A super easy 6-ingredient recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge! This simple holiday treat makes a great gift! This is a great Christmas fudge recipe!
Cranberry White Chocolate Pistachio Fudge Recipe
I hate to start this post talking about the weather but… it’s SNOWING right now. In October. And I don’t mean a few wimpy flakes. It’s really coming down. I’m a total snow bunny, so I’m in heaven over here. I’ve busted out my coziest blankets, made cocoa instead of coffee, and may or may not have Christmas music playing in the background. I know it’s too early. I know. But what can I say? I’m a total sucker for the holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the only thing that makes me feel more festive than a fresh snowfall is a fresh batch of homemade fudge!
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How to make White Chocolate Fudge with Pistachios and Cranberries
- For best results, this recipe must be made in a double boiler. If you don’t have one, don’t fret – making one is easy! Here’s what you do: First you’ll want to find a heatproof glass bowl that will fit on top of a saucepan without dipping in at the bottom. Next you’ll fill the saucepan with a little water (you want it about 1/4 full) and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to barely a simmer. Next you’ll place the heatproof glass bowl holding your ingredients on top of the pot. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water (you want at least 2 inches between the bowl and water). The intention of this cooking method is to heat the bowl with steam – not the actual water.
- Use high-quality white chocolate! It is the main ingredient, after all. I suggest using a premium brand like Lindt or Ghirardelli, which both melt great and don’t get grainy after setting. Whatever brand you use, just be sure you don’t use chocolate chips! Which are inferior in taste and texture for this kind of recipe.
- For your convenience, I suggest using shelled pistachios. Trust me when I say shelling 3/4 cup of pistachios is no easy feat! I love diamond pistachios because they’re always super fresh and easy to find at my local grocery store.
- This recipe is very sweet, so I don’t suggest skipping the salt, which helps balance it out.
- This fudge MUST chill for at least two hours. If you try to cut it before then, it will be gooey and likely too soft to slice. The good news? You can make this up to one week in advance and store it in the fridge.
During the holiday season I make this white chocolate cranberry pistachio fudge at least once a week. It’s one of my most requested candy recipes and I don’t mind one bit… it’s so easy!
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White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Fudge
- (1) 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 20 ounces high-quality white chocolate, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup pistachios, chopped, divided
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries, divided
- Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper, allowing the excess paper to hang over the sides; set aside. In a large, heatproof bowl combine the sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, butter, and salt; set aside. Fill a saucepan with a little water (you want it about 1/4 full) and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to barely a simmer. Place your heatproof glass bowl holding your ingredients on top of the pot. Stir frequently, until the white chocolate has melted and the mixture is completely smooth, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in 1/2 cup of pistachios and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. The mixture will be very thick. Using a sturdy spatula, scrape the fudge into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios and cranberries. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before slicing.
- Gently run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the fudge. Remove the fudge and transfer it to a cutting board. Peel off parchment paper, then slice the fudge into small pieces. Serve at once or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. You may also freeze the fudge, in an airtight freezer safe container for up to two months.