Candy is everyone’s best friend when it comes to the corner store, but not when it comes to home-baking. It involves candy thermometers, lots of hot syrup, and long waiting periods. Personally, I have burned my hand with hot syrup and broken a candy thermometer, and I’m here to tell you it’s no fun.

This recipe for fudge gives the same, delicious result but without all the fuss. All you need are 3 ingredients, a microwaveable bowl, an 8×8-inch pan, and a microwave. You do still have the waiting period to allow the fudge to set, but once you taste the final product, you won’t be sorry you waited.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:2 hours 10 minutes
  • Servings:36
  • Easy


  • 3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 24 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Photo by Meg Josephson
  • Step 1

    Line an 8×8-in. pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with up to 16 whole peanut butter cups in a single layer; set aside.

    Photo by Meg Josephson
  • Step 2

    In a microwave-safe bowl, stir the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted and smooth.

    Photo by Meg Josephson
  • Step 3

    Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter cups in the pan and smooth the top.

    Photo by Meg Josephson
  • Step 4

    Chop up the remaining peanut butter cups and press into the top.

    Photo by Meg Josephson
  • Step 5

    Allow the fudge to reach room temperature (about 1 hour), before placing in the refrigerator to cool completely until solid. Remove the fudge from the pan using the aluminum foil and cut into 36 bars.

    Photo by Katherine O'Malley