Dessert is a big deal in the Thorpe house. Each week I make a yummy dessert or two, so we’ll have plenty of sweetness to enjoy before we head to bed. Dessert isn’t particularly fancy, but rather something basic like this Old Fashioned Butter Cake (the best butter cake recipe on Earth by the way!), Peach Dump Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Key Lime Cake (one of hubby’s favorites).
This week’s dessert is simple one that uses common ingredients and puts leftover Easter candy to good use. In addition, this is a recipe that children, under adult supervision, can help make. My 10 year old is able to measure out the dry ingredients while my 8 year old watches over the butter as it melts. Even Baby Girl, my three year old, is able to help by sifting powdered sugar.
M&M fudge is rich, chocolate laden, and highly addictive. It’s the kind of dessert that chocolate lovers like me *might* make on the sneak and hide under the asparagus in the refrigerator crisper drawer. If you can wait the two to three hours it takes for the fudge to set, you’ll be able to enjoy a delightful after dinner treat. Now, on to the recipe…
½ cup butter (1 stick)
3½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
½ cup cocoa powder
1 big pinch of salt
¼ cup milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups M&Ms
Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray with a nonstick baking spray. (You could butter the pan instead.) In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and then add milk and vanilla extract.
Stir the melted butter mixture into sugar mixture and whisk until smooth and well blended. Spoon the mixture into the pan and use a spatula to spread it out into a smooth even layer. Sprinkle the M&Ms over the top of the chocolate mixture and use a spatula to press them into the chocolate. Cover the pan with a sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until very firm.
To serve the fudge, remove the fudge from the foil pan. Cut it into squares of desired sized. Store any leftovers (God bless you if you have any!), in a sealed container and place inside the refrigerator.
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