I’ve referenced this creamy, dreamy cookie dough fudge several times in the last few weeks. It is the epic substance that caused my 7-year old to withdraw his ambitious pledge to go one year without sweets.
In the face of cookie dough fudge, anyone could be made helpless and my little Walker was no exception.
I have to say, as a non-fudge-lover (I know, right?), this is the fudge that has won me over to the dark side.
You’ll notice, I don’t have a classic chocolate fudge recipe here because quite honestly, I can’t stomach the stuff. It’s just altogether too sugary sweet for me. But for some reason, this cookie dough fudge is irresistible.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s still plenty sweet, but the chocolate chips and hints of butter and all things cookie dough made me love it in a big way. And my fudge-loving counterpart? Well, Brian was in fudge heaven. Which, I hear, is a good place to be.
The fact that I didn’t have to pull out my candy thermometer to make this simple, tasty fudge made me a very happy camper.
This comes together really quickly and is a delicious, unique treat perfect for the holiday, fudge-is-everywhere season.
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons half-and-half, cream or milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter
pinch of salt
1/3 cup half-and-half, milk or cream
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (for topping the fudge)
Line an 8X8-inch or 9X9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
For the cookie dough, in a medium bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) combine the butter and sugars and beat with a handheld mixer (or again, use a stand mixer) on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, salt, and half-and-half. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Set aside.
For the fudge base, combine the brown sugar, butter, salt, and half-and-half in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until the butter is melted and the brown sugar is dissolved. The mixture should be smooth and combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture is smooth and thick (I used close to the 5 cup amount). The mixture should be very thick. Let this mixture cool completely before proceeding!
Add the cookie dough to the fudge base and stir to combine. Spread the fudge into the prepared baking pan and press into an even layer. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 chocolate chips on top of the fudge and lightly press them into the batter. Chill until set, about 3-4 hours, before cutting into pieces. The fudge can be made-ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Make Ahead: the fudge can be made ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a week. Awesome!
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