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Feb 11

Amaretto Fudge

Do you love Chocolate Fudge for Valentine’s Day? (Or anytime?) Add some Amaretto Liquor to an easy fudge recipe and you have a sweet treat with a hint of almond!

amaretto fudge

Last night on Facebook I posted the question: red velvet or fudge? I have both posts in the queue ready to go…and wasn’t sure which one to do first. Fudge won, with 63% of the vote! But, don’t worry, all you red velvet voters…I’ve got you covered tomorrow night!

This Amaretto Fudge wasn’t my idea. Last month, during a giveaway, I asked what you would like to see from me this year. A reader named Leslie suggested Amaretto Fudge, and the second I saw those words it, I knew I had to make it.

You see, I love almonds and anything remotely almond flavored. So, even though I’d never had straight amaretto, I love it in stuff. The flavor is much like almond extract, only better. Well, what I would assume almond extract tasted like if I ever drank it. (I don’t suggest that!)

It just so happened that last week was my mother-in-law’s birthday, and she loves fudge. So…it was kismet! I had to make Amaretto Fudge!

amaretto fudge

This fudge is so simple to make. I love cooked fudge, but I love easy fudge more. Probably because I don’t need a recipe to make it. I also don’t need a gazillion ingredients or a candy thermometer. It’s sweetened condensed milk mixed with milk chocolate chips. After they melt together, you add in vanilla extract and two ounces of Amaretto liquor. The extra liquid makes this extra soft and fudgy. I added some toasted almonds on top, to add some crunch and for an extra almond kick. The taste isn’t overly consumed with the Amaretto; really it hits you as a finishing note, much like the real thing. It’s amazing!

{If you don’t drink alcohol, you can totally use almond extract in this. I would ditch the Amaretto and use a teaspoon of almond extract in it’s place. Or, if you do drink alcohol but don’t like almond, maybe sub in Kahlua. Or Bailey’s!}

I really, really liked how the extra liquid from the liquor made the fudge super smooth and creamy. Sometimes easy fudge is a little too hard for me, but with the extra liquid it’s amazing, and definitely something I’m going to think about next time I make fudge, boozy or not!

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Now, when I make fudge, I feel like I need four sets of hands. Is anyone else with me on this? You have the perfectly melted consistency of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, and then you have to keep stirring, remove from the heat, and then measure and add in your liquids before the fudge hardens (no small feat in a cold house in winter). But, I have found an answer to the “try not to spill vanilla all over my counter as I miss the tablespoon” woes.

These OXO Good Grips Mini Beakers are my favorite new kitchen tool. Have you seen these? They are so cute! Little beakers that have measurements on them from 1/4 teaspoon up to 2 tablespoons. There are also mL markings and ounces too, for easy measuring. These are perfect for when you need to measure liquid ahead of time, like in the case of time-sensitive fudge making. I measured out my amaretto and my vanilla before starting to heat my chocolate and then just poured them in when it was time. No spills on the counter, no amaretto all over my stovetop. Easy peasy!

amaretto fudge

Well, fudge voters, I hope I satisfied you with this chocolatey good Amaretto Fudge. Make this for your sweetie on Thursday; it’s the perfect adult’s only treat for Valentine’s Day!

Amaretto Fudge

Yield: 36 pieces

Easy chocolate fudge infused with the amazing almond flavor of Amaretto!


Ingredients:


  • 3 cups chocolate chips

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto Liquor (see note)

  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds


Directions:


  1. Line a 9x9” or an 8x8” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  2. Add chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a medium saucepan. Place over low heat (keep it low!!) and heat until melted, stirring occasionally (more as they melt together). Once the chocolate chips are completely melted, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and Amaretto. Spread quickly in prepared pan. Immediately sprinkle with almonds. Set at room temperature until cool, and then chill until hardened.


If you don't drink liquor, you can substitute 1 teaspoon almond extract for the Amaretto. Or, try a different flavor liquor for a different kind of fudge!


To toast almonds, place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for just a few minutes, stirring occasionally. DO NOT leave the room or they will burn!


Amaretto Fudge

If you like fudge, check these out:

Cookies ‘n Birthday Cake Fudge (using Birthday Cake Oreos!)

Birthday Cake Oreo Fudge

Butterfinger Fudge

butterfinger fudge 2 words

Sweets from friends:
White Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge by Something Swanky
Kahlua Peanut Butter Fudge by Half Baked Harvest
Fluffernutter Fudge by The Domestic Rebel

OXO sent me the Mini Beakers to try and review. All opinions are 100% my own.