Peanut Butter Fudge That Gets a Helping Hand From Children

"My children and I made up this recipe together and we've been making it for years," Mary Ann Lo Presti Smith writes. "The fudge keeps quite well and moist in a sealed plastic container. The flavor of peanut butter is even better the next day."

PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

3/4 cup butter or margarine

3 cups sugar

1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (12-ounce) package peanut butter chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream

1 cup chopped peanuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

Microwave butter on HIGH 2 minutes or until melted. Add sugar and evaporated milk and mix well. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until mixture begins to boil. Stir after 3 minutes. Mix well, scraping bowl. Microwave 5 1/2 minutes. Stir after 3 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter chips and peanut butter until melted. Stir in marshmallow cream. Add peanuts and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into greased 8-inch pan. Cool at room temperature. Cut into 1-inch squares. Makes 3 pounds.

--MARY ANN LO PRESTI SMITH

Arcadia

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