Three- Chocolate Fudge

Christmas season is upon us! Time to bring out all the delicious true and tried recipes to share with family and friends. One day, I was feeling quite in the mood to bake, especially after seeing  some pictures in a Martha Stewart cookbook  of all sorts of  creative, and yummy goodies. I was feeling very inspired, and quickly, decided to get to baking! I was especially delighted when I found this fudge recipe, not only was it super easy, it is also superbly delicious.  I hope you enjoy it too!

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” ~Mother Teresa

Three- Chocolate Fudge

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 32 large marshmallows, halved
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 milk chocolate candy bars (7 oz. each), broken up
  • 2 squares (1 oz. each) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds

Line a 15x10x1″ baking pan with foil and butter the foil lightly; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rapid boil; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in marshmallows until melted. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Add chocolate bars and baking chocolate; stir until melted. Fold in vanilla and pecans; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Chill until firm. remove from the pan and cut into 1-inch squares.

Yield: about 12 dozen pieces

*recipe from the cookbook: “Country Cooking”

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Easy Cheese Ball

http://getvinspired.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/ranch-cheese-ball-12-12-12-10.jpg   A friend of mine made this recipe for a get-together, and we all loved it, so i got her recipe!  It’s great for larger gatherings, and since it’s almost the 4th of July i thought i would share it with you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Cheddar Cheese (grated = 4 cups)
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Ranch Dressing
  • 1 tsp. grated Onion
  • 2 tbsp.  Celery  (chopped fine or diced)
  •   1-2 cups.  Chopped nuts

Directions: Soften Cream Cheese. Then in large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together thoroughly. – form into a ball shape and roll in chopped nuts. Serve with crackers, or veggies!   Keep Refrigerated until ready to serve.   Serves between 8-14 people.

Bon Appètit!

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