Strawberry Chocolate Fudge

Strawberry chocolate fudge is creamy and smooth, with a touch of fruity flavor. Serve it at your next holiday party, or send your guests home with a goody bag of fudge!

Strawberry chocolate fudge // Savvy Eats

In my mind, Christmas and the first part of December are for cookies. I love the holiday cookies, don’t get me wrong. We usually bake six to eight varieties in a wide variety of flavors, from caramel-tinged Russian tea cake cookies to fruity raspberry almond spritz cookiesto decadent chocolate coconut cookies, and hand them out to family, friends and coworkers. But after the 25th of December, I usually need a bit of a cookie break.

However, I also host an annual cocktails and board games New Years’ Eve party, and you can’t have a holiday party without treats! Cookies are out, and since we’re playing board games, dessert that requires a fork and a plate aren’t usually the best choice either. We need to keep our hands free for moving pieces and collecting cards! Enter homemade candy.

Strawberry Chocolate Fudge on savvyeat.com

This holiday season, I’ve been playing around with different strawberry chocolate fudge recipes. I’ve tried the ones that call for mini marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, or any other ingredients meant to make the process easier. But the winner by far was the traditional fudge recipe – the one requiring a candy thermometer, some patience and a whole lot of stirring with a wooden spoon.

The resulting fudge is nice and creamy, with no grittiness in sight. It is decadent and rich, with a firm and smooth texture when you bite into it. And the addition of strawberry jam gives it a fruity flavor with a little more depth than you’d find in a plain chocolate fudge. The traditional way of making fudge is definitely worth the extra work and time.

Make this strawberry chocolate fudge a few days before your last holiday party (it will save you some prep time on party day if the dessert is already done) and wow your guests as you ring in the new year with a fruity chocolate treat.

This post was originally published on Food Fanatic.

23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves

It’s cookie baking time! My sister is coming over tomorrow for a day of baking, tree decorating and board games. i.e.: My perfect December day. And you know me – I’m definitely going to be incorporating preserves into some of our cookies. Here are 23 holiday cookie recipes from around the web that put jams, fruit butters and other preserves to good use for a little inspiration:

23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves // Savvy Eats

Almond brittle cookies via The Domestic Front

Apricot kolaches via American Heritage Cooking

Blueberry pecan rugelach via Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Gingerbread linzer cookies via Chocolate Moosey

Grain-free jam thumbprint cookies via With Food + Love

Hazelnut lemon curd cookies via Self Proclaimed Foodie

Jam and sunflower thimbles via Green Kitchen Stories

Jam-filled pecan snowball cookies via Barbara Bakes

Lemon curd sugar cookies

Lemon meringue sandwich cookies via Mind Over Batter

Linzer torte thumbprint cookies via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Peanut butter and jelly cookies via Ari’s Menu

Pimiento cheese cookies via Willow Bird Baking

Pistachio thumbprint cookies with black currant jam via Blogging Over Thyme

Pumpkin butter thumbprint cookies via The Kitchen Prep

Raspberry almond spritz cookies

Raspberry ribbons via Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

Salted marmalade Russian tea cakes

Shortbread sugar cookie bars with strawberry toffee glaze via The Housewife in Training Files

Sparkly apricot rosemary jewels via Spa Bettie

Strawberry lemonade linzer cookies via Neighborfood

Strawberry thumbprint cookies via Cooking on the Front Burners

Tart cherry fudge thumbprints via Running to the Kitchen

Photos from Spa Bettie and Running to the Kitchen.