Chocolate Fudge and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand which makes this the perfect treat for someone special. It makes a great little gift for teachers, friends, loves, or your kiddos. Everyone loves fudge!
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While I’ve been making this fudge recipe for most of my life, I can not take credit for the recipe. I actually got it from my kindergarten teacher in my elementary school’s cookbook from the ’90s. The only thing I do differently than the recipe calls for is I pour it into cookie cutters for a cute and tasty gift.
It’s So Easy
You will love how easy this fudge is to make. The only part that can be a little tricky is moving fast enough to pour your fudge into the cookie cutters while making sure not to burn yourself. Don’t worry though, I’ll share my tips with you to help you get it just right. However, if you are concerned with pouring the fudge into cookie cutters… you can surely pour it into a 9×9 pan and cut it into squares the traditional way.
While I am posting this as the perfect treat for Valentine’s day, you can totally think beyond that holiday. I have made this fudge for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Just use the appropriate cookie cutter and sprinkles to make it for any theme you’d like. I am usually able to find seasonal cookie cutters for a great price at my local dollar store.
Here’s an example of a Christmas theme.
Straying from tradition and cooling your fudge in cookie cutters versus a standard pan is a great way to package fudge as a gift or favor. There is really only a couple of things to talk about if you are going to try it this way.
Line Your Cutters
Before you prepare the fudge you will want to prepare your cookie cutters. First cut a piece of aluminum foil a little larger than your cookie cutter. Then place the cookie cutter on top of the foil and wrap the foil up and around the sides of the cutter. This will prevent any hot fudge from leaking out under the cutter when you pour it. Leave the foil around the cutter until the fudge has fully set and then it will easily peel right off.
Filling Your Cookie Cutters
When your fudge is ready to transfer to the cookie cutters, you will have to be careful not to burn yourself. I have found an effective, safe way to do this. After letting the fudge sit for no longer than 1 minute, take a large drinking glass and place a piping bag inside of it so that you can pour the fudge into the bag. Seal the top of the bag with a rubber band and wrap a small kitchen towel around the piping bag. The most important part to cover is the fat end near the rubber band. This is the spot you would be applying pressure to so the towel will keep your hand safe.
After you pour your fudge into the cutter immediately use a toothpick or knife to spread it to the edges and smooth it out a bit.
You can get as creative as you’d like with the toppings but keep in mind the fudge will start to set fast. The best way to add toppings is by doing it to one cutter at a time. As soon as you finish smoothing out the fudge add the toppings before moving on to pour the fudge into the next cutter.
Check out the items used for this fudge below.
Cookie Cutter Fudge is the perfect gift or favor. It looks so cute and taste delicious!
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 pound mini marshmallows
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
Wrap aluminum foil around the bottom and up the sides of your cookie cutters so they do no leak. If you are going to skip using cutters, grease a 9x9 inch pan and set aside.
Combine milk, sugar, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
Continue to cook for 5 minutes (be careful not to cook any longer) and stir the whole time.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the chocolate, marshmallows, and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
Let the fudge sit for 1 minute.
Place your piping bag inside a large drinking glass so you can easily pour the fudge into the bag. Once the bag is full of fudge, carefully twist the top of the bag closed and use a rubber band to keep it that way.
Wrap the fat end of the piping bag (by the rubber band) with a small dish towel to avoid burning your hand. Be careful as the bag will be hot! The towel should act as a barrier so make sure to grab the bag over the top of the towel.
Cut the tip of the bag off and fill one cookie cutter. Smooth and spread the fudge with a toothpick or knife and sprinkle with the toppings of your choice.
Repeat until all of the cookie cutters are filled and toppings are added.
For best results, store in the refrigerator and enjoy cold. However, it will be just fine at room temperature so you can use them as favors or give them as gifts.