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How To Make Fudge In The Microwave

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If you've ever been to one of those traditional candy stores where they make fudge right in front of you, you'll probably think this recipe is going to take a lot of work. Boiling ingredients, using candy thermometers, working the fudge on marble. Phew -- that's far too much effort! Well we've got you covered with our delicious peanut butter fudge recipe if you are short on time. The trick -- it's made in the microwave. Literally mixed and ready to go in the fridge in less than 10 minutes. It also makes for a great (and inexpensive) Christmas gift idea, but be warned, you'll need to make at least two batches to make sure you've got enough for yourself!

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Ingredients:

Makes 49 pieces
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 3 + 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup finely chopped peanuts (unsalted)

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Directions:
1. Line an 8x8 inch baking tray with aluminum foil so the foil hangs over the edge (leaving enough foil to cover the mixture once it's in the tray).

2. Place the butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for two minutes, then stir. Heat again for one more minute and stir, then heat for a final minute and stir. At this point, the mixture should be very hot and just starting to bubble so please take care.

3. Add the vanilla extract, salt and powdered sugar. Stir until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Add half of the chopped peanuts and stir into the mixture. This mixture should be thick but stir-able -- like cookie dough.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and flatten using the back of a spoon. Ensure the mixture is pushed right to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining chopped peanuts on top and press into the top using your hand (be careful, the mixture will still be quite warm).

5. Fold the foil over the top of the fudge mixture and place in the fridge for at least two hours to set. After two hours, remove from the tray and the foil and chop into squares.

The fudge should keep for up to a week in a sealed container at room temperature.

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Line an 8x8 inch baking tray with aluminum foil so the foil hangs over the edge (leaving enough foil to cover the mixture once it's in the tray).

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Place the butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for two minutes, then stir. Heat again for one more minute and stir, then heat for a final minute and stir again. At this point, the mixture should be very hot and just starting to bubble so please take care.

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Add the vanilla extract, salt and powdered sugar. Stir until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Add half of the chopped peanuts and stir into the mixture. This mixture should be thick but stir-able - like cookie dough.

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Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and flatten using the back of a spoon. Ensure the mixture is pushed right to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining chopped peanuts on top and press into the top using your hand (be careful, the mixture will still be quite warm). Fold the foil over the top of the fudge mixture and place in the fridge for at least two hours to set. After two hours, remove from the tray and the foil and chop into squares.

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Great as an accompaniment to that mid-morning espresso.

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