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Peppermint Fudge

Three of the season's best flavors-nuts, chocolate and peppermint-combine in a delightful manner in this scrumptious fudge. The two distinct layers are eye-catching-another reason why this candy makes a great holiday gift. —Connie Denmark, St. Joseph, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1-1/4 pounds (32 servings)


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy


  • Line the bottom and sides of an 8x4-in. loaf pan with foil. Grease foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts. Spread into prepared pan. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • For peppermint layer, beat cream cheese in a small bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract until smooth. Stir in peppermint candy. Spread evenly over chocolate layer. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Using foil, lift fudge from pan. Gently peel off foil. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 83 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Crittermom98
    Dec 20, 2014

    I think this is the BEST fudge ever! I've made it numerous times and everyone who tries it LOVES it! I don't understand the complaints about it being to dry, because I have never had a problem!

  • hamhock32
    May 11, 2014

    Really good!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • amazoncook
    Dec 20, 2012

    I too am looking at a bowl of mostly powdered sugar cocoa dust. There is simply not enough "wet" ingredient to bind the powder together. I think the recipe must be missing an ingredient or has a typo for the amount of cream cheese or milk listed.

  • LibbiPeach
    Dec 31, 2011

    I never tasted it as i gave them to my kids for Christmas. That's my chief complaint as this recipe just doesn't seem to make as much fudge as others. Only a loaf pan instead of a 9 in square. I found it rather dry putting together as well. I give it a three however since my kids made no complaints about it.

  • balmerhon
    Dec 28, 2011

    I joined this site just to review this recipe. It is AWFUL. You are basically making thick, oversweet layers of frosting. I doubled the cocoa powder and it still had poor chocolate taste. But worse, it never set properly. I had to throw the lot out. I'm quite skilled in the kitchen and can't figure out what happened and am very curious as to the few good reviews here.

  • flinkydink
    Dec 14, 2011

    I won't make this again. Just sweet, no real flavour. Mixing Dixie, you might've used the recipe for this that I have from the Dec/Jan 2001 issue of TOH. It calls for only 1/2 tsp milk in each layer. Not nearly enough to mix everything together. The recipe shown here has increased the amounts. I ended doing that myself but am still not impressed with this recipe.

  • MixingDixie
    Dec 21, 2010

    I followed this recipe to a T- and ended up with a pan of powdered sugar. I was very upset with the results and the wasted money to make this. I doubled checked numerous times to see if I made an error, and just can't figure out what happened here!!

  • Ragdolly
    Dec 3, 2010

    Amazing!! Used at cookie exchange and everyone wanted recipe! Making it again this year! I sprinkled some candy cane powder on the top too. Tastes just than Junior Mints!! Make them small because they are very rich!! Mmmmm!!!

  • triplemom2
    Nov 23, 2010

    This recipe was so quick and easy but very yummy!

  • evelyn diane
    Dec 26, 2009

    My family loves peppermint to this recipe has been a big hit. We will make it every year as part of our Christmas treats.