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Peppermint Fudge

Three of the season's best flavors-nuts, chocolate and peppermint-combine in a delightful manner in this scrumptious fudge. The two distinct layers are eye-catching-another reason why this candy makes a great holiday gift. —Connie Denmark, St. Joseph, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1-1/4 pounds (32 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • PEPPERMINT LAYER:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy

Directions

  • Line the bottom and sides of an 8x4-in. loaf pan with foil. Grease foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared pan. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • For peppermint layer, beat cream cheese in a small bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract until smooth. Stir in peppermint candy. Spread evenly over chocolate layer. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Using foil, lift fudge from pan. Gently peel off foil. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 83 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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