|Peanut Butter Fudge, before cutting into it.|
I don't know about you, but Christmastime normally means family time, and family time normally means goodies (i.e. cookies, candies, pies). One of the things I remember having most often as a child at Christmas was peanut butter fudge. Now, the fudge I remember having wasn't made with very allergy-friendly ingredients, but this one is! :) This recipe is a modified version of one I found on allrecipes.com as posted by ANGIEH. This recipe is soy (if you use all soy-free ingredients), wheat, fish and egg-free, and can be milk and nut-free (see variations). It also melts in your mouth, is deliciously rich and decadent and super simple to boot! I hope you make it and that it becomes a part of your Christmas traditions! :)
Peanut Butter Fudge
1/2 Cup full fat, salted butter
2 Cups brown sugar
dash of salt (up to 1/8 teaspoon)
1/2 Cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup soy-free peanut butter (creamy or crunchy - the choice is yours)
3 Cups powdered sugar
(make sure this ingredient is gluten-free if you need the recipe to be)
- Grease a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir in brown sugar, salt and milk and bring to a roiling boil and boil and stir for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove mixture from heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until the peanut butter is melted and fully incorporated. (Note: Feel free to go a little heavy handed on the peanut butter if you wish. If you like it more peanut buttery, use a rounded Cup of peanut butter (up to 1 1/4 Cups). If you like it not quite as peanut buttery, use a scant Cup (down to as little as 3/4 Cup).)
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
- Pour/scoop the mixture into the prepared 9x13 pan and carefully press the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula into the pan until the fudge is evenly distributed throughout the pan. (Note: You can use your clean, bare hands to do this part, but the fudge mixture can be very hot, so I don't recommend this method. If you want to do it that way, however, you may, but I recommend greasing your hands with butter first to reduce the risk of getting a burn.)
- Chill the fudge until firm and then cut into squares and enjoy.
Makes at least 48 pieces.
Variations (Please keep your individual allergen needs in mind when using variations!):
- Other Nut or Nut-Free: If you can have tree nuts, you can easily sub a tree nut spread for the peanut butter. If you can have neither, you can use a seed butter instead.
- Other Flavors: You can substitute any peanut butter, tree nut or seed butter spread or a combination of a few for the peanut butter in this. This means you could use a flavored peanut butter (like the ones by Peanut Butter & Co.), Nutella or any other flavor that suits your fancy. :)
Sounds good, right? It is, trust me! You really should make some and let me know what you think. I promise you, you won't be disappointed! :) Just start off with a small piece - this stuff is rich! :)
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and blessed holiday season! Most likely I will not be back until after the New Year in order to spend some time with my extended family, including my Granny who will be up here for a month! I am excited! :D Anyway, stay safe, have fun and enjoy your time with loved ones! I will still answer emails and comments, so feel free to send them along, but forgive me if it takes me longer than normal to respond. :)
What are your favorite Christmas goodies?
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
What is your favorite part about Christmas?