Thursday, December 11

Give the Gift of Peanut Butter Fudge This Christmas

peanut butter fudge

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift that is easy, inexpensive, and loved by all?

Your problem is solved: give the gift of fudge! That's right. Mix up a few batches, pop them in some festive foil baking cups, and nestle them in decorative tissue paper and tins. Then kick back with a hot chocolate and enjoy your favorite Christmas movies while everybody else kills themselves looking for a parking space at the mall.

No baking is required. None. Zip. It can be made ahead and refrigerated, so it saves you time. Plus, each batch costs only a few dollars and can be made in less than 10 minutes.

peanut butter fudge
(This pretty decorative silver tin and star speckled tissue paper costs only a couple of bucks.)

I'm giving the gift of fudge to The Happy Cook over at My Kitchen Treasures who is looking for Homemade Christmas Gifts. Click here for delicious ideas.

Mom's Peanut Butter Fudge
My mom's fudge is thick and creamy without being overly sweet. Though her recipe is versatile, peanut butter fudge has always been everyone's favorite for the holidays. Feel free to play around with add-ins such as marshmallows, dried fruit, crushed candy canes, or whatever else you fancy.

Makes 49 pieces
Print recipe only here.

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 cup crushed graham crackers
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

Coat a 9-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Stir continuously until butter and chocolate are completely melted the mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat.

Add crushed graham crackers, vanilla extract, peanuts, and peanut butter. Using a rubber spatula, mix until well blended.

Pour fudge into the prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate until firm, at least for 4 hours, or preferably overnight.

Slice into 7 equal rows to create 49 square pieces. It's a good idea to use a ruler to ensure equal size pieces. Fudge can be made up to a week in advance and refrigerated.

Here are more easy and inexpensive edible Christmas gifts:

Traditional Italian Almond Biscotti
Biscotti can be made ahead and stored. Given their sturdy texture, they stand up well to packing, so they make great edible gift to mail.

Orange, Date, and Pecan Bread
Mini quick breads in decorative porcelain baking dishes make attractive and thoughtful gifts.

Hello Dolly Cookie Bars
Bar cookies are a harried Christmas baker's best friend. All the ingredients get mixed together, poured into a pan, and baked.

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Anonymous said...

Je passe pour vous souhaiter mes vœux, car je vais être absente pendant les fêtes, par ce petit message :

Noël se nourrira de miel, de brioche et de lumière
Nous tremperons dans le bon café chaud la bûche
A la belle saveur de crème vanille et chocolat
Mille flocons de sucre glace tombent aux quatre coins de l’hiver
Et la maisonnée rêve à tous tes cadeaux, beau Père Noël.
Pour cette nouvelle année, Je n'ai que quelques vœux à formuler : La joie, le bonheur, l'amour et, bien sûr, la santé !
Que ces jours de festivités vous enveloppent de joie de vivre ! Et, que celle-ci se poursuive tout au long des mois qui viendront égayer vos jours de soleil.
Joyeux Noël,
Bonne et Heureuse année 2009 !

Jaime said...

i love fudge...but it's been ages since i have made it! it's definitely a great holiday gift, esp packaged up all pretty like that :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, lovely! A wonderful gift idea!



Finla said...

These fudge looks so yumm. I love that it is not that sweet. Well i like them sweet but others in my family don't like that sweet.
Susan i will take even without the papers around it as it is yumm.
Thnakyou for sending this to my event.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

i love the fact that there are crispy bits in the fudge. lovely idea!

David Hall said...

Hi Susan, funny, me and the nipper made something similar to this last week. It was outrageously calorific but so tasty. And we finished it in one sitting. Bleeurgh.


Tracy said...

I'd be happy to get that as a gift!

Nic said...

Looks beautiful and I bet it tastes fabulous!

Patsyk said...

I grew up eating (and loving) PB Fudge... my mom used the recipe from the Hershey's cocoa can (back when it was still a can!). That recipe can be a bit trickier, because if you don't cook it long enough it won't set up properly.

Yours looks delicious, and I love how you can vary the add-ins, too!

Culinary Wannabe said...

Yay - a holiday goodie that doesn't require baking! Our buildings heat is cranked so high I don't think I could bear to turn on the oven again.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I would happily accept any type of fudge that came my way:D

Snooky doodle said...

yummy this looks great. Do you have to keep this refrigerated ., since i wish to give it as a present. but don t want it to get it ruined .

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Fudge makes us all happy!
Haven't made any in forever.

Lisa Turner said...

Susan, this is a perfect fudge recipe. Thanks for this idea. Peanut butter and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations.

Cynthia said...

Thanks Susan!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

This looks so easy and so good at the same time. What a great treat for the Holidays.

Andrea said...

Oh yum, I am a sucker for peanut butter in any form. This looks completely sinful, Susan!

Anonymous said...

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Heather said...

yummmmm. we love fudge around here, one of my favorite things to make around the holidays :)

CurryLeaf said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog Susan.I loved your comment and take it as a compliment.Thanks

Lori Lynn said...

I've never made fudge, this sounds so easy and would definitely be a nice gift. The tin and paper are pretty too. Great holiday idea Susan, thanks!

Elle said...

Was looking for home made Christmas gifts ideas...this one is super! Thanks Susan!!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I know if I got this fudge as a gift, I'd be a very happy camper--this looks delicious! I could live off of fudge

Johanna GGG said...

yum - love any sweet treats with condensed milk and chocolate - and they look so pretty in the paper cups!

Manggy said...

I was already loving it for the condensed milk (and chocolate of course ;) but the addition of peanut butter is just awesome!! Nice idea Susan!

Ivy said...

Have been wanting to make something similar for a long time now. Thanks for the lovely idea.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I saw this post I looked in my pantry and check, check, check had all of the ingredients. Had to make them at once as this seemed just too easy! Thank you. This recipe has saved my sanity as my baking has not been up to gift quality. My family is gonna be sick of sweets by the time Christmas arrives! They are yummy, easy to make and are a very nice presentation.

Lori said...

This fudge sounds so good. You're right! Who can resist the chocolate peanut butter combo? I sure can't.

redmenace said...

YUM! I'm still planning my xmas tins so this is perfect timing! Thanks!

Maris said...

What a great idea! I forgot how much I love fudge, my mom made it last week for the first time in years. Delish!

Deborah said...

I made some peanut butter fudge last year, but this sounds SO much better!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

eleonora-What a beautiful message. Merci!

jaime-I love it too. Thanks!


happy cook-You are so welcome. It's a fun event!

meeta-Me too!

david-One sitting? Now I don't feel so bad. ;)

tracy-Better than a scarf, huh? ;)

nic-It really does!

patsy-This is really an easy recipe. It comes together with no problems.

cwannabe-Yay indeed! Stay cool!

val-I know!

snooky doodle-I would suggest keeping it in the fridge until shortly before you're going to package it and give it away. A few hours is fine. It will get slightly soft when it's not chilled. So you don't want to package it and leave it on the counter for 2 days, cause it will get melty and won't keep its shape as well. Let me know if you have any more questions. :)

tanna-I hadn't either. And it tasted even better.

lisa-Mine too. They're perfect together.

cynthia-You're welcome!

helene-It really is easy.

andrea-Sinful and easy!

alena-Well thank you for leaving a comment. I'm glad you're enjoying it. :)

heather-There's something Christmassy about fudge.

curryleaf-You're so welcome. :)

lorilynn-Give it a try. It's super simple! :)

elle-Yay! I'm glad to help!

mike-Seriously. ;)

johanna-Thank you so much!

mark-Condensed milk makes treats so rich and delicious.

ivy-Glad to help!

maryann-Oh, I'm so happy to hear that! Anything that helps reduce holiday stress is a good thing. :)
Thank you for letting me know.

lori-Neither can I.


maris-It's even better when you haven't had it in a long time.

deborah-Thanks so much!

Virginie said...

Good idea to add cookies in your fudges. It gives a variation in textures. Have to try it. Thanks.

Lori said...

So I just cut up the fudge. I made it last night. We went crazy over it. I love that it is not too sweet. It's really the best fudge! I am going to post about it and link back to you, hopefully tommorow. I will link back to you. Hope that is okay.

Jeanne said...

This reminds me of bar cookies we used to make as kids, just without the peanut butter. Just think what we were missing!! Looks easy and great for gifts - next year I swear I will be more organised and make gifts!

Dazy said...

These fudge are awfully mouth-watering! Can I have allllll of them!!!! I think this would be just perfect for my kids who are just crazy about fudge.