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Food To Make In Your Dorm: Fudge Edition

Have you ever returned to your dorm room after a long day of classes only to find that you have an insatiable craving for peanut butter fudge? If you said no, then we both know you’re lying, but it’s alright because I’m going to give you the solution anyway — microwaveable fudge! That you can make in your dorm! That only has four ingredients! That takes less than 10 minutes!

During this time every year I go in to some sort of cooking withdrawal, so I scour the Internet and Stumbleupon for various unhealthy sugary treats that I can put into my body. The best (saddest) thing about living in a dorm is that it cuts down on my baking considerably, which makes me an overall healthier person. That is, until I found this peanut butter fudge recipe. It’s one of my favorites—and it’s so easy I even made it in my bed (#YOLO).

To create instant fudge gratification YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter (plus a little more for greasing the pan)
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (which means leftovers for when you’re waiting for the fudge to set)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (which is optional because I do realize we are in college)
  • 1 lb powdered sugar (about 3 ¾ cups)
  • 1 cheap-ass 8×8 disposable tin (or one of the plastic shelves from your roommates food drawer)

That’s it! And if for some reason you’re not a freak like me and don’t have measuring cups in your dorm, you can guesstimate with a red solo cup. (This recipe is so flexible that it’s okay not to be precise.)

After you have gathered your ingredients from Sisu and/or that annoying guy from across the hall:

1. Put the butter and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. (Warning: Make sure you put a plate or something over it because butter splatters like hell in the microwave.)

2. Take it out and stir. Heat for another 2 minutes.

3. Take out your peanut butter/butter concoction being wary that it is now the temperature (roughly) of the surface of the sun.

4. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and stir to combine. At this point, it will start to form a thick paste.

5. When all the ingredients are incorporated it will look like this…



6. After you’ve finished sneaking a spoonful, dump your mixture into your pre-greased pan/drawer.

7. The recipe says to wait for 2 hours for the fudge to cool, but you and I both know that’s bullshit. To speed up the process, you can put the pan in your mini-fridge, or just eat it warm like my roommate and I did.

8. This is what your finished product should look like. I added chocolate chips because there is never a time when adding chocolate chips is not okay.


Hopefully this will help you with your after school fudge cravings, and really impress those wasted frat boys at your next party.

Also, special thanks to Alton Brown and the Food Network for helping me gain several pounds in just a few short days. You can view the original peanut butter fudge recipe here.

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About the Author

Catie Simpson

Catie is a junior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She's also the resident townie and culinary enthusiast due to a brief stint at the CIA (the culinary school not the secret government agency). She currently works at a Baby Temperament Lab on campus where she tries to get babies to do dangerous things. She's also on the twitter.

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