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Chocolate Fudge Cookies from Maida Heatter

Chocolate Fudge Cookies are a little bit cookie and a little bit fudge. Melt your chocolate and butter in the microwave, then shape and bake!

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

(This is an updated post from 2014)

Ever since I’ve been back from Phoenix I’ve been working like a dog to get everything put away. Just like a dog who searches for the best place to bury his bone, I’ve been looking for the perfect place for that certain picture or piece of furniture. This is good in the sense that I love cleaning out and throwing away. I love new arrangements of knickknacks and other common hoi polloi. I’m one of those that arranges according to the season. Please, no rolling of the eyes.

What I don’t love is all the mess that this creates. Who knew that moving one piece of art would create reasons to move three more? And how does all that damn dust ever get behind those hanging paintings? And I never knew that nails could rust if they are pounded into a wall. I don’t like things out of place. I need to feel a certain sense of order around me. In college I couldn’t study if things were out of place. There are a few that would say that was just an excuse not to study; but we won’t name names.

Between getting everything put away and bringing out all of my menorahs and other important artifacts of the holidays, I am going crazy. For example, I love candles. My friends that know me well, know my home is lit by candlelight in the winter. OK. Not to see by, but to be seen by. I love the feeling of warmth that candles give. Honestly, I feel the thermostat rise, when they are burning.

Now one might think that finding candles is easy. It is not. I am picky about my candles. I do not like scented candles. I do not like to spend a fortune on candles, so I am careful where I shop. I have good luck with tapers from Hobby Lobby. Sometimes I can find them at Cost Plus. Pier One? No. Expensive boutiques always have candles, but not always tapers or reasonably priced cylinders. And usually they all smell. Some good; most not. Michaels has really cheap candles, but they burn fast.

And what’s with all this LED crap? These are not candles. They are high tech fakes. Really, have folks forgotten how to light a match? They spread no warmth; they have no wax to clean up and they always have batteries that need replacing. Using them means there are no leftover candles to start a fire with. I just want  a few blue shades of tapers. Maybe some cylinders. I don’t want aqua or navy. I love Vance Kittera candles but his blue is so faint, I think it is gray. So this year, white it is. And maybe a few off white. I’ve already bought 18 tapers and still need at least 4 more. I’ve totally given up on finding pillars. I am tired of venturing out to at least 6 stores, just to find candles.

Yes, I’m going a bit overboard, you might say; Manservant does say. He tells me just to go get expensive ones because time is money. Well, if that was the case, I’d be rich! And besides I haven’t even found any of those I like. But this girl is on a mission, and failure is not an option. I’ve been so crazed that I showed up at the doctor’s a day early. Who does that?

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Well, tomorrow Salvation Army comes to pick up our STUFF. We have a lot of STUFF. It served us well and I will not be sorry to see it go. I am so not sentimental about STUFF. They, however do not take big old TV’s. I’ve had numerous inquiries on Craig’s List for said TV, but no one ever follows through. Hopefully, with all this gone, my head will soon clear and I will be able to focus on candles. Yes, the really important stuff. LOL!

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

In the meantime, I’m just going to offer the Salvation Army truck driver some cookies. That is if he’ll take my TV. Really, these cookies are so worth it. They were a first for me. I clipped them out of the paper long ago and they are attributed to Maida Heatter; Queen of baking. I don’t know what took me so long to try these. Manservant wondered the same. These are a perfect cross of fudge and brownie, but all in one perfect cookie shape. These gorgeous gobs of chocolate are for anyone that loves a chewy brownie or a glorious piece of fudge and can’t decide which they want more!

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

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chocolate fudge cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 Minutes
  • Total Time: 22 Minutes
  • Yield: 3 Dozen 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These gobs of chocolate are a cross between a cookie and fudge.



12 oz semisweet chocolate chips or a mixture of bittersweet and semisweet

1/2 stick unsalted butter

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 t vanilla extract

1 T bourbon (optional)

1/2 t salt

1 c flour

2 1/4 c toasted pecans, broken into large pieces

Maldon Salt flakes


Preheat oven to 350.

Melt chocolate and butter on low setting, in 1 minute intervals in microwave, stirring at each interval with wooden spoon, until fully melted. Stir until smooth. Stir in condensed milk, vanilla and bourbon. Stir in flour and toasted pecans.

Using a rounded teaspoonful, place dough on parchment or Silpat lined sheets.  Sprinkle with salt, if you’d like. Bake 7 minutes. These will look glossy and wet and totally unbaked. Don’t worry. Let them cool completely. Transfer to wire rack until bottom is dry. I keep them sealed in a giant Zip-Lock and they have tasted great for 5 days.

Give some to your Salvation Army truck driver in hopes he will take your TV.

Keywords: cookies. chocolate fudge cookies, drop cookies, baking, fudge, chocolate, Maida Heatter

Need Some real fudge? This caramel coffee fudge from Inside BruCrew Life sounds fabulous and this hot cocoa fudge from Wine and Glue sounds like something I must try!

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Spritz Cookies
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British Scones
Chocolate Krantz Cake or Babka
Double Chocolate Mocha Macadamia Bark
Browned Butter Cream Cheese Apricot Rugelach
Soft Chocolate Crackles with Mint M and M’s
World Peace Cookies
Latke 1 or Latke 2
Sweet Potato Latkes
Sweet Family Favorites

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Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Thursday 29th of November 2018

Oh I'm so with you on the whole LED candle thing. What's the point? Either light a candle or turn on a lamp. Why bother with something that's neither one of those? I'm also with you on these cookies. I can almost taste them already--and, by the way, they're delicious :). Have a great weekend, Abbe!

Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Can’t go wrong with anything described as a cross between cookie and fudge! That’s my kind of chocolate cookie!

John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

This post is SO worthy of being updated! Maida Heatter is a wonderful baker -- all her recipes are excellent. And your version of this one is inspired! Besides, who can turn down chocolate? :-) Really good -- thanks.

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Pinning. Looks delicious Abbe.


Wednesday 28th of November 2018

I don't mind the fake flickering candles from Costco and they give me piece of mind when my 2 year old grandson in here that he won't burn his fingers, but otherwise, I totally agree! I can't stand a scented candle either. Love these cookies. I make something very similar but it doesn't have condensed milk. Have to try these!