To prepare for a friend's cookie exchange this weekend, I made a couple of kinds of candy. This peanut butter fudge is amazingly simple and always a hit. You can use water instead of milk to make it dairy-free. (Some marshmallows are vegan and others aren't – check the label.)
Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
10 large marshmallows
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
Mix sugar, butter/margarine and milk in pot. Bring to a boil. Cook 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the marshmallows. Stir well until they combine. If necessary, turn the heat on low for a minute to help them dissolve.
Blend in the peanut butter and vanilla. Pour into a buttered eight by eight inch pan and cool.
While I'm at it, here is the easiest ever fudge recipe. To think I used to stand by the stove for an hour, with a candy thermometer.
1 bag chocolate chips (best quality)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix chips and condensed milk in a 9 by 13 inch glass casserole dish. Microwave 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Let set several hours.
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