Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Peppermint Fudge

With just a few ingredients and a few minutes you can make this delicious Peppermint Fudge! I came across the original recipe in one of those holiday baking booklets you find near the checkout at the grocery store and doctored it up to be even better.

Peppermint Fudge

1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate baking chips
1 container vanilla frosting
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
8-10 drops red food coloring
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

Line a medium baking dish with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray (medium baking dish = 7"x11" or 8"x8"). Begin melting white chips over a double boiler. Stir occasionally until all are melted and mixed smooth. While the chocolate is melting get out some of your frustration by crushing candy canes to equal a half cup. You can do this by pounding a rolling pin over a baggie of candy canes, or with a hand food chopper (like the one by Pampered Chef). I don't recommend doing this while the rest of the house is sleeping, or in a mini food processor (1. the fam wakes up and wants to know what all the pounding is. 2. it makes a terrible racket and will dull the blades of the food processor).
Once the white chocolate chips are melted remove the double boiler from the heat and stir in the container of frosting. Add food coloring and extract and stir very well. Fold in crushed candy canes. Spread in prepared baking dish and place in refrigerator to chill. Once chilled remove from baking dish by lifting the foil. Cut into very small squares. Eat any squares that are mis-shapen or have crumbs falling off.

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