Favorite Fudge Recipe (Cocoa Powder Fudge)
A few years ago, I realized that candy was one area of cooking I had very little experience with. In particular, fudge seemed like a kind of magical food which appeared at sweets shops. So, I set forth to learn how, and after about 2 years of trial and error, I have created a fudge recipe I like.
- ¼ C Butter
- 1 C Sugar
- ¼ C Cocoa Powder
- 1/3 C Milk
- 1 Tbs Light Corn Syrup/Honey
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 1/3-½ C of Crushed/Chopped Nuts(optional)
- 1-2 C Powdered Sugar
Level of difficulty Difficult
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 12mins
Cost Average budget
Melt butter slowly in microwave just until completely liquid
Meanwhile, mix sugar and cocoa powder in a sauce pot
Add milk, honey and butter and mix until homogenous
Heat mixture on stove over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 234° F, then remove from heat immediately.
Let cool until warm, but not scalding to the touch. It is very(!) important that you do not disturb the fudge during the cooling stage, as this will break up the sugar crystals and make your fudge grainy
Stir in vanilla and nuts
Mix in powdered sugar gradually until mixture resembles warm cookie dough in texture (The exact amount of powdered sugar needed varies depending on climate/weather, so just watch the consistency as you mix. If it is too thin/liquid, add more. If too stiff, you've added a bit too much)
Pour in buttered cake pan and mold with your fingers until it smoothly covers the whole of the pan
Chill in refrigerator until whole pan is refrigerator temperature (about 45 minutes)
1 Honey is slightly less consistent in texture, but has a much better flavor. I prefer honey
Other Flavor Options
Butterscotch: Leave out cocoa powder and substitute brown sugar for white
Vanilla:Leave out cocoa powder and add 1-2 Tbs vanilla instead of amount listed
Peppermint Chocolate: Substitute ½ tsp of peppermint extract for vanilla
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Chef Tips and Tricks
These salted caramel thumbprint cookies are easy to make and super delicious!
- 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
- 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
- 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup / 150g of flour
- 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
- Salted caramel
- Melted dark chocolate
In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.
Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.
Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.
Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.
Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.