Fudge Quick and Easy

December 27, 2008

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Got a bunch of children hanging around your home this holiday week? Set them to work making fudge. This microwave variety is so easy even a small child can proudly say, ‘I made this!’

1 (1-pound) box confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 stick salted butter, melted (8 tablespoons)
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped raisins or candied fruit

In a microwave-safe dish, stir together the sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Beat with a pastry fork until smooth. Add vanilla and fruit. Pour into a lightly greased 8- x 8-inch pan. Chill until firm.
Makes sixty-four 1-inch squares.


Peanut Butter-Chocolate Fudge

December 22, 2007
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Another child-friendly, no-bake fudge—great for gifts or last-night munching. SAM

8 tablespoons butter, melted (1 stick)
4 large graham crackers, finely crushed
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 1/3 cups unsifted confectioners’ sugar
6 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels

Lightly butter an 8-inch square pan. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, crackers, peanut butter, and sugar. Press into the prepared pan. In the top of a double boiler or in a microwave, melt the chocolate and spread evenly on the peanut butter mixture. Cool in the pan before cutting into 1-inch squares.
Makes 64 1-inch squares.

Adapted from Emily’s cookbook: All-American Comfort Food.