I just made this again recently, and quickly remembered why I had saved this recipe! Originally found it somewhere online, under the name “Alpha’s Peanut Butter Fudge”. I made a few modifications, and I believe they improved an already great recipe!
2 1/2 cup sugar
5 oz Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup of butter
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
18 oz Peanut Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
In a medium saucepan, dissolve sugar in evaporated milk. Add butter (cut in pieces, if desired) and corn syrup, and, stirring constantly, cook over low heat until butter is melted. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, to soft ball stage. (Using our candy thermometer, this was to 240ºF.)
Remove from heat and mix in peanut butter. Cool to about 120º F and mix in vanilla. Spread in suitable size pan (the larger the pan, the thinner each piece of candy will be). Fudge will still be very soft at this stage; it takes a few hours to set up.
I actually doubled this recipe (because of our large family) … sort of. I forgot to double the peanut butter, but did double everything else, and that was just fabulous. So I would recommend perhaps halving the peanut butter, or if doubling, just use one 18oz jar. Still very peanut buttery … and fantastic!
It took about four hours to cool/set, and then was ready to serve!
These cookies are fairly quick and easy, and are a delicious treat! (I know this because they don’t last much longer than it takes to cool them off! They are a hit in the Campbell home!)
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s 40th Anniversary Cookbook
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 350ºF. (Recipe says 375ºF, but I have found 350ºF to work better with my oven.)
Mix the first six ingredients together until smooth and then add the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Optional extra ingredients include chopped peanuts and chocolate chips. (And whatever else you might want to throw in!)
The recipe says to chill, but I’ve never found that to be necessary. Roll teaspoon size balls of dough and place on a cookie sheet. Press down to about 1/4″ thick with a fork (making crisscross marks by turning the for 90º) or with any sort of styled press for even more fun-looking cookies! Sprinkle each cookie with white sugar and bake for 9-10 minutes, or until cookies look dry and you can see a slight browning around the bottom edge.
Let them cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet, and then remove to a baking rack to cool more thoroughly.
Recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.