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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by The RedHead Baker for JavaCupcake.com

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Quick white chocolate cranberry fudge with hints of orange is a delicious addition to holiday party trays, or package it up for a festive homemade gift!

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by The RedHead Baker for JavaCupcake.com

Hi! I’m Coleen, and I blog over at The Redhead Baker. I share family friendly recipes for home cooks of all skill levels. I like to make baking easy, sharing the “why” behind the recipe. I’ve been blogging for six years, and my fiance and I live with our four-year-old son and two rescue dogs.

Christmas is my favorite time of year, and in addition to nearly a dozen kinds of Christmas cookies, I love making different flavors of fudge. My quick fudge starts with two ingredients: condensed milk and chocolate, then can be varied with different additions. In this version, I use orange zest and dried cranberries.

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by The RedHead Baker for JavaCupcake.com

White chocolate burns at a much lower temperature than milk or dark chocolate, so keep your oven burner on the lowest flame, and stir constantly to avoid scorching. Also, chopping your chocolate finely will help it melt evenly and avoid scorching.

Once thoroughly chilled, cut the fudge with a chef’s knife. If serving on a dessert tray, place the pieces on flatted cupcake liners. If giving away as a gift, place a few pieces of fudge in a cellophane treat bag and tie with a festive ribbon!

This is a very soft fudge, so keep it chilled as much as possible to keep its shape. If you want firmer fudge, reduce the amount of sweetened condensed milk to half a can (about 3/4 of a cup).

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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

Yield: 64 squares

Ingredients

  • 12 oz good-quality white chocolate, chopped finely
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated orange zest

Instructions

  1. Line an 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan with wax paper, leaving about 3 inches of wax paper hanging over the edges of two sides.
  2. Place the condensed milk and chopped white chocolate in a saucepan set over low heat. Stir constantly until the white chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the orange zest and cranberries.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator until the mixture is firm. Cut into 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch squares.

 

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones - fresh cranberry sauce paired with the zest and juice of an orange make these scones perfectly delicious! | JavaCupcake.com

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones

Freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest paired with homemade cranberry sauce make these Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones the perfect breakfast treat!

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones - fresh cranberry sauce paired with the zest and juice of an orange make these scones perfectly delicious! | JavaCupcake.com

During the holiday season, I always make a batch of my fresh cranberry sauce.  It is so delicious that I not only put it on the turkey at Thanksgiving, but I use it on everything!  Leftover turkey sandwiches, toast, scones, bread… you name it.   I’ll find a way to use the cranberries!

Now that holiday’s are over and you might have some leftover cranberry sauce in your fridge or freezer, I wanted to share with you a simple, yet delicious recipe you could whip up for your family this weekend.

What better than a batch of fresh, hot Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones!

Now, if you don’t have homemade cranberry sauce in your fridge, don’t worry.  You can substitute the fresh cranberry sauce for canned cranberry sauce or dried cranberries.  If you use dried cranberries, you may need to add more cream to bring the dough together though.  Either way, you’ ll still get the same great flavor that the cranberries offer!

Cranberry Sauce Orange Scones - fresh cranberry sauce paired with the zest and juice of an orange make these scones perfectly delicious! | JavaCupcake.com

Since I didn’t use any of the orange juice in the scones themselves, I wanted to incorporate it into a glaze for the top of the scones.  But, I didn’t want anything too thick to make the scones too sweet and take away the flavor of the cranberries.  So, I thinned out the glaze using orange juice and vanilla extract with the powdered sugar.  Made the perfect consistency for a light sheen of glaze over the top of the scones.

If you don’t have orange or cranberry and you really REALLY want to make scones, this recipe can be easily converted to work with any fruit you have on hand.  Throw a handful of blueberries or strawberries in or maybe some raisins.  The possibilities are endless.  Just make sure the dough isn’t too sticky when you cut them!

Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Yield: 8 scones
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Ingredients

Scones

  • 1 large orange, zested and juiced
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 5 Tbsp COLD unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup homemade cranberry sauce (canned is okay, homemade is best)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • flour, for dusting

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted after measured
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice

Instructions

Scones

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the orange zest of the orange and the sugar until combined.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg and whisk until the zest has been completely incorporated into the flour.
  4. Using a pastry blender, cut the cubed butter into the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.
  5. Gently fold in the cranberries with a rubber spatula. You'll want the batter to pick up some of the color of the berries.
  6. Add the heavy cream and fold with the same rubber spatula until no more dry ingredients remain. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure all the flour is incorporated.
  7. Place the dough onto your floured counter. Gently knead the dough 2-3 times to bring the dough together. DO NOT OVER WORK the dough!!!
  8. Pat the dough out into a circle that is 1/2" thick and 8-9" wide.
  9. Cut into 8 triangles and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are firm and the scones are golden brown.
  11. Remove to a wire rack to almost completely cool before glazing.

Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sifted powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice until smooth. No lumps of sugar should be visible.
  2. Spoon the glaze on to the top of each scone. Gently use the back of the spoon to spread it over the top. Let the excess glaze drip off the sides.
  3. Allow the glaze to set before serving - about 15 minutes.

Serving & Storage

  1. Eat scones immediately with coffee or tea.
  2. Store scones in a ziploc bag or a tupperware-type container. DO NOT seal the bag/container conpletely. Leave it slightly open or the scones will get moist and the glaze will melt into the scones. You want them to have a bit of the air to keep the glaze dry.
  3. The scones can be kept for up to 3 days.

Mandarin Orange & Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

I’ve got this yummy box of mandarin oranges just sitting on my counter.  I don’t know what it is… but I think my family might be all mandarin oranged out.  I think this might be our third box this season… so yeah, it was about time to do something with them before they went bad.

But what?  Oh… duh, COOKIES!  haha  It’s that time of year and I’ve been doing nothing but baking cookies lately.  So, why not mandarin orange cookies?  But hmmm…. what goes with orange in cookies… hmmmmm??? CRANBERRIES!  Oh and WHITE CHOCOLATE!

I took a basic brown sugar cookie cookie dough recipe and transformed it into a super amazing Mandarin Orange & Cranberry White Chocolate Cookie!

Now, I used fresh cranberries and fresh oranges, but I’m sure if all you had was canned or jarred that would be okay too.  I just love the idea of big chunks of fresh fruit in these cookies!

I’ve seen some with a glaze on top, but I didn’t want to hide the chunks of fruit inside of them, so I just topped them dough with sugar before baking.  I think they’re pretty much PERFECT!

Mandarin Orange & Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp orange extract
3 tbsp orange juice
Zest of one Mandarin orange

2 1/2 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup halved fresh Mandarin orange slices (about 4 Mandarin oranges)
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips or chunks (I used a mix of both cause that’s what I had on hand)

1/4 cup sugar, for dusting

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the egg, extract, zest and orange juice.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix on high for 3-4 minutes or until the dough is light and fluffy.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the flour to the butter/sugar and mix on low until just combined.
  6. Fold in the halved orange slices, chopped cranberries and white chocolate.
  7. Drop 1 tbsp of dough onto the cookie sheet, 1-2 inches apart.  Do not place more than 12 on a sheet, the cookies spread and need room!
  8. Dust each mound of dough with sugar.
  9. Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges begin to brown.  Do not overbake!
  10. Remove and let cook on sheet for about 1 minute.  Remove to a wire rack to cool complete.
Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes

Inspired by the candy with the same name, these Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes would make a delicious Halloween treat!

Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

You may have read about the Graveyard cupcakes I made for the Fall Festival at my husband’s work.  Well, I also wanted to make candy corn cupcakes.  The first batch I made I knew I screwed up.  I told myself… hey, there’s citrus in these cupcakes, CHANGE THE RATIO OF BAKING POWDER.  Did I listen to myself?  No.  I also didn’t listen to myself when I KNEW I had over mixed the cupcakes when adding the food coloring.  BAD BAKER!

Are you wondering how my errors screwed up my cupcakes?  Well, to begin with they sunk in the middle.  They also overflowed the edges AND their texture was too light and crumbly for my taste.  Not a good combo for a cupcake.

Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

So this morning I decided to have a second try at them and fixed my errors.  I omitted the baking soda and added more baking powder (this helps combat the acidity of the citrus) and I also added the coloring BEFORE I mixed in the flour.  This allowed me to fold in the flour just until combined, making the perfect cupcake consistency!

These cupcakes are “Blood Orange” Candy Corn cupcakes because I’m using flavored candy corns.  My best friend sent them to me…. Blood Orange Candy Corns.  Unfortunately, my store didnt’ have any blood oranges, so I used a naval orange.  🙂   I’d suggest using an actual blood orange if you can!

Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Ingredients

Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes

  • zest of 1/2 a large Blood orange (I used a Naval orange - read above)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • juice of 1/2 a large Blood orange (I used a Naval orange - read above)
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • (to make cake flour, measure AP flour, remove 4 tbsp and add 4tbsp corn starch. sift together 2-3 times)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Yellow Gel food coloring

Orange Buttercream

  • Orange Buttercream
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1.5 lbs (about 6-7 cups) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh sqeezed orange juice, strained
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Orange Food Gel food coloring
  • Blood Orange Candy Corns - for garnish

Instructions

Blood Orange Candy Corn Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line your cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the orange zest and sugar. Press the back of a spatula into the sugar and zest, releasing the oils from the zest into the sugar. Keep doing this until sugar becomes fluffy and fragrant.
  3. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and orange sugar.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Mix in the sour cream, orange extract and orange juice.
  7. Add the food coloring and mix until there are no streaks of white batter left.
  8. Fold in the flour in three parts, alternating with the milk. Mix ONLY UNTIL JUST COMBINED. Do not over mix!
  9. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Orange Buttercream

  1. Cream the butter.
  2. One cup at a time, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Between each of addition, add the orange juice and extract.
  3. Once all the sugar has been added, add the heavy cream until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Add the salt and mix until combined. Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Remove 1/3 of the white frosting.
  6. Add orange gel food coloring to remaining 2/3 of the frosting and mix until no more white streaks are left.

Assembly

  1. Pipe a large swirl of orange frosting on top of the cupcake.
  2. Place a small dollop of white frosting in the center of the orange frosting.
  3. Garnish with a Blood Orange Candy Corn.
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