Swap out creamy peanut butter fudge for cookies to create these Fudge Peanut Blossoms with a Hershey’s Kiss in the middle. They look so much like the real deal that you’ll fool all your friends and family.
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How real do these Fudge Peanut Blossoms look?
If you didn’t see the bite taken out of the soft peanut butter fudge peanut blossom you’d probably have been just as fooled as my friends and family have been. Everyone thinks these are cookies until they take a bite.
I’ve shared these faux peanut blossoms with many people all of whom have all raved about the flavor. Happily, everyone also loved the clever twist on the classic Christmas cookie.
To make these fudge peanut blossoms look real I scooped and rolled a ball of peanut butter fudge then dipped it in some brown sugar for added crunch and inserted a Hershey’s Kiss in the center. As the chocolate kiss goes into the fudge cracks begin to form just like they do as the cookies are baking.
When making these faux peanut blossom cookies, I tested out both my easy microwave peanut butter fudge recipe which is made using peanut butter chips, white chocolate, and peanut butter as well as my buckeye peanut butter fudge recipe which is made using peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar but neither of these fudge recipes worked quite right.
So I experimented with a sweetened condensed milk peanut butter fudge recipe and it worked perfectly! The fudge is firm enough to hold its shape when flattened yet cracks under pressure. Plus it tastes great.
How to make condensed milk peanut butter fudge:
- Stir together 2 1/2 cups of peanut butter chips, 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter, and a pinch of salt.
- Heat in the microwave at 70% power for 90 seconds (this recipe was tested in a 1000 watt microwave, you may need to adjust the time if your microwave is less powerful).
- Let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes.
- Then remove the bowl and stir slowly until the fudge thickens and all the peanut butter chips have melted. You can press down on any of the chips that are not melting to help the process along.
- This fudge will get quite thick as it cools, so just stir until the chips have melted.
- Cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour until it cools and thickens to the consistency of cookie dough.
Scoop and roll the fudge peanut blossoms:
- Use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to scoop out 36 tablespoons of the fudge.
- Set them on a non-stick cookie sheet or a silicone mat.
- Push about 1/2 cup of brown sugar through a fine-mesh sieve in order to break up any clumps.
- If your brown sugar is too moist then you may need to spread that sugar out on a baking sheet and let it dry just a bit.
- Gently squish one of the peanut butter scoops then roll it into a ball and roll it in the brown sugar.
- You will need the fudge to soften just slightly so that you can get the sugar to stick to it. The warmth of your hands should do the trick.
- If the sugar won’t stick to the fudge, squish the fudge and knead it a little bit before rolling it into a ball and coating it in the brown sugar.
- Not only will the brown sugar give your fudge the look of the peanut blossom cookies it will also add a small amount of crunch so the feel is somewhat similar to biting into a cookie.
- Set the fudge ball back on your non-stick mat and immediately insert a Hershey’s Kiss allowing the fudge to crack slightly in a few spots.
- If you roll all your fudge then go back and add the chocolate kisses the fudge may crack too much so it’s best to do one at a time.
- Pushing in the Hershey Kisses is a great job for your kids!
Where can I find peanut butter chips?
- Reese’s makes peanut butter chips that are available in most grocery stores, online at amazon, and at some discount stores like Walmart and Target.
- You can also use peanut butter confectionery coating wafers to make this fudge.
What type of peanut butter should I use?
- I personally love the flavor of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter so that is what I use.
- I have not tested this recipe using natural or freshly ground peanut butter and I’m not sure if you will have any issues with the oils separating or not. If you do try it, please let us know how it works out in the comments below.
Can I use evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk?
- Sweetened condensed milk is milk that has been pasteurized and condensed (heated and cooked to remove most of the water) and sweetened with sugar. It is thick and has a light caramel flavor.
- Evaporated milk is not sweetened and is not thickened with sugar and will not work in this fudge recipe.
You can find the supplies needed to make Fudge Peanut Blossoms on amazon (commission earned for sales.)
Can I make this fudge on the stove?
- Stir together the peanut butter chips, sweetened condensed milk, salt, and peanut butter in a medium saucepan and set it over low heat on the stove.
- Heat, stirring occasionally until 75% of the peanut butter chips have melted.
- Remove from the heat and let rest for 3 minutes before stirring.
- Pour into a heatproof bowl, cover, and set aside to cool for about an hour before scooping and rolling.
See our Easy Fudge FAQ page for more answers to your fudge making questions.
fudge peanut blossoms video tutorial
fudge peanut blossoms recipe
Scoop peanut butter fudge and roll in brown sugar then insert a Hershey's Kiss to make these fun Fudge Peanut Blossoms that look like the original cookies.
- 2 1/2 cups peanut butter chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, (sifted to remove lumps)
- 36 Hershey's Kisses
Stir together peanut butter chips, sweetened condensed milk, salt, and creamy peanut butter.
Heat in the microwave at 70% power for 90 seconds.
Let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Stir until melted.
If needed, heat at 70% power for 10-15 second increments in order to melt all the peanut butter chips.
Scoop out 36 tablespoons of the fudge.
Set them on a non-stick cookie sheet or a silicone mat.
Push the brown sugar through a fine-mesh sieve in order to break up any clumps.
Roll one of the fudge scoops into a ball and roll it in the brown sugar.
Set the fudge ball back on your non-stick mat and immediately insert a Hershey's Kiss allowing the fudge to crack slightly.
Repeat creating 36 fudge peanut blossoms.
This recipe was originally published on December 9, 2018.
- If you make this fudge and let it rest in your bowl for more than an hour it may firm up too much for you to be able to easily scoop it out using an ice cream scoop.
- Take the fudge out of your bowl and knead it a bit until it softens slightly.
- Then you can scoop it more easily.
- This fudge needs to firm up as it sits in order for your faux cookies to hold their shape so you do need a nice firm fudge.
If you really want to fool your friends and family, why not bake up a batch of peanut blossom cookies and set them on a plate next to these fudge peanut blossoms and see how people react.
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