CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH FUDGE

I’ve referenced this creamy, dreamy cookie dough fudge several times in the last few weeks. It is the epic substance that caused my 7-year old to withdraw his ambitious pledge to go one year without sweets.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH FUDGE


INGREDIENTS

FOR COOKIE DOUGH:

  1.  1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter, softened to room temperature
  2.  1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3.  1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  4.  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5.  1/8 teaspoon salt
  6.  2 tablespoons half-and-half, cream or milk
  7.  1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  8.  1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  9.  1/3 cup light brown sugar
  10.  1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) butter
  11.  pinch of salt
  12.  1/3 cup half-and-half, milk or cream
  13.  4-5 cups powdered sugar
  14.  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  15.  1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (for topping the fudge)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line an 8X8-inch or 9X9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. For the cookie dough, in a medium bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer) combine the butter and sugars and beat with a handheld mixer (or again, use a stand mixer) on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, salt, and half-and-half. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Set aside.