First and foremost, I must say a HUGE thank you to my sweet friend Robyn for keeping the seats warm at CafeTerraBlog! Her Mini Chocolate Cup Hazelnut Cheesecake Bites look soooooo good!
The last few weeks have been so crazy, and filled with work, traveling, and special time with my family. The million dollar question all week has been, “are you ready for Christmas?” My answer is always a big NO! With the time away for my family, and jamming out work for the end of the year. Really who has time to shop….EEKKKK!! I can honestly say, I am so looking forward to a few days off during the holidays.
Now, since I was home last weekend in Michigan. I was able to catch my Mom making a few of her many cookies and bars she so loves to make! Just wait till you see my last picture, then you will understand how much she loves to bake!
My Mom has been making this fudge recipe for as long as I can remember. I know most people are used to a smooth texture fudge, but for my family we prefer a grainy, sugary texture. We love this recipe so much, my Dad, Sister, and myself will fight over the last
piece crumb. I even found my Dad using a knife and scraping out the inside of the pan…..no crumb left behind right?
Now this is not my Mom’s personal recipe, she uses a lovely Hershey’s recipe. However, in my opinion…..it is totally her recipe with all the love that goes into every piece! Well lots of love, blood, sweat, and tears too. Like any candy recipe that requires a candy thermometer, you never know if the pan of chocolate love will turn into delicious fudge. My Mom has dealt with the fudge recipe not setting up so many times over the years, but she never gives up. I believe because she knows how much we love her fudge, and look forward to it every year!
Here is a picture that shows the texture of the fudge. I keep my fudge that my Mom sends me every year in the refrigerator, it will keep longer. Now of course this recipe is perfect for any holiday. I mean really, who doesn’t love a chocolatey happy treat?
Butter 8 or 9 inch square pan, set aside.
Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in heavy 4-quart saucepan, stir in milk.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full rolling boil.
Boil, without stirring, to 234 degrees Fahrenheit (soft-ball stage) or until syrup, when dropped into very cold water, forms a soft ball which flattens on removal from water. (Bulb of candy thermometer should not rest on bottom of saucepan.)
Remove from heat, add butter or margarine and vanilla, DO NOT STIR.
Cool at room temperature to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (lukewarm,) beat until fudge thickens and loses some of its gloss.
Quickly spread in prepared pan, cool.
Cut into squares, about 3 dozen squares.
NOW I know your plate would like more than just some delicious fudge! How about 30 more different cookies, and some fruit cake?
My Mom has been making a boat load of cookies during the holiday season for so long. There are friends and family members that look forward to the sweet treats! We all have our favorite, but all in all, every single one is DELICIOUS! Want to know why they are so delicious? Because each one is made with LOTS of LOVE!!!
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!