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Two tasty fudge recipes to sweeten the holidays

Two-Minute Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge and Chocolate Cherry Fudge. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

These fudge recipes will satisfy the sweet tooth of family, friends, and co-workers during the holidays.

Chocolate Cherry Fudge

We combined two of our very favorites sweets, chocolate-covered cherries and homemade chocolate fudge. Feel free to substitute orange, raspberry, or mint extract in place of cherry. Perhaps you enjoy more of a dark chocolate flavor? Use all dark and no milk chocolate chips. Or, vice versa. The great thing about fudge is it is so versatile. Box it up in a cute tin for a gift. Makes 64 pieces.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package (10-12 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • ¹⁄₈ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, chopped, pressed dry (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil. Grease with cooking spray. Chop maraschino cherries. Using paper towels, remove as much liquid as possible from cherries. If cherries are too damp, fudge will not firm.
  2. In heavy saucepan, melt sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips over medium-low heat. Stir in cherry extract and salt. Add white chocolate chips. Stir until melted. If desired, add the chopped and dried maraschino cherries.
  3. Pour mixture into greased, foil-lined pan. Let sit about an hour or until firm. Lift fudge from pan. Remove foil. Cut into squares. Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator.

Two-Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

So quick and easy, and you most likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry for this delicious peanut butter fudge. This microwave fudge recipe is a staff favorite. Makes 64 pieces.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box (16 ounces) powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 big spoonful of peanut butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil. Grease with cooking spray. Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and margarine in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for two minutes.
  2. Add vanilla and peanut butter, stir until combined. Pour into foil-lined, greased pan.
  3. Place in freezer or refrigerator to harden. When firm, lift fudge from pan, cut into squares. Store in air-tight container in refrigerator.

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