Chocolate, mint chocolate, brownie batter, cherry cordial and toffee bar chocolate fudge easily made in your microwave!
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A few weeks ago, my daughter wanted something chocolate, but we were out of chocolate in our house. Sad state of affairs that it was, we decided to try a chocolate microwave fudge recipe. It turned out so well that we’ve made it multiple times since then.
And my daughter, unlike me, likes to experiment with recipes. I tend to follow the recipe to the letter and change very little about it. But, my daughter did some experimenting and I’m so glad she did. We ended up with an easy microwave fudge recipe that you can make four different ways. It’s so easy and delicious. All of it starts with the basic chocolate fudge.
Microwave chocolate fudge recipe
Prep your 8×8-inch baking dish. We usually use our glass baking dish for this recipe because it’s dishwasher safe. If your pan is a non-stick dish, you don’t need to do anything to it. Otherwise, give your pan a light coating of non-stick cooking spray to keep the fudge from sticking.
Set your dish aside and in a microwave-safe bowl, mix together 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2-cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of milk and 1 stick of butter cut into small pieces. We found out that Crisco shortening also works for this recipe in a pinch, which is why the “butter” in this photo looks so white!
Microwave the mixture for 2 to 4 minutes until the butter is melted. It should look something like this:
Next, stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Pour the fudge into your prepared baking dish.
Let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour or speed up the process by using the freezer for about 15 minutes. Once it is set, it’s ready to cut and serve. It doesn’t have to be chilled again.
Microwave mint chocolate fudge recipe
The first variation on this microwave fudge recipe is mint, because nothing goes together better than mint and chocolate (in my opinion!).
All you do is switch out the vanilla for 1 teaspoon of mint extract. Note that it is half the amount of vanilla, because mint is a stronger flavor.
Brownie batter fudge recipe
Again, after microwaving is when you make a simple switch for the brownie batter fudge recipe. This was the first variation my daughter made, and I loved it. For the brownie batter fudge, add the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extra PLUS 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup (like the kind you put over ice cream).
Cherry cordial fudge recipe
This was the newest concoction and, dare I say, my absolute favorite. Even my parents, who don’t particularly like chocolate, loved this version. My husband, who is a particular eater loved it as well. It truly tastes like a cherry cordial (aka chocolate-covered cherry).
After microwaving your ingredients, stir in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons of cherry juice. We used juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.
Toffee bar chocolate fudge recipe
This is one of the easiest variations to make. I had some toffee bits left from making my chewy toffee cookies, so my daughter decided to use them with fudge. She topped the original chocolate fudge with them and applied them liberally. It gave the fudge a bit of a crunch with the toffee flavor and was delicious. You might think of your favorite chocolate and toffee candy bar while you eat it — I did!
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 stick of butter, margarine or shortening, cut into pieces
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Prepare an 8x8 baking dish. If it is NOT a non-stick dish, cover it with a light layer of non-stick cooking spray.
- Put the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk and butter pieces in a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave the ingredients for 2 to 4 minutes, checking on it every so often. Once the butter is melted well, remove the bowl from the microwave, add in the vanilla extract and stir it all together until smooth.
- Put the mixture in your prepared pan.
- Chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour or in the freezer for about 15 minutes until set and firm.
- You can vary the recipe after it has melted in the microwave before adding the vanilla extract by using a few different ingredients.
- For mint chocolate fudge, omit the vanilla extract and use 1 teaspoon of mint extract. (Mint is a stronger flavor than vanilla, so it only needs half the amount.)
- For brownie batter fudge, add in 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup in addition to the vanilla.
- For cherry cordial fudge, add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons of cherry juice. (We use juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.)
- For toffee bar chocolate fudge, mix the fudge as described and then top liberally with toffee bits.