Guys. I know.
You’re thinking fudge is a Christmas thing.
Well, I’m here to tell you that isn’t true. You can make and eat fudge any time of year. I mean, you’re an adult. You make the rules.
I thought this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook would be pretty much perfect for Valentine’s Day. Or a Tuesday. Or a Sunday. Or a…well, yeah. Any day. I mean, fudge is fudge. Just enjoy it.
You’ll notice this recipe says to use 4 to 5 cups of powdered sugar. The texture of the fudge will change depending on how much sugar you use. If you’d like a firmer fudge that you can serve at room temperature, use the full 5 cups. If you’d like a softer fudge that isn’t quite as sweet, use 4 cups and serve it straight from the fridge.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
Yield: 64 1-inch pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours chil time
For the cookie dough:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons half and half
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
For the fudge:
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup butter
pinch of salt
1/3 cup half and half
4-5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil, leaving a 1 inch overhang. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
To prepare the cookie dough, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, salt, and half and half. Stir in the flour until incorporated. Set aside.
To make the fudge base, combine the brown sugar, butter, salt, and half and half in a saucepan. Stir over medium low heat until the butter has melted and the brown sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Stir in the vanilla.
Add the cookie dough to the fudge base and stir to combine. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Chill until set, at least 3 hours.
Keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week.