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Espresso Fudge

Yield 2 pounds
Espresso granules have abundant flavor that mellows with hazelnuts and chocolate cookie crumbs. This recipe is so rich you'll want to cut it into tiny squares.

Ingredients

  • 15 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/4 cup instant espresso granules, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 8 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating, chopped
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Position knife blade in food processor bowl. Add cookies and 2 tablespoons espresso granules; process until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Set aside.

  2. Line a 13" x 9" x 2" pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil, allowing foil to extend 1" beyond ends of pan. Butter the foil and set aside.

  3. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons espresso granules, sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and milk in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until sugar and espresso granules dissolve, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches soft ball stage or candy thermometer registers 234°. Remove from heat.

  4. Add candy coating and marshmallow cream, stirring until candy coating melts. Stir in hazelnuts and vanilla. Gently fold in reserved cookie crumb mixture, creating a speckled effect.

  5. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Let cool completely. Carefully lift foil out of pan. Cut fudge into small squares.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995