Chocolate Cookie Dough Fudge

From www.foodfanatic.com, by Aimee Shugarman
Chocolate Cookie Dough Fudge

Chocolate Cookie Dough Fudge Photo

Every once in awhile I find myself coming home from the grocery store with random items. A box of Noodle-Roni, a can of spaghettios, or a package of refrigerated cookie dough.

While I normally am in the "from scratch" camp, I do occasionally give in to packaged foods. And if I'm being honest… there are a few things from childhood that I love!

For example: Bologna. I love it. I buy it maybe once every couple years… but oh man, yum. Take a piece of toast with butter, toss your bologna in the microwave for about 15 seconds and then on top of the toast. Good grief, I should be ashamed of myself for admitting this!

Boxed mac and cheese. While I love homemade mac and cheese, more than nearly any other side dish… I can't help but purchase that blue box. And when I make a quick box for my kids, I find myself shoveling forkfuls into my mouth! It's what I lived on in college!

And packaged cookie dough. This dessert blogger has a confession. One of my husband's favorite desserts is a roll of cookie dough, broken into small balls. I drop those into a mini muffin tin, bake and immediately press a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup into them. Two ingredients. Zero work. ONE happy husband!

Chocolate Cookie Dough Fudge Picture

Last month I found myself with a roll of said cookie dough and no peanut butter cups. I tossed that roll of cookie dough into the freezer, thinking to myself, I'll take it out some other time when I'm fully stocked up on PB cups!

A week later, while making some Macadamia Nut Fudge, the thought came to me - what if I stirred in some hunks of frozen cookie dough into my milk chocolate fudge? Would it stay solid and not melt? Would it taste good?

I immediately got to work in the kitchen and tested those thoughts. As it turns out, it was perfect. The cookie dough stayed soft (not melted) and the creamy chocolate fudge was the perfect pair.

If you have a cookie dough lover in your house, you must try this!! And then you have to confess to me what your childhood favorite food is, even if it's embarrassing. Don't leave me hanging out to dry by myself!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow cream
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, frozen

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Once boiling, keep at a rolling boil for a full two minutes (still stirring).
  3. For this next step, I use a stand mixer with whisk attachment (a hand mixer would work too). Combine the marshmallow cream and milk chocolate chips in mixing bowl. Pour hot mixture over these ingredients and blend until smooth. I turn my mixer on medium speed and blend for 1-3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  4. While this is mixing, line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Crumble half of the frozen cookie dough (in small 1inch chunks) into bottom of baking dish. Set aside.
  5. Once mixture is smooth, pour into prepared dish. With the remaining cookie dough, press small chunks into the top of the fudge. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight. Cut and enjoy.
  6. Store fudge in airtight container for up to 1 week.

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