Buckeye Fudge

COOK'S NOTE: The fudge will set up at room temperature in a few hours. It is sliceable and perfect that way. Personally, I preferred mine cold and served it from the refrigerator. I've listed the fudge as 48 servings. However, I liked my bites sliced even smaller, (this fudge is rich!) so it really turned out to be closer to 80 little bite-size squares for my family. By popular request, directions are included for both microwave and stove-top preparation.

Buckeye Fudge
Yield: 48 servings

Peanut Butter Layer:
1 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Layer:
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter

DIRECTIONS for the microwave: 
Peanut Butter Layer - Combine the peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine, it should come together very quickly and be smooth and creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup or so at a time. Stir to combine thoroughly. Grease an 8-9" pan with butter or line with parchment. Transfer the peanut butter fudge mixture to the pan and press into the pan.

Chocolate Layer - Combine the milk, the chocolate and the butter in a medium size glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine and heat another 15 seconds if needed. Stir until smooth. Pour over the peanut butter fudge. 

Let cool on the counter for at least 4 hours before cutting, or chill in the refrigerator. Slice into bite size servings and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!

DIRECTIONS for the stove-top: 
Peanut Butter Layer - Combine the peanut butter, butter and vanilla in a medium size saucepan over medium low heat. Stir to combine, it should come together very quickly and be smooth and creamy. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the powdered sugar a cup or so at a time. Stir to combine thoroughly.

Chocolate Layer - Combine the milk, the chocolate and the butter in a medium size glass bowl over a simmering pan of water and allow it to slowly melt while stirring occasionally. Once it has fully melted, stir until smooth. Pour over the peanut butter fudge.

Let cool on the counter for at least 4 hours before cutting, or chill in the refrigerator. Slice into bite size servings and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!

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