Cookie Dough Fudge

19 Dec

Cookie Dough Fudge

I am getting awfully excited for Christmas. It’s less than a week away—pretty hard to believe it snuck up on me this fast! I love to give treats away for Christmas. They’re obviously the perfect gift because they’re from the heart, homemade, rather inexpensive, and for the stomach. What more could you want?

This fudge is ridiculously easy. You don’t need to use a candy thermometer or worry about exact times to get the right consistency here. It’s all in the sugar! (No, really, it really does depend on how much powdered sugar you use.)

I whipped up a batch of this for a holiday potluck and have leftovers in my fridge to give away to any holiday visitors. I always feel the need to have a homemade treat on hand–you never know who you might need to give it to!

Cookie Dough Fudge

Start by making your cookie dough.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Now start the fudge base by combining butter, brown sugar, and half-and-half in a pan.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Heat on medium-low until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Stir until smooth after each addition.

Cookie Dough Fudge

 

Keep stirring until smooth and very thick.

Cookie Dough Fudge

After the last cup of powdered sugar is added, stir well until very, very smooth.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Toss in the cookie dough and stir to incorporate evenly.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Sprinkle in the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Spread in a parchment-lined pan, and refrigerate until set.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Cut into bite-sized, 1-inch pieces.

Cookie Dough Fudge

Makes 64 1-inch pieces

Ingredients

For cookie dough:
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

For fudge:
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup unsalted butter
pinch salt
1/3 cup half-and-half
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on all sides for easy removal.

In a medium-sized bowl, make your cookie dough by beating together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Next add the half-and-half and vanilla. Beat briefly to combine. Add the flour and salt, and stir until incorporated. Set aside.

In a pot, combine the butter, brown sugar, salt, and half-and-half. Heat on medium-low, stirring constantly, until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Remove the pot from heat. One cup at time, add the powdered sugar, stopping to stir until smooth between each addition. After the last addition, stir until very smooth. Fudge will be very thick at this point. Stir in the vanilla. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips, and stir to incorporate.

Refrigerate fudge for at least 3 hours, or until set. Cut fudge into 1-inch, bite-sized pieces to serve.

Adapted from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook

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3 Responses to “Cookie Dough Fudge”

  1. Lacey December 20, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I was just sitting here making my list of Christmas goodies I want to bake to give to friends. I think this fudge needs to be on that list. Yum!

  2. Zach Robertson January 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    I made a very slight variation to this recipe and it went over great at work! As always, exited to see what’s next! 🙂

    – Zach

    • Adrianne January 11, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Zach, you are awesome. I will be adding a new post next week just for you to look forward to!

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