Salted Peanut Butter Fudge

I am unabashedly channeling Lionel Ritchie and his smooth, silky voice.

Because these peanut butter fudge squares are easy.

Easy like Sunday morning.

Really, these salty-sweet squares are simple, casual, practically effortless. I’ve made easy fudge before – remember Nutella Fudge and Blackberry Fudge? These Salted Peanut Butter Fudge Squares also only require a few minutes of work. And there’s no need to turn on the oven, either.

It’s my latest try at microwave fudge and I’m still pretty amazed at how well it turns out each time. It is very quick to make, just needs a few hours to set, and voila! I end up with a dessert that’s well loved by all.

For once, I didn’t use Nutella. Instead I opted for something healthier: fresh ground peanut butter from Whole Foods. I used honey roasted peanut butter, but I bet this fudge will be great with almond butter, too.

Of course I also used half a block of white chocolate and nearly a can of condensed milk, so that cancels out anything healthy. Plus some pats of butter.

But whoever said fudge was healthy? It is, undoubtedly, a sweet, sweet indulgence.

And with a top layer of smooth chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of dark espresso salt, it’s an indulgence you can readily whip up for a party or as a treat for your friends. Or you know, for a long weekend. Or weeknight class. Whatever.

Salted Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients

 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp salted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
6 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp espresso salt (or any coarse salt)

Directions

  1. Combine the white chocolate, peanut butter, condensed milk, and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on full power for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Everything would have started to melt but you’ll still have some lumps. Heat again in 30-second intervals and stir until the mixture turns smooth. I heated everything for a total of 3 minutes. Scrape the mixture onto an 8×8 baking pan and smooth out the top.
  2. Make your ganache topping. Heat the dark chocolate in the microwave using the same method: 1 minute then stir, then in 30-second increments. Once it is melted, slowly pour in cream and stir until well blended. Pour the ganache on top of the peanut butter fudge, and sprinkle with espresso salt.
  3. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours, then cut into 1-inch  squares.

If you’re a purist or a perfectionist or if you simply have more time, you can melt the chocolate in a double broiler, and make ganache the proper way. You can also be more careful about cutting the fudge into more even squares.

But this isn’t a careful recipe.  It’s easy. Like Sunday mornings.

   

22 Responses to “Salted Peanut Butter Fudge”

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    Michelle posted May 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I can stand behind any fudge that is analogous to Lionel Ritchie. :-)

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    justcooknyc posted May 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    i definitely need to try this

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    Elizabeth posted May 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I love the fresh ground PB from WF. This sounds dreamy.

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    Baking Serendipity posted May 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I’ve seen so many simple fudge recipes lately…it’s like the universe won’t let me sleep until I’ve made a batch. Love the peanut butter in yours!

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    MelissaNibbles posted May 27, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I love how easy this is! They sound delicious.

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted May 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I can’t get over how gorgeous these look! And no steamy heat necessary!

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    Joanne posted May 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I’m going to cry these look so good. I kind of want to have a love affair with them. Lionel-style.

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    Sacha posted May 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love the honey roasted peanut butter at Whole Foods–it brings me back to when I would eat cans and cans of those peanuts as a kid. It must make a great addition to this creamy fudge, and the ganache layer and espresso salt (!!) must put it over the top.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted May 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Oh man, these look insanely delicious!! Wow.

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    Samantha Angela posted May 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    If it has condensed milk in it then it must be delicious right? ;)

    I love fudge, but sometimes I find it way too sweet (and I love things that our sweet!). Is this fudge super sweet or is the sweetness more subdued?

    • Bianca Garcia replied May 28th, 2012 at 10:36 am

      This is actually the least sweet fudge I’ve made! The saltiness from the peanut butter and the additional salt on top really balances out the sweetness from the condensed milk and white chocolate. And since I used dark chocolate for the ganache, it lends a little bit of bitterness as well. It’s still sweet, for sure, but definitely on the milder side, especially when compared to other fudge :)

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    Rhonda posted May 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Any post referencing Lionel Richie gets my approval :) That fudge looks awesome.

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    Simply Life posted May 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    fudge is one of my favorite things to make but I’ve never tried one like this- I love the distinct layers!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted May 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    This is my kind of dessert…easy! And I’ve never heard of espresso salt, but that sounds really amazing on top.

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    Daisy posted May 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I really like that song. thanks for getting it in my head. the fudge looks scrumptious!

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    Honey What's Cooking posted May 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    this recipe looks like heaven.. so delicious and yummy. i love salted and sweet combinations when it comes to dessert.

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    Elizabeth posted May 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I love fudge variations and this looks so good!!

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    Heather posted May 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Nothing better than fudge! That is one of the holiday treats my mom made that I loved most, maybe I’ll have to take over the fudge making duties next Christmas and make this one.

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    Megan posted May 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Nothing better than an easy recipe to satisfy those chocolate peanut butter cravings we both know I get! Looks delicious!

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    Megan posted June 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of fudge, but always had a soft spot for the peanut butter variety :)

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    grace posted June 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    i happen to think that white chocolate and peanut butter combine most deliciously. this is a fierce batch of fudge, bianca!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This is a match made in heaven! I need to try WF’s fresh ground peanut butter!

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