Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge (YUM!)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
Makes 36 squares

For Cookie Dough

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, soften to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp half-and-half (or milk or cream)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
For Fudge
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half (or milk or cream)
  • 4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Line 8×8 square baking pan with aluminom foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. For the Cookie Dough, combine butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand or handheld mixer.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Mix in vanilla, salt, and half-and-half.  Add flour and mix until just combined.  Do NOT overmix.
  3. To prepare the fudge base, combine brown sugar, butter, salt, and half-and-half in a medium saucepan.  Stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted and brown sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat. Slowly stir in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until mixture is smooth and sugar is incorporated throughout.  Stir in vanilla.  Add more confectioners’ sugar if desired.  The more powdered sugar you add, the thicker, firmer, and sweeter the fudge will be. I used 5 cups.
  4. Add cookie dough to the fudge base and stir to combine.  At this point, the mixture should have cooled to room temperature.  If not, continue to stir until it is no longer warm to the touch.  Fold in mini chocolate chips and spread fudge into prepared baking pan.  Chill until set, about 3-4 hours.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

*Fudge will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.

(Recipe courtesy of ohsoshabbybydebbie.com)

Set a Festive Fall Table

Naturally, we love good food.  But we also love to enjoy it with people we love.

Fall, particularly, is a time to celebrate: family, friends, the harvest, and the changing of the seasons.  So a festive table setting is only appropriate, and we love these ideas from HGTV:

Add Glitz:
For a sophisticated but not over-the-top look, balance the sparkle of metallics with natural elements, like fall branches or fresh fruit. Erinn’s Tip: “Metallics add a great modern touch to a fall tablescape. Deep copper and bright bronze are a lovely additional to a traditional table. I prefer to bring in natural, textured elements like these seed-beaded placemats so the table doesn’t get too glitzy.” Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian. See more of Erinn’s designs in HGTV’s Designers’ Portfolio.

Contrast Colors:
A humble pinecone adds an organic touch to each place setting. Erinn’s Tip: “Have fun with materials; contrast ceramic with glass, wood and gleaming metal. Forgo the old standby tablecloth and opt for glamorous, polished silver chargers and chocolate-brown linen napkins.” Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

Add an Aromatic Centerpiece:
Who said a centerpiece needed to time-consuming, expensive or even floral? Erinn created this arrangement by grouping scented candles with an earthy potpourri. Erinn’s Tip: “During the fall, natural elements are the best decorations. This potpourri creates a lovely centerpiece and its subtle fragrance is a great addition to the table. Look for large, chunky potpourris and add elements from your own backyard, like pinecones and seed pods, to the mix.” Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.

Accent with Glass:
Golds and ambers pair beautifully with the traditional browns and oranges of fall. Erinn’s Tip: “Glass vases can be found very inexpensively in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes at your local housewares store. They’re fantastic for adding a splash of luminescent color to the room. So go wild! Bring a bunch home, try them out and return what you don’t use.” Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.