After my short little fun experimentation with the wine gummies, These Gummy Bears Are For Adults Only I decided it was to get back to backing cookies and goodies for our church festivities that are coming up tomorrow night. This round of baking was some chocolate raspberry fudge bars. I LOVE the chocolate-raspberry combination. It is one of my favorites, especially with dark or bittersweet chocolate. YUM! These raspberry fudge bites are very messy, but they are rich and decadently delicious too. Maybe it is BECAUSE they are so messy that makes them so good. I’ve always said things taste better when they are messy, and these are most definitely messy. 🙂 I made them much smaller than what they are in the cookbook picture. A little goes a long way because they are so rich.
Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Bites
1 stick or 1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1-1 1/4 cups flour
Combine together in a food processor or mixer until it forms into a ball then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before using.
When ready to use, preheat the oven to 375* F or 190* C and grease an 8″ square pan. Press the dough mixture firmly into the pan with your fingers and bake for about 20 minutes or until it is lightly golden. Let it cool completely before adding the fudge mixture.
The Raspberry Fudge
1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 TBSP powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups dark or bittersweet chocolate chips or chocolate pieces
1 tsp chocolate extract, optional
Combine the cream and the powdered sugar together in a heavy sauce pan and bring to a boil. Immediately pour it over the chocolate chips and add the chocolate extract if using. Mix everything together to make your fudge ganache.
Once everything is well blended, carefully fold in the raspberries.
Carefully pour the chocolate-raspberry ganache over the prepared dough and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until completely set. Then cut into squares and enjoy.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a safe and Happy Holiday season. ‘Til next time.