Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Microwave Fudge

I have a 3-ring notebook that I keep all my recipes in that I have printed out or torn out of magazines.  When        going through it the other day, pulling out my holiday recipes, I found one that I had forgotten all about.  It was for microwave fudge.  It is a small little recipe cut out of a newspaper, and taped to an index card.  I have no idea how old this recipe is or where exactly it came from, but I decided to let my middle daughter make it.  She was excited because she could make it all by herself.  I was excited because it was chocolate. And she could make it all by herself.  I have microwave fudge many years ago, and I remembered it was pretty darn tasty.  It is reminiscent of old-fashioned fudge, without all the work!
We left half plain, and covered half with crushed peppermint. 
It would have been nice to give as gifts.  
But we ate it all. oopsies.

Microwave Fudge

3 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa (we used Hershey's Dark)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 T. vanilla
1/2 cup nuts (we omitted)

Mix powdered sugar and cocoa in a medium size microwaveable bowl.  
Add milk and butter and microwave on high (full power) until butter is melted, approx 2-3 minutes. 
Stir until smooth.
Blend in vanilla and nuts, if using.
Spread in a buttered 8 inch square pan.
Let cool and cut into squares.

This is a firm, sugar-y based fudge, not a creamy, marshmallow fudge.  It is very rich/sweet, so you will want to cut it into small pieces. The 8 inch pan yields pieces about 1 inch thick, so you could use a larger pan if you want thinner pieces of fudge.  My kids crushed this fudge in record time!  It's a great recipe for kids, b/c everything is done in one bowl, in the microwave!  It is also great for when you need something last minute and are short on time.  It takes about 5 minutes to make, and you could cool it in the freezer/fridge pretty quickly.  During this busy time of year, we all need a little recipe like this in our arsenal!  It is also egg free, nut free (nuts are optional), and I feel like could be dairy free by using almond/soy milk and coconut oil or a dairy free margarine. I haven't tried this, so let me know if you do!

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  1. I love it! My girls could do this totally on their own when they come home saying the need something to give as a gift (for the umpteenth time).

    1. I hear ya! My girls are doing the same thing!

  2. Looks delicious and easy. Pinning!

  3. While my hubs and I prefer brownies, every once in a while I get a jones for fudge - a little of that goes a long way.

    your daughter did a great job!



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