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Sugar Plum Chocolates' Holiday Treats - December 9th, 2013

Neil Edley from Sugar Plum Chocolates in Forty Fort is making something sweet!
Neil Edley from Sugar Plum Chocolates in Forty Fort is making something sweet!

Fireside Cookies:
In a medium saucepan, melt together:
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
12 oz. chopped semisweet chocolate (bars)
Stir frequently over medium heat until smooth. Let cool for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Using an electric mixer, beat together:
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Beat on low speed until smooth, 2 minutes. Mix in the cooled chocolate mixture just until blended. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing on low speed until just combined. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange about 16 balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly. Bake until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut 7.5 ounces of semisweet chocolate (bars) into 1-inch squares. Snip 8 marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.
Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Bake until the marshmallows are just softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes.
Grate 5 ounces of semisweet chocolate over the hot cookies. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the racks and let cool. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, marshmallows and chocolate. Bake each batch on a clean sheet of parchment paper.

Cookies and Cream Fudge
In a medium saucepan, combine:
1 stick salted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, stirring so the mixture is smooth and does not burn. Boil for 4 minutes, stirring constantly, and remove the pan from the heat.
Add:
7-oz. container marshmallow creme
11-oz. bag white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon almond extract
Stir until the mixture is smooth.
Fold in 2/3 of the chopped cookies (you will need the other 1/3 in a bit, so don't eat them!).
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and top with the remaining cookie pieces.
Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill for 4 to 6 hours, or until the fudge is completely set.
Holding onto the foil, remove the block of fudge from the pan and place it onto a flat surface. The foil will easily peel off the fudge on the sides and bottom
Place the fudge onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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