This easy cookie dough-flavored fudge requires no stove top, no candy thermometer, no eggs and no hassle. Enjoy the delicious taste of raw cookie dough without having to worry about uncooked eggs or ever preheating your oven.
The saying goes that it’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary*.
Right now, I couldn’t agree with that more.
The feeling of warm sunshine on your face after a long cold winter, being greeted by your puppy at the door at the end of a long day at work (puppies in general, really), a pan of chocolate chip cookies cooling on top a stove…
All lovely. All simple.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that the quality of a recipe is not lessened just because it is simple.
I find that when I’m in the kitchen, I waver constantly between preferring simplicity and complexity in my recipes. Too often I feel that a recipe should be complicated in order to be good and sophisticated.
While complexity may lend itself to a recipe being more sophisticated (and I hardly consider cookie dough fudge to be a sophisticated dessert!) it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always the best route to the most desirable outcome (here: delicious cookie dough fudge).
My first few attempts with this fudge were done on stove top, candy thermometer in hand.
Meh. Blah. Not quite right. A mess of melted chocolate chips when I wanted them to stay solid because what is cookie dough fudge without solid chocolate chips?!
The obvious thing to do was to switch over to my KitchenAid but I was reluctant, and when I finally made the move I felt like I was giving up.
My guilt was alleviated when this “simple” method resulted in the creamiest, softest, most perfect chocolate chip studded authentic tasting cookie dough fudge my taste buds had ever encountered.
Sometimes it’s important to just relax and remind yourself that simple is just fine.
Enjoy these simply wonderful cookie dough fudge squares, and leave your candy thermometer in the drawer.
Easy Cookie Dough Fudge
- 12 Tbsp salted butter softened to room temperature (do not microwave/melt and do not use margarine, people have reported difficulties when doing this)
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In KitchenAid (or with hand mixer, just make sure your butter is softened to room temperature) cream together butter, heavy cream and condensed milk on medium speed.
Add vanilla and stir again.
Add brown sugar and stir on medium speed until all ingredients are combined, occasionally pausing to scrape down the sides.
Gradually add flour and powdered sugar, continuing to pause to scrape down the sides as needed until all ingredients are combined.
Stir in chocolate chips and pour fudge into prepared pan.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
*The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Read it, if you haven’t yet!