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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Chocolate Fudge Icing for Stackable Cookies

This fudgy frosting is perfect for dipping or spreading over cookies for a chocolaty delicious finish that is stackable. Your cookie trays just got an upgrade!

sugar cookies shaped like donuts and donut holes with fudge icing and sprinkles


      If you want a delicious fudgy frosting on your cookies, but still want them to stack and store nicely, you are in the right place! This icing comes together quickly, has big chocolate flavor, and it sets solid. It is the perfect topping for so many cookies and treats. Leftovers are also great drizzled over ice cream for a hot fudge sauce!


      We were trying to figure out something fun we could pass out at Little Dude's birthday parade this year. We love making fun treats for our friends and family.

      This year it seems extra important to have a sweet spot in your day. Plus we wanted to thank everyone who made the effort to make his day special despite the trying times.

      We have a tradition of getting him a donut for breakfast on his birthday. We meet my dad at the donut shop and get the day kicked off right.

    So it seemed like a fun idea to pay homage to that tradition and make donut shaped cookies. The perfect topping for donuts, be they real or the cookie variety, is chocolate icing and fun sprinkles.

     Luckily I knew just how to do that.  We had donut and donut hole cookies at our Easter open house in 2016.

      It's been a while since I shared them. Plus Little Dude and I made a video of making and using the icing this time.

donut shaped sugar cookies with chocolate icing and sprinkles



     So I thought I'd share the icing recipe again. In case you're curious, here's what I said about it in 2016:


     There are a few things our family and friends have come to expect at one of our gatherings:

  1. Come hungry and leave full
  2. Cookies!
      If it is a holiday or a fun party that included an advanced invitation, there will likely be fun sugar cookies.  People love them!  So for our Easter brunch, I knew I had to make something fun.

   I made fun colorful royal icing topped cookies last year so I wanted to do something different this year.

    Then it hit me.  Donuts!  They would be so quick and easy to make and would be the perfect brunch cookie!

stack of chocolate iced donut shaped cookies on glass serving platter

    The thing is donuts need to have a rich chocolate frosting and plenty of sprinkles.  I mean, that is how they are best.

   But there aren't a whole lot of great chocolaty cookie frosting recipes out there that allow you to stack the cookies and I tend to use up all of my serving space as it is.

    I didn't want to go the route of just dying royal frosting to look like chocolate frosting.  That would be a cruel tease!

    I certainly didn't have room for dozens of donuts to be single stacked everywhere. Then genius struck!

    The fudge that we dip our crescent cookies in at Christmas hardens enough to be stackable and is full of great fudge flavor.  It would be perfect.

double boiler with chocolate icing next to tray filled with chocolate iced cookies


    A few minutes over the double boiler and the cookies were everything I expected.   The frosting worked perfect and it made the cookies so delicious.  I think donut cookies might be the new favorite!

Tips and tricks


For the biggest chocolate flavor use semisweet or dark chocolate chips. But feel free to experiment with your favorite type of chips.

 For Little Dude's birthday cookies we used his favorite, milk chocolate chips. The color was lighter and the flavor more mild, but he was a super happy camper.

pecan meltaway crescent cookies dipped in fudge icing


If you want your frosting super smooth, sift the powdered sugar into the pan. Sometimes small lumps of powdered sugar form otherwise.

For the crescent cookies we usually submerge the cookies entirely and then place them on wax paper to set. For chocolate covered cherry cookies I tend to just spread a bit of icing on the center of the cookies.

For these donuts I have spread the frosting over the top, but the fastest way is to just dunk the face of the cookie. You can ice an entire batch of sugar cookies in no time!



chocolate icing, chocolate frosting for cookies
dessert
American
Setting Fudge Icing - Perfect for Stacking Cookieshttps://youtu.be/LflofOO6VK0If you are looking for the perfect chocolate fudge icing for your cookies, look no further! You can dip your cookies in this goodness, or spread it over top. It is delicious and dries hard so the cookies are perfectly stacked and easily stored! Have a few fun sprinkles on hand to make the cookies extra cute and fun!https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pmt5-m5C4Fk/Xr3wL9lQOMI/AAAAAAAA9v8/OQ7OcVtnQNYVjR2N8926t4WTCsyzB7emgCNcBGAsYHQ/s320/fudge%2Bicing%2Bthumbnail.jpg5/14/2020
Yield: 36 Servings
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Chocolate Fudge Icing for Stackable Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Icing for Stackable Cookies

If you want a delicious fudgy frosting on your cookies, but still want them to stack and store nicely, you are in the right place! This icing comes together quickly, has big chocolate flavor, and it sets solid. It is the perfect topping for so many cookies and treats. Leftovers are also great drizzled over ice cream for a hot fudge sauce!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 5 MTotal time: 10 M

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler melt chocolate chips, butter and milk stirring frequently until the mixture is melted.
  2. Whisk in the powdered sugar until completely incorporated and smooth.
  3. While keeping the frosting warm, spread over cookies. Add sprinkles if desired and place on wax paper in a single layer until completely set. Then stack and store in airtight containers.
Calories
69.12
Fat (grams)
2.48
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.51
Carbs (grams)
12.41
Fiber (grams)
0.29
Net carbs
12.12
Sugar (grams)
11.61
Protein (grams)
0.33
Sodium (milligrams)
10.09
Cholesterol (grams)
2.82

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If you want a delicious fudgy frosting on your cookies, but still want them to stack and store nicely, you are in the right place! This icing comes together quickly, has big chocolate flavor, and it sets solid. It is the perfect topping for so many cookies and treats. Leftovers are also great drizzled over ice cream for a hot fudge sauce!



38 comments:

  1. There they are...I had fingers crossed you were gonna share this recipe!! So pretty and looks easier than I thought it would be!! So creative, great job Carlee!!

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    1. Ha! I wouldn't hold out on something this delicious! Thanks, Andrea! These little gems were really easy to do. It was by far the quickest batch of decorated cookies I've ever made!

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  2. These look delicious- like the best of both worlds! Can't wait to give them a try, maybe pink for the next birthday party! I found you over at the link up at Miz Helen's.

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    1. They would be so cute in pink! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. These are so cute. Yum! Pinned and shared.

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  4. These look so delicious and fun. Stopping by from the Country Fair Blog Party ;)

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  5. These look amazing! Love the different sizes & how they look nice together :)

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  6. What a great back pocket recipe to have. They look gorgeous and I can think of so many things I would frost! :)

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    1. Isn't it fun to think of the possibilities?

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  7. Your Stackable cookies look awesome, thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, I was really pleased with how they turned out!

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  8. You're cookies look awesome! Thank you for linking up to the Tasty Tuesday linky party last week. i hope that you'll join us again this week.

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  9. I love these cookies! How cute! Stackable cookies are one of my faves, and you can't go wrong with chocolate! I might save this recipe to make with my niece :)

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    1. I love soft frosting too, but when you are making a ton of them they need to be able to stack without ruining them! I hope you two have a blast baking together!

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  10. Carleex these look really fantastic. I love that they look like real donuts. And the cool thing is you can use the donut holes as smaller cookies. They look really good stacked up like that and the sprinkles are genius. I am pinning this so that I have the recipe handy, this is a great find for stackable cookies.

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! Originally I was going to make all donuts, no holes. Then I figured I could get them done so much faster (and have more tender cookies) if I baked both. The frosting was so easy and so delicious. I don't know why I didn't think to use it this way before!

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  11. Next time I bake cookies, I have to try this!

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  12. This is great Carlee!! Sugar cookies are a favorite in this house so I will have to try your cookie and frosting recipes.
    Thank you for linking up at the April Country Fair Blog Party!
    Laurie - Country Link

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    1. I hope you love them! Thank you so much for hosting!

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  13. These are great frosting tips and they turned out adorable! Pinning!

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  14. Genius! I can't wait to give this a try!

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  15. Hey Carlee! Love the super easy recipe! I like the fun play on a donut! Thank you for sharing at Funtastic Friday! Hope to see you again!

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  16. Wow!!! These cooking look absolutely fantastic! I love that frosting :) Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!

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    1. Thank you! The frosting was the perfect fudgy balance to the cookie and they were great dunked in coffee!

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  17. Oh my goodness, yes, we loved these. I made them last time you shared them. So cute and literally the perfect frosting. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Hello, this looks very good. ^-^ Do you think I could use vegetable shortening instead of butter? Thank you!!

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    1. I've never tried it, but I can't see why it wouldn't work.

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  19. Also, I was wondering if there was a replacement for milk?
    Water, or soy milk?

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    1. I haven't tried either, but again it should work in theory.

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