12/13/16

Traditions + My favorite fudge recipe

I have shared a couple of classic cookie recipes with you that my family has enjoyed at Christmastime for many years. Traditions that are time-honored and are incredibly nostalgic for me this time of year.

I love tradition.

I love that they remind of us of those we may have lost. Memories that we cherish. Moments that have been lost in time that we can recall and smile. And, along with keeping the traditions that have been passed along to me, several years ago, I started my own holiday tradition.

Fudge making.

And so, for the last 6 years, every December, I have made classic Chocolate Fudge with toasted pecans for my coworkers. They start asking about the fudge by end of October, ensuring that it is still on my holiday to-do list in early to mid December.

And, of course, it is.

I use a classic, old-time recipe for Chocolate Cheese Fudge. And yes, I know what you are thinking… Cheese?!? No one can believe how delicious and insanely creamy this homemade fudge is, and furthermore, no one can guess what secret ingredient makes it so… Velveeta! So, before you judge this recipe, whip up a batch of this Chocolate Cheese Fudge for yourself and share with the ones you love. Or enjoy a plate of it all for yourself.

No judgement.

It’s the holiday season after all and they don’t call it “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing!

Chocolate Cheese Fudge 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound of Velveeta Cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped & toasted pecans (walnuts are also a great alternative)
  • 2 boxes Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/2 heaping cup Unsweetened Cocoa powder

Directions:

Spray lightly the bottom of a 9 by 2-inch square pan with a nonstick spray. You won’t need too much, there is plenty of delicious butter in the fudge itself.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the cheese and butter together, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and nuts.Stir to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa until thoroughly blended and light.

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This was just one box of powdered sugar of many. Very, very many.

Pour the cheese mixture into the sugar and cocoa mixture and stir until completely mixed. The candy will be very stiff.

Using your hands, remove candy from bowl and press evenly and firmly into pan.

Because of the amount of butter in this recipe, pat the top of the candy with a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Place pan in refrigerator until candy is firm.
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To serve candy, cut into blocks or squares. Airtight and wrapped up ready for distribution.

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For personalized gifts, I cut into 4 equal, large squares (if using a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan), wrap in cling wrap, and tie with a beautiful bow, a gift tag, or even a tree ornament for extra flourish.

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They look absolutely irresistible, if you ask me! Who wouldn’t love that as a Christmas gift?

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The perfect gifts are always when you give of yourself. Homemade gifts are thoughtful, warm, and comforting.

xoxo…

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