Peanut butter cup fudge

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 6:00 am

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are by far my favorite of the whole year, and I doubt I’m alone.

But I feel just a teeny, tiny bit cheated because by my calculations, Thanksgiving fell as late as it possibly could this year, meaning I’m robbed of a few extra days of holiday cheer.

To be honest, I start celebrating the joy of the season pretty early. I’m not a Thanksgiving purist, meaning I sort of jump right from Halloween to Christmas, with a quick pit stop for some turkey on the way.

But I try to hide my Christmas lights under a basket until after Thanksgiving, when it’s a little more socially acceptable to wear ugly Christmas sweaters and jingle bell jewelry.

Up ‘til now, I’ve tried to reserve my holiday music for solo car trips and I haven’t treated myself to our family’s favorite holiday movies. (Except for Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies, which have been airing since October. Those people just get me, you know?)

But I have been testing the holiday waters with some yuletide goodies, mostly because I was on the hunt for some easier recipes this year.

I recently received a note from a Banner subscriber out west; this subscriber enjoys reading my food columns but doesn’t make recipes that use more than five ingredients.

That tactic seems especially prudent in an abbreviated holiday season when Christmas is already less than a month away; the joy of the season sometimes gets a bit tempered by busy calendars and long to-do (and shopping) lists, so I think it’s important to save time where possible while still enjoying our holiday traditions.

I’m not going to cut back on my Christmas joy, but I might pare down my to-do list – doing a little less decorating so I can snuggle on the couch and watch movies with my kiddo, for example, or finding some quicker, easier recipes for my yuletide goodie trays.

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to try it for my fudge- and peanut butter-loving family.

It’s perfect for a busy holiday season because the fudge is so rich and peanut buttery, yet extremely quick and easy.

And with just three ingredients, you’ll have plenty of time left over to deck the halls AND cuddle up on the couch.

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