You had us at eggnog. White chocolate, nutmeg, and a touch of brandy mimic the flavors of holiday nog without the confusion of drinking dessert while you’re waiting for the main course. It comes together in the microwave with just a little bit of stirring and that’s about all the effort it takes to make an addictive sweet treat perfect for gifting. Wrap individual squares of fudge in parchment or waxed paper and tie them with a bit of ribbon for a darling gift for co-workers, teachers, or family or friends.
½ cup (1 stick), plus 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
8 ounces white chocolate chips, finely chopped
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon table salt
¼ cup (2 oz.) brandy
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
½ cup dried sweet cherries, coarsely chopped
How to Make It
Generously grease an 8-inch square baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter.
Place white chocolate, nutmeg, salt, and remaining ½ cup butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; microwave on MEDIUM until melted and smooth, about 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds.
Stir in brandy until incorporated. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, whisking vigorously after each addition. Fold in cherries and transfer mixture to prepared dish, smoothing top. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 2 hours. Let fudge stand at room temperature 30 minutes before cutting into 1½ inch pieces. Layer between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container, and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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