GUEST POST: Cookie Butter Fudge

Hey! Kyle here. Devoted readers of this blog will know me as Dana’s frequently mentioned boyfriend. She’s a name-dropper, that one. Besides, I’ve already met both of you. Anyway, I’ve been saying pretty much since Dana and I met last year that I would contribute a guest post to Anything But Ranch, and in the interest of not making myself a liar, here we are.

Recently, I realized that A) I had not yet attempted to make cookie butter fudge and B) I, somewhat atypically, already had every ingredient of a new recipe on hand. I was seconds away from excitedly texting Dana when I was struck by the idea to make it as a surprise for her. While she and I often cook together and for one another, the lion’s share of the sweets go from her kitchen straight into my face. I thought it might be nice for her to come over after a long day of mastering witchcraft (trust me, I’ve seen her differential equations textbook and that is exactly what she is doing) and enjoy a little reward. You know, besides getting to spend time with me.

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Anyway, in terms of deliciousness to effort ratio, this fudge was off the charts. You don’t need any fancy gadgets or esoteric ingredients. Hell, you barely need a functional kitchen, or much skill therein. Boiling milk can be messy if you heat it too quickly and/or take your eyes off of it for a while, but you could even cut that step out if you have a can of sweetened condensed milk lying around.

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I didn’t, so I boiled milk and sugar in a small saucepan. Since I used 2 percent rather than whole, I added a bit of butter to replace the lost fat. This is fudge, people. Dana works magic with her crazy hippie voodoo, and I almost always love the results, but some foods just weren’t meant to be healthy. In a similar spirit, I added the optional cup of chocolate chips, though I went with white chocolate based on personal preference and what I had in the pantry.

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From there, it was a simple matter of combining the newly condensed milk with cookie butter and vanilla. I poured the mixture into a small, greased baking dish, drizzled melted chips on top, sprinkled in the secret ingredient and put it in the fridge to set. Half an hour later, voila!

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Obviously, I was too excited to take a picture before I cut a piece out for myself, but I was right to be. First time making fudge: definitely a success. First time posting: Also yes.

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