in a double boiler over simmering water. Remove from heat as soon as the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
4. Remove from brown sugar, butter, milk mixture from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
5. Pour peanut butter mixture over powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. A stand mixer works best.
6. Once fudge is smooth, pour into a 8x8 inch pan.
7. Swirl in chocolate by alternating pouring some peanut butter then some chocolate. Or simply pour chocolate over top to create a thin chocolate layer then take a knife and swirl the mixture around. I haven't quite mastered the pretty swirl yet, but the good news is it still tastes fantastic!
8. Chill fudge until firm then cut into squares. Use a sharp knife...a butter knife makes crumbs ahem...

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes' Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge

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