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Winterfresh 2010 Fudge

This year, make this delicious Winterfresh fudge. Make the holidays in 2010 memorable by making this easy dessert for your family. You could make a real event out of cooking this treat by having the whole family participate. Family cooking is so important, especially during the holidays. Just turn on some Christmas music, and enjoy cooking. This is a decadent fudge filled with creamy mint filling. It is topped with a chocolate mint frosting and garnished with candy canes. Every year, my family purchases fudge when we go to the mountains from the cutest little quaint shop. It just isn’t the holidays for us without getting some fudge. Well, this year I am going to make my own Christmas fudge. This recipe is very easy, and sure to impress even my family of picky eaters.

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse.

Winterfresh Fudge Recipe

Ingredients:

Brownies:
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
1 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini dark chocolate morsels

Mint Filling:
2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon mint extract
2 drops green food coloring

Frosting:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon mint extract
1 tablespoon milk, plus more to thin
8 candy canes, crushed, for garnish

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter together over low heat, stirring constantly. Let cool. In your stand mixer, combine the chocolate and butter mixture, sugar, vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Mix in flour and salt and beat for 30 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips.

2. For the mint filling, beat the cream cheese in the stand mixer or with a hand held until it is smooth. Add sugar, eggs and mint extract. Beat until it is well incorporated. Add food coloring, and mix well again.

3. Pour half of the brownie mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Pour in the filling and spread evenly. Pour in the other half of the brownie batter on top. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until sides start to pull apart and brownies pass the toothpick test. Let cool.

4. For the frosting, beat butter with an electric mixer until smooth. Add sugar and melted chocolate butter and beat until well incorporated. Add mint extract and enough milk to get frosting to your desired consistency. Spread frosting over brownies and garnish with broken candy canes.

Photo Credit: flickr.com/oh_darling

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