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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fudge Squares

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
Yield Makes 5 dozen


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) package semisweet chocolate squares
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • Garnish: peanut halves

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cover and cook 3 minutes; uncover and cook, without stirring, until candy thermometer registers 236° (soft ball stage). Remove from heat; add peanut butter and vanilla.

  2. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until thickened; pour into a buttered 8-inch square pan. Score into 1-inch squares with a knife; cool. Cut into squares.

  3. Microwave chocolate squares and shortening in a 2-cup glass measuring cup at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice.

  4. Dip fudge squares into chocolate mixture; place on wax paper. Garnish, if desired; let stand until firm.