Sometimes I crave something really rich and peanut buttery before I go for a long run. Or in the wee hours when I’m editing photos.
Some fuel that sticks to my ribs and makes my mouth do a happy dance. This fudge does the trick.
For those who only associate fudge as a holiday treat, or that it has to be chocolate, I encourage you to get over those thoughts. Your tastebuds will thank you.
It’s an easy, no-bake recipe that’s as easy as melting together butter, peanut butter, and butterscotch chips before stirring in marshmallows and refrigerating.
If you’ve never had peanut butter and butterscotch together, it’s a heavenly combo. The two flavors pair so well together and the marshmallows add a chewy texture to the otherwise dense bars. Some of the marshmallows melt, some stay intact, giving you the best of both worlds.
It’s a great dessert to make-ahead and stash in the fridge for impromtu nibbling or parties. And your house will smell like a bakery for the next day after you make it.
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- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (not natural and not homemade because they’re too runny)
- two 11-ounce bags butterscotch chips
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- one 10-ounce bag mini marshmallows, with 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling
- Line a 9×9-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- To a large pot, add the butter, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, salt, and heat over low heat to melt, stirring nearly continuously until melted. Be careful so you don’t scorch the butterscotch chips and I find starting with softened butter to be very helpful. If the last few butterscotch chips are resistant to melting, it’s okay.
- Remove pot from the heat, add the marshmallows, reserving 1/2 cup for sprinkling on top, and stir to combine. Work quickly and don’t overmix because you don’t want all the marshmallows to melt; some will melt and some will stay intact.
- Turn mixture out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
- Evenly sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup marshmallows, tapping them down gently with your fingers or a spatula.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before slicing and serving. Enjoy directly from the fridge. Fudge will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Adapted from Warm Vanilla Sugar
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