Bake with Melynn part 4: Eggnog Fudge and Chocolate Filled Russian Tea Cakes

Melynn has pretty much finished her holiday baking now (even though I haven’t even started!). Her gorgeous and yummy cookie and treat platter will be at work on Monday, so we’ll be sure to share photos. In the meantime, Melynn was willing to share two more holiday recipes with us:

I had never really made fudge until I found this recipe. It represents the season nicely with its inclusion of eggnog, which just also happens to be one of my husband’s favorite holiday drinks (and is now one of my daughter’s as well)! You need a candy thermometer for this recipe.

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    Eggnog Fudge
    ½ cup butter (1 stick)
    ¾ cup eggnog
    2 cups sugar
    10 oz white chocolate chips
    1/8 t ground nutmeg
    7 oz jar marshmallow crème
    1 t rum or rum extract

    Combine butter, eggnog, and sugar in heavy 2 or 3 qt saucepan. Bring to rolling boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking 8-10 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees, stirring to prevent scorching. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate & nutmeg. Add marshmallow crème & extract; beat until well blended. Pour into greased 8 or 9” square pan. Cool at room temperature; cut.

I like this tea cake recipe as they include a chocolate star hidden inside each one which makes them a bit more special than the usual tea cake cookie. Doesn’t chocolate make everything better? 🙂

    Chocolate Filled Russian Tea Cakes
    1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temp
    ½ cup powdered sugar
    1 t vanilla
    2 cups flour
    ¼ t salt
    ¾ cup ground pecans
    48 milk chocolate stars

    Sugar coating:
    ½ cup powdered sugar
    1 T red sugar
    1 T green sugar

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl, beat butter, ½ cup powdered sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer (I use stand mixer) on medium speed until well mixed. On low speed, beat in flour, salt, and ground pecans. Shape slightly less than 1 measuring tablespoonful of dough around each chocolate star to make 1” balls; place 2” apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until set and bottoms begin to turn golden brown. Meanwhile, is small bowl, mix coating ingredients. Immediately remove cookies from cookie sheets; roll in sugar coating (I wait to coat in powdered sugar until just prior to serving since I freeze them). Cool completely on wire racks, about 30 min, then roll in sugar coating again.

When asked if she’ll make anything extra she said, “The only sort of extras that I do (that don’t go on all of the platters) is a small batch of frosted cutouts that I make with my daughter. I’m also going to try a gluten free, egg free spritz (family members have developed some egg allergies). I’m not sure they’re even going to work!”

It’s nice to know that even a baking Goddess such as Melynn experiments with new recipes that might fail. Of course, if it works, maybe she’ll share the recipe with us next year :-).

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.

3 Responses to Bake with Melynn part 4: Eggnog Fudge and Chocolate Filled Russian Tea Cakes

  1. Vivian Kannon December 21, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    Is a chocolate star used in the Russian Tea Cake the same thing as a Herseys Kiss?

  2. M.S. December 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    The chocolate stars are a bit more flat than a Hershey’s Kiss- it might be hard to cover a Kiss with the dough. I buy the chocolate stars at Farm and Fleet. Here is a link: http://www.farmandfleet.com/products/075787-blains-farm-and-fleet-chocolate-stars.html#.UreBu_RDut0

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