Creamy Vanilla Walnut Fudge is this year’s latest addition for your holiday dessert table. Paired with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, a piece of fudge is one of my favorite ways to take a break during the holiday season. If you’re lucky enough to nibble your fudge in front of twinkling Christmas tree lights, that’s my idea of a perfect afternoon.
Continuing with the series of quick and easy fudge recipes, this Vanilla Walnut Fudge comes together in about five minutes. In just a few minutes, you can stir this recipe together and have it chilling in the refrigerator. Within a couple hours, it will be firm enough to slice and serve.
There aren’t many holiday treats easier to make than homemade fudge. I love that I can make plenty of sweets to share while spending the minimal amount of time in the kitchen. For more easy hassle-free treats to share with friends this holiday season, check out this Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge and the Dark Chocolate Almond Fudge. This Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge is calling my name as is this Amaretto Fudge. Is it possible to have too many fudge recipes? I don’t think so.
PLEASE NOTE: This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk, not heavy cream, not half and half, nothing else will work. Trust me on this. ALSO, it is crucial that you weigh the sweetened condensed milk or carefully measure out equal halves of the 14-ounce can. This recipe as written calls for HALF a can of sweetened condensed milk. If you don’t want to measure carefully, just double the recipe and use the full can.
- 12 ounces white chocolate bars or chips (see note below)
- 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cups chopped walnuts 2 tablespoons reserved
- Combine the white chocolate, the milk, and the butter in a medium size glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir to combine and heat another 15 seconds. Stir and heat an additional 15 seconds, only if needed. There will still be a few pieces of unmelted chocolate in the bowl.
- Stir until mostly smooth with just a few unmelted flecks of white chocolate. Add the vanilla extract and walnuts (reserving 2 tablespoons of walnuts) and stir to combine. Scoop onto a parchment lined loaf pan. Spread with a spatula. Sprinkle with reserved walnut pieces. Chill until ready to serve. Slice into 1-inch squares and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy!
COOK'S NOTE: Choose your favorite white chocolate for this recipe. I typically use nestle white chocolate chips, but if I'm lucky enough to have Lindt white chocolate in the house, it's a great choice. Break the bars into pieces before heating. If you don’t happen to be a fan of white chocolate, this fudge works beautifully (and is equally tasty) when made with semi-sweet or dark chocolate. This recipe doubles nicely and can be poured into an 8x8 pan. Slice into approximately 36 1-inch pieces. This fudge will keep nicely in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Place the sliced pieces of fudge in an airtight container, separating multiple layers with parchment or wax paper. Alternatively, this fudge may also be frozen for up to two months. Thaw and serve from the refrigerator.