We are currently five days from Christmas, and I’ve been racking my brain trying to put our Christmas menu together. Our family isn’t traveling anywhere this holiday season so it will just be my husband and I, and our two girls. My family back home, however, is huge and always seems to have the best spread when it comes to all the Christmas fixin’s. Turkey and ribs. Green beans and corn. Rolls. Anything you can imagine, really. And then, of course, the desserts. Pies. Cakes. Cookies. Rice Krispy treats. Cobblers. Brownies. And fudge.
Oh, the fudge. It may have been my favorite.
I had never made fudge before. To be honest, I had never even thought about how it was made before now. But as I was going through all of my Grandma’s handwritten recipes, I stumbled upon her recipe for fudge and it immediately took me back to my childhood. I can still remember how her house smelled when she would make it.
My house smelled the same way tonight as I was making it, too.
This recipe was super simple, and that made me a little nervous at first because as I was reading it, it looked, well, too easy. I thought I was missing half of it. It was only a few steps.
Turns out, it really IS that easy. As a matter of fact, it’s so easy that I pulled it off with a baby on my hip…
Not only was it really that easy, it also turned out really, REALLY good. I was actually making this batch for our mailman, but I couldn’t keep my husband and daughter out of it, so I’ll be making more tomorrow.
I don’t have a lot of extra tips for this recipe, because it is pretty self explanatory. However, I will tell you, make sure to sift the crap out of the powdered sugar. If there are any powdered sugar clumps in your fudge batter, they will not work themselves out and they will be exactly that…little clumps of powdered sugar…right in the middle of your fudge. So sift like you’ve never sifted before.
This fudge also doesn’t take long to harden, so you don’t have to plan very far in advance if you want to make it. I think it took me a total of 15-20 minutes to mix all the ingredients and an hour later, it was hard enough to take out of the dish. Quick, easy, and painless. My kind of holiday recipe.
Not only did my husband and I wait until the very last minute before buying any gifts this year, I didn’t even think of a gift for our mailman until a few days ago. Luckily, this fudge recipe was so quick and easy, that I’ll be able to whip up a couple of batches if I need to for last minute gifts.
Leave it to my sweet grandma to save my butt with one of her recipes, even after she is no longer here.
I miss her everyday.
Not matter what dishes make their way on your menu this holiday season, may they be cooked with love, and enjoyed with a full, thankful heart.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours. XO
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup Carnation evaporated milk
- 1/2 butter (one stick)
- 1 TSP vanilla
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cups nuts (optional)
- Sift powdered sugar into a large (microwave safe) mixing bowl.
- Make a hole in the middle of the sugar and add dry cocoa, evaporated milk, and stick of butter.
- Put bowl in the microwave for three minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Remove and stir.
- Add vanilla, marshmallows, and nuts. Beat until smooth.
- Pour into buttered (or parchment paper lined) 8X8 dish.
- Let harden for one hour before cutting into squares.
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This recipe, and any other recipe I ever post, will always be dedicated to the memory of my Mamaw June.