These decadent morsels of cinnamon fudge are all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season. These bite-sized pieces melt in your mouth and are the perfect item for edible gifts for your friends. I first got the idea from Giada’s TV show on Food Network and then tested the recipe on both my friends at church and my husband’s coworkers. Since I got raving reviews each time, I decided the recipe was a keeper and perfect for sharing during Christmas! Let me show you how easy and inexpensive it can be to make your friends and neighbors an irresistible gift:
Start with 3 tablespoons of room-temperature butter cut into small pieces. Place it into a medium sized glass bowl.
Now pour in a can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
*Just a side note, I used non-fat sweetened condensed milk to make this one time and it tasted just as good as the regular version.*
Now for the good stuff! Pull out a bag of bittersweet dark chocolate morsels. You will need about 2 cups total. Find a bag that advertises more than 60% cacao in the morsels because this will give the cinnamon fudge that deep, chocolatey flavor. Ghiradelli is always an option, but I was able to find Kroger’s store brand and that worked just as well for half the price.
Pour the chocolate into the bowl and then slowly heat the contents via steam from a sauce pan on your stove. You want to heat the cinnamon fudge slowly and thoroughly and steam does that best. If you put the fudge directly into a pot, it can often burn.
Use a sturdy spatula to steadily move the cinnamon fudge. Heat it over the water until the fudge is smooth and easily spread by the spatula.
Pour the cinnamon fudge into a 8×8 glass pan that is lined with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray and then pour the fudge on top, leaving some of the parchment paper hanging out. Using the spatula, smooth the top of the cinnamon fudge and press it into the corners of the pan. Sprinkle Kosher salt on top and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
When you’re ready to serve, simply pull out the cinnamon fudge using the parchment paper handles and then cut the block into bite-sized pieces.
How fun would it be to package these up in cute little boxes with ribbons and give out to all your friends over the holidays? A colorful tin full of these beauties will definitely spread Christmas cheer! For more edible gift ideas, check out my Peanut Butter M&M Bars and Almond Joy Cookies. There are also a bunch of desserts listed on the Recipe Index. Happy cooking y’all!
- 3 Tbsp butter, cubed and at room temperature
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 bag (or about 2 cups) dark chocolate bittersweet morsels, preferably 62% cocao
- Kosher salt
- Heat the first five ingredients in a medium sized glass bowl over a steaming sauce pan.
- Use a heavy spatula to continually mix the fudge until smooth.
- Pour the fudge into a 9x9 glass pan lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.
- Spread fudge evenly in the pan, pushing into the corners.
- Sprinkle with Kosher salt.
- Cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Use parchment paper to pull out the cooled fudge block and cut into bite-sized pieces.