Cookie dough fudge

Cookie Dough Fudge

This post was sponsored by Hampton Creek Just Cookie Dough.

I confess, I was a serious raw cookie dough fanatic in my younger and more adventurous days. But since there are concerns over consuming raw eggs, and I’m older and more cautious, I’ve pretty much stopped nibbling the dough before I pop the cookies in the oven. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for edible cookie dough around the internet, which seems like a great idea, but just as much work as making the cookies from scratch. So if you want to put the cookie dough in a recipe, you’re essentially making two recipes.

Raw Cookie Dough Enter Hampton Creek’s, Just Cookie Dough. Since it’s egg free, you can eat it right out of the tub…yep, that’s right, it comes in a convenient 2 pound tub, ready for late night cravings or cookies. It’s also a great cookie dough for those who are allergic to eggs. When Hampton Creek sent me a tub and asked me to create a recipe using their Just Cookie Dough, we started with the obvious, (cookies)….Chocolate Chip Cookie…and then mixed some into plain vanilla ice cream, (yay for cookie dough ice cream!) But I wanted to make something with the raw cookie dough in the recipe, that would eliminate the extra step of making an egg-free cookie dough from scratch. Since it’s the holidays, my daughter and I decided Cookie Dough Fudge would be the perfect  addition to our holiday baking.

We used a basic fudge recipe with sweetened condensed milk, and then added a layer of the raw cookie dough sandwiched in between the chocolate, for a decadent bite of chocolate, cookie dough and nuts all at once. Because it’s so rich, an 8 x 8 inch pan makes about 6 dozen 3/4 inch squares. Heat sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips, just until chocolate  melts, stirring to combine. IMG_9243Spread half the fudge mixture in a 8 x 8 inch square baking pan, lined with foil. IMG_9246Drop cookie dough by the teaspoonful over fudge, patting down to cover chocolate. IMG_9249Spread remaining fudge on top of cookie dough and spread with a spatula or knife to smooth. Press nuts into top of fudge. IMG_9254Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 3/4 inch squares. Store in an airtight container.

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Cookie Dough Fudge
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Serves: 72
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chocolate chips, (semi-sweet, milk or dark)
  • ¾ cup Hampton Creek or egg-free cookie dough
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, so that foil hangs over edge of pan for easy removal of fudge.
  2. In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk and chips until chocolate is melted, stirring to combine.
  3. Pour half of fudge in pan, spreading to the edges.
  4. Using a teaspoon, put cookie dough in dollops over the fudge, spreading and pressing to make an even layer. Top with remaining fudge and nuts, pressing nuts into fudge.
  5. Refrigerate fudge until firm. Cut into ¾ inch squares. Store in an airtight container.
  6. Makes approximately 6 dozen, ¾ inch squares.

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post by Hampton Creek. All opinions are my own, and as always, I only endorse products I believe in.

 

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Shopwell, Eat Well

This post was sponsored by Shopwell, Healthy Eating Made Simple.

The weekend after any big holiday, I’m ready to eat simpler, cleaner food. While I eat really well and conscientiously 80% of the time, from time to time I slip and need a little reminder to make better choices. The next few weeks, I’ll be upping my veggie intake and choosing soups, lean meats and salads during the week, so I can enjoy the holiday parties that are coming up. We also try to avoid gluten, as my youngest daughter has sensitivities to wheat, heart disease runs in my family, so I like to watch the saturated fat in our diets as well. I recently discovered a pretty cool app for my phone, called the Shopwell app. It’s free, and allows you to tailor your shopping list to your family’s personalized profile.

Takepart called Shopwell, one of the “5 best apps to download before your next trip to the grocery store”, in April, 2014. You input your dietary requirements, and when you shop, scan the bar code to get a ‘score’ based on what’s best for your specific diet. This “Grilled” Tilapia seemed like it would be a good choice, but when we scanned it, we found out it contained corn, one of the items I want to avoid. If you have a family member with severe allergies, this is a really quick way to find out if an item contains allergens. Diabetic, vegan, pregnant or lactose intolerant, Shopwell will help guide you to making good, better and best choices. I also had my 19 year old sophomore download the app as well, so she doesn’t have to spend too much of her time reading labels, now that she’s off at college.

My 14 year old and I went shopping just to test out the Shopwell app. She chose food items that she thought were the best choices for our family, and we were both surprised to find out that some of the pre-packaged food items that are labeled as “healthy”, really missed the mark in one way or another. She found a bag of frozen Asian veggies, that she was sure would be a good match, but was high in sodium and contained corn. A healthier alternative is listed as well. In this case, Kroger’s Stir-Fry Vegetables was suggested as a “strong” match.

She was actually having fun shopping, trying to find food items that would be a “strong” match for us. Refried beans, one of her favorite lunch meals, scored a strong match for fiber, potassium, good source of protein and iron. While not every item will scan, (none of my Trader Joe’s packaged goods, and some of the items I usually buy at Whole Foods registered) I was impressed by the quick customer service, and when I inquired about those items, I was told that they are adding new stores and items all the time. You can download Shopwell on your phone for free in the App Store. You can also spend more time browsing the Shopwell web site from your computer at home.

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Although this post was sponsored by Shopwell, as always, my opinions are my own and I only endorse items I believe in and personally use.

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