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Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge

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When I was two, I fell on my face and killed my front tooth. It required a root canal (which is my first memory) and I then lived with a green front tooth until, oh, I think first grade.

I had braces twice, the second time having to have four adult  teeth pulled.

When I had my wisdom teeth pulled they were impacted, which caused me to lose 9 lbs in 3 days and if I remember correctly, I got an infection.

After Jordan was born I went to a new dentist who got his dental license from the Donald Duck school of dentistry. He was a quack if I ever saw one. But me, being in the throes of postpartum and needing my teeth cleaned in the 45 minutes until I needed to nurse, I ignored my instincts. This man’s “special beeping machine” told me I needed 5 cavities filled. I also needed a crown for a chipped tooth, which ended in a root canal that some cartoon character taught him to do. Shortly after this debacle, I went to the endodontist 3 times to re-do the just done root canal, and I have pain in that tooth to this day.

You could say I have dentist issues. I go…but it’s a stressful week before and a gut-wrenching 45 minutes of expecting them to tell me I have cavities, need teeth pulled, root canals, or Bugs Bunny and Tweety are going to show up in a lab coat and perform my exam.

So when my husband told me he was going back to the dentist to have an edge of his tooth fixed (it’s sharp) and told me he was only slightly nervous because they weren’t using novocain, I looked at him like he had two heads.

“Tell them to use the novocain,” I said.

“Well, no,” he replied. “It doesn’t need it. I had the guy check it when I was there to see if it would hurt and it didn’t. I want to avoid the extra 30 minutes it would take to get the shot.”

I’m sorry to my dear husband, but that last sentence was in a foreign language to me. He had the guy test it? What does that even mean?

I swear, if they offered the gas for a cleaning I would take it.

I don’t get this whole “let’s see if it hurts” mentality. NO DUDE. I don’t want it to hurt AT ALL. Give me drugs, and give them to me NOW.

So yeah, sometimes my husband and his manly bravado befuddles me.

What doesn’t befuddle me? Fudge with crust. I’ve done it before. I don’t know where this came to me, except that I had some lemon shortbread left over from the same shipment that brought me this addiction. When you have lemon shortbread, you must make crust.

The rest just followed, organically, I guess.

The topping was supposed to be an even layer on the top, like meringue on a pie. It didn’t work that way, so I swirled it and, you know what? I think I liked that better.

{I think fudge with crust is my new addiction. I loooooooooove it.}

Now, I know if eat too much of this I’ll have to go to hell the dentist. But that’s why I brush my teeth three times a day and ignore the chipped off crown that the dentist said was fine for a few months a year ago.

Fudge is waaaaaay better than a teeth cleaning. Plus, it’s soft. You can gum it before the novocain wears off.

Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge


    For the Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs (shortbread, lemon shortbread, or lemon cookies - I used 1 package of lemon shortbread cookies)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted*
  • For the Fudge:
  • 4 cups (2 bags) white chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 2-3 drops yellow food coloring, if desired
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff


  1. Mix cookie crumbs and butter and press into an 8x8 or 9x9 pan that has been coved with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool while you prepare filling.
  2. Place one cup of white chocolate chips in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place remaining 3 cups of white chocolate chips in a medium saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed milk and heat over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted.
  4. While you are cooking the chips and SCM in the pan, place the bowl of chips in the microwave and heat, on 50% power, for about 1-2 minutes, stirring each 30 seconds.
  5. Once the chips and SCM in the pan have melted, remove from heat and stir in lemon extract and food coloring. Pour over crust.
  6. Working quickly, stir fluff into the white chocolate chips you melted in the microwave. The chocolate will seize a little, but that’s okay. If needed, microwave an additional 15 seconds to help the mixture stir together. Drop chunks of the fluff mixture on top of the lemon fudge and use a knife or offset spatula to swirl into the top. Cool on counter for about 10-15 minutes and then chill until set. Slice and serve.


I used lemon shortbread cookies with a high butter content. Therefore, I didn’t need very much butter to get them to bind together. If you use a cookie that isn’t as buttery, you may need an extra tablespoon or two of butter. When you mix the crumbs and butter, the mixture should press together easily in your hands. If it falls apart, add a little more butter.

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199 Responses to “Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge”

  1. The Witch's Kitchen posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm (#)

    Laughing gas all the way!

    They know not even to come within 5 feet of me until I’m so gassed up that I can’t lift my arms. This came after I seriously backhanded the dentist when he came at me with a needle.

    Pie looks FANTASTIC!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! And thank you!


  2. Jenn posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm (#)

    Dang girl, I would have dentist issues too if I were you. Teeth pain is the worst. Your fudge looks amazing..


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  4. Ashton @ Something Swanky posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm (#)

    Um… TOTALLY AGREED on all dental points mentioned above!! And this fudge looks SO incredible! Lemon is SUCH and weakness of mine. But with crust and fluff????? omg…………


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Ashton! I know. Crust and Fluff. Two of the most magical words in the language…


  5. Baking Serendipity posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm (#)

    Ugh. I so hate the dentist. It seems like no matter how hard I try, I always end up with cavities. Maybe because I’d eat way too much of things like this fudge? :) Lemon makes me think of summer, and I love that right now!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      That’s probably my problem too, lol!


  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm (#)

    Woah. And there is the lemon I’ve been waiting for! I love this! And this crust I can handle…way easier than a pie crust :)
    As for the dentist…is it weird then for me to admit I freaking love the dentist? I wish I could go more than my every 6 months! I know, right? Who loves the dentist??? Yep, this girl.
    Would it also be funny if I admitted when I was in 7th grade I had a cavity (not my first, and not my last), but I had it filled with no novacaine. I had a cheering event and didn’t want my mouth numb. (are you more shocked that I had no drugs or that I was a cheerleader)?!?!
    ANywhooo…did I mention I love this fudge????


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I believe you were a cheerleader. Totally! (I was too, for a year.) Can you just move here and go to the dentist for me???


  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm (#)

    Ok, the saying great minds thing alike is really true:-) Guess what fudge I made over the weekend? Yup, you guessed it…lemon meringue:-) I love that you added a crust to yours though. It looks awesome that way, just like real pie!!!! And the dentist…I don’t mind going. I’m not crazy like Aimee and like to go, but I don’t mind it.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      I can’t wait to see it Jocelyn! Great minds DO think alike. :)


  8. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm (#)

    Love your dental stories! Does anyone actually like going to the dentist?? I had my wisdom teeth pulled and I woke up with 2 black eyes. Maybe my dentist didn’t like me either?? LOL

    I love this fudge recipe. Lemon is such a refreshing taste and gives me a break from chocolate. Thanks for posting! I’ll totally make this!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      LOL, how does that happen??? Thanks so much Meghan!


  9. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm (#)

    Okay, this looks crazy good. Love that you put a crust on your fudge! And it looks so light and fluffy…almost like there are no calories involved! :-) I’m with Jocelyn, I don’t mind the dentist, but I certainly don’t like to go like Aimee does.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Toooootally. Calorie free!


  10. Susan posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm (#)

    Too funny! I’ve never had novacaine…don’t need it. Seems I was apparently born with a very high threshold for pain and have had crowns down, root canals, and fillings without it. I have a great dentist and she says she tells all her patient’s about me–the freak of nature!
    Now that fudge looks divine and I can almost taste it. XOXO


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      You and my husband would fit well together! I’m a little jealous!


  11. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#)

    So Much Fudge Tonight! I am in heaven! I have Dentist Issues also. Mine growing up was my Uncle. So you would think it would be a nice experience with a family member. NOPE! I hope that you never have a bad dentist again! = )


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Me too, and you neither! Thanks Chandra!


  12. Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm (#)

    This looks amazing Dorothy–love it, and am pinning!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks for the pin Sherry! :)


  13. Melissa posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm (#)

    This looks so good! Lemon pie fudge, oh my. The dentist, however can bite it. Every time I go they find something wrong with my teeth, yeah, buddy guess what you ain’t touching my teeth until something hurts! My childhood dentist was horrible, he was a big fat man and would not use novicane. The whole time he drilled he would say “do you want me to give you a shot?”. What 6 year old is going to say yes to that? So he would lay on me to keep me still and drill, baby drill. What I can’t figure out is why how I can even walk into a dentist nowadays after that torture.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      LOL, I can’t help but chuckle! Thanks Melissa!


  14. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on November 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm (#)

    I love you. And I understand completely your distaste for the dentist. While I never had bad dental experiences (even though, one time, during a tooth-pull, I DO remember being conscious.. yuck), my dad has AWFUL experiences with dentistry since my grandma went to the least qualified person EVER in probably the shadiest dentist “office” ever to save a buck when he was a kid. Needless to say, I think we finally found a dentist who does cleanings with gases! I’ll give you their #–don’t let me forget! Anywho, this fudge looks awesome. I would totally gum the hell out of it.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      I told Mel, if I ever need another Root Canal, I’ll be put under. Like, totally asleep. I couldn’t handle it again!


  15. Karen posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm (#)

    This looks awesome! I only had two cavities and no big issues until this August – cracked a molar that had an amalgam filling. I had a composite filling put in as a “wait and see” approach. Filling was adjusted three times due to high spots by a different dentist and still have issues two months later of some pain when I chew on hard stuff, like seeds. I am afraid at the thought of RTC.


    • Karen replied on November 27th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      sorry for the two entries. I had spelled RCT wrong and tried to correct, but I was too late.


  16. Karen posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm (#)

    This looks awesome! I only had two cavities and no big issues until this August – cracked a molar that had an amalgam filling. I had a composite filling put in as a “wait and see” approach. Filling was adjusted three times due to high spots by a different dentist and still have issues two months later of some pain when I chew on hard stuff, like seeds. I am afraid at the thought of RCT


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      ME TOO! Which is why I’ve avoided the new crown. 😐


  17. The Hill Hangout posted on November 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm (#)

    Oh my stars, this looks amazing! Your pics brought me over from Whimsy Wednesday. I’m definitely pinning so I can make this soon!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks for the pin! And enjoy!


  18. Tash@TheVelvetMoonBaker posted on November 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm (#)

    oh my go this is GENIUS! I love shortbread, totally on a shortbread crave right now so this is just the ticket 😀


  19. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:11 am (#)

    Love this fudge! I also like the idea of swirling the meringue in. I don’t know many people who actually like going to the dentist …. But going now is a lot different than when I was a kid – it’s not as “scary”.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Oh, I still think it’s scary, lol. But mostly because I have to pay for it now. :)


  20. Sarah C. posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:33 am (#)

    First of all – I love your humor! Second, sorry about the tooth. Third, my dad, and I will love these puppies!


  21. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:34 am (#)

    love the adorable “pie” slices of this fudge Dorothy! I am OBSESSED – read: OBSESSED with lemon meringue pie – or really, any lemon-y desserts. An dI love making fudge – esp fudge that tastes like other desserts lol. 😉 So many pretty swirls on top!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Sally! I’m becoming more and more obsessed with lemon too. Like, I want it ALL THE TIME.


  22. Liz posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:47 am (#)

    I loooovvveeee all things lemon but I’ve never seen it in a fudge. Must try soon…..pinned!


  23. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:02 am (#)

    I hate the dentist but mine is amazing, so I have to say it could be worse and those little tiny pie slices are adorable!


  24. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:26 am (#)

    Love the addition of the crust :)


  25. Danny posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:27 am (#)

    This is genius — the combo sounds wonderful. I never would have thought of lemon meringue mixed with fudge but it just seems lighter than normal fudge. I was also a kid when I fell on my face and broke my front tooth — root canal as well. I share in your pain! :)


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Danny! It tasted a little lighter…although I ate, like, 4 pounds, so who knows. 😉


  26. Lisa posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:39 am (#)

    Dorothy. It is a long standing fact on my mother’s side of the family that nothing good comes from going to the dentist. So I didn’t. For NINE years. Nine. I ended up with nine cavities. I still stand by my original decision.


  27. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:09 am (#)

    Oh my GOOOOSSSSHHHHH!!!! This looks so so good, I love how you cut the fudge into little pie shapes. And yeah, what’s up with men and trying to be all, man-ish? Seriously… drugs are for a reason!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      I was pretty amazed at myself that I came up with that, lol. Thanks Shawn!


  28. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:16 am (#)

    Oh man, I feel for you! HOW do we get ‘professionals’ like that? Like they bribed some seedy official to sign off on their re-certification/continuing education classes.
    What I don’t feel bad about is that you’ve already gotten to have your fill of this fudge, while I’m left here wishing I had some!


  29. Joan@Chocolateandmore posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:41 am (#)

    OMG, I don’t care about your dentist woes, I just want this fudge. I really am drooling right now. I had another fudge I wanted to make this week but I think it';s going to have to get bumped. Crust on (really under) fudge, genius!


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      It’s my favorite thing to do. Crust works on anything. It’s like the little black dress of dessert. :)


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  31. Kristin posted on November 28, 2012 at 8:52 am (#)

    This dessert was meant for my mom, Pinning it!


  32. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on November 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm (#)

    I knocked my front tooth up into my head when I was two, and my oldest did the same thing. It seems to be genetic 😉 I avoid the dentist like the plague so when I go, it’s always bad news.

    I think my heart stopped when I saw your fudge. SO gorgeous. Probably the most gorgeous fudge I’ve ever seen.

    PS- What program do you use now to edit your photos? Your fonts are way better than mine…


  33. shannon posted on November 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm (#)

    This idea is brilliant! I’m totally making it very very soon! :)


  34. Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm (#)

    This looks so wonderful and I absolutely cannot wait to try it!


  35. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm (#)

    I have dentist issues too that started before I needed braces. They pulled 6 of my teeth out to make room. All the needles. *shudder* Then the orthodontist slipped with his pliers in my mouth – not so good.

    After thinking about those memories, I’ll need some of this fudge. And you totally went there with the crust. I love that you’ve used lemon shortbread for the crust. But meringue in the fudge.. genius. Love it.


    • crazyforcrust replied on November 28th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Oh man! How horrible! You definitely need fudge. :)


  36. Back For Seconds posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm (#)

    Yikes! You have had some truly awful dental experiences. On the bright side you make some mean fudge! I love the crust. I looooove the photos. And I really love that this fudge totally looks like the real pie! So awesome, girl!


  37. megan posted on November 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm (#)

    ok, this had me cracking up. The dentist is my least favorite place ever. PS – I had braces twice too! Anyway, this looks absolutely delicious – lemon desserts are my fave!! Pinning this!


  38. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on November 29, 2012 at 2:18 am (#)

    This is THE most amazing fudge recipe I’ve every seen, Dorothy! And reading the first few paragraphs about your experience with the dentist almost made me pass out… I spent 30 minutes crying outside the dentist, when the only reason I was going there was to have a cavity filled! You’re definitely right about this fudge – even if all my teeth drop out because I never go to the dentist ever again, I’ll still be able to eat it!


  39. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on November 29, 2012 at 9:38 am (#)

    Don’t get me started on the dentist! My brother used to call me snaggle tooth. So lets just say there was a lot of time spent at the dentist and ortho. Then my hubby decided to not go to the dentist for 7 years before he married me. Ended up with half a tooth, followed by a root canal, multiple fillings, a crown and $5000 less in savings. UGH. Dentists.


  40. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:36 am (#)

    I’d have issues if I had all that dental experience! I guess I didn’t know how lucky I was! I’m really hoping it stays that way…I’m lucky because I have an aunt that cleans my teeth for me and that’s about all I do.

    Seriously, fudge with crust is an amazing idea!


  41. michelle posted on November 30, 2012 at 11:52 am (#)

    from your fudge board to mine! how am i just seeing these cute little pie slices of yum?


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  43. Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm (#)

    This looks amazing! I love shortbread and fudge. How can it be wrong? And I loved your post too!


  44. Tamsyn posted on December 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm (#)

    Oh yum, I can not wait to try out this recipe! Thanks for sharing :)


  45. HungryLittleGirl posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm (#)

    Congratulations! You have won a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame with this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! I will send you a private mail on Facebook with the details!


  46. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates posted on December 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm (#)

    Yikes – sorry about all your dental problems! I have mostly had good experiences though I now have 3 crowns and am just in my early 40’s. Starting to wonder if I should just get the false teeth now – LOL! Oh my yum to the fudge – wow!! My hubs would love this so much!


  47. Alana posted on December 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I am pinning it :)


  48. Brnd posted on December 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm (#)

    Just love ur website and all ur receipes and of course the ranting ,raving, and funnyiness! Best of luck with the dentist. I had a dentist that I loved for 20 some odd years, would come back from CA once a year just to have him clean my teeth! First time I meet him, he had a Ronald McDonald Wig on (u know that Rainbow one on!) anyway…I’ve bite him a zillion times,…not meaning too, but when they say Bite down…I do! (LOL) . He retired alas and I’ve got another one that is very nice too and of course I’ve bit him too!!! did I mention I have very sharp teeth? anyway best wishes with a good dentist, they will keep ur heart healthy by eliminating plaque the same stuff that clogs ur keep going! Still have most of my teeth at 55 yeah had one wisdom tooth removed!


  49. Tammy posted on December 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm (#)

    Oh wow, that looks so good! I definitely have to try it.


  50. Lisa @hoopla palooza posted on December 5, 2012 at 11:42 am (#)

    oh my! oh MY! OH MY!!!!!!!!


  51. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm (#)

    Featuring tonight Dorothy!


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  53. Michelle posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm (#)

    OMG this looks amazing! I love anything lemon and can’t wait to try this! YUM. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful rest of the week


  54. Beth @ Hungry Happenings posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm (#)

    Oh, I can totally relate to your dentist horrors. I hate to say it but I had to sue my dentist after he caused a problem that resulted in loosing three teeth and having to replace them with very expensive implants. It was a nightmare. I should have listened to my gut when I first met this quack. I always felt he didn’t know what he was doing, and I was right. The good news; I won the lawsuit and got just enough money to cover my dental bills. I think dentists are much like auto mechanics. I don’t feel like I can trust too many of them. If my old dentist wanted a new car, he would tell me I had three more cavities that needed filled. If he waned to go to Hawaii, I needed a root canal. My new dentist is great and I’m so happy I found him, but I still have lots of reservations just like you.


    • Beth @ Hungry Happenings replied on December 7th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Oh, and the fudge looks amazing!!!


      • crazyforcrust replied on December 7th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        Thank you Beth! And that dentist story. WOW!! That’s crazy with a capital insane.

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  56. Kim Bee posted on December 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh I saw this one Joan’s site and about passed out. This is stunning. I need to make this asap. Such beautiful photos too.


  57. Regina posted on December 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm (#)

    OMGOSH…there are very few things in the world that I am actually afraid of but the DENTIST is one of them. Please forgive but I so had to just skim through that part of your post. LOL I feel ya and I would be hollaring for drugs, gas or perhaps both in large quantities!!

    Now as far as the fudge recipe…thank you thank you thank you very much for sharing it with us. I am going to put this on my Christmas goodies list for sure.



    • crazyforcrust replied on December 11th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      I don’t blame you one bit for skipping that part! lol :)


      • Linda replied on April 19th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        My dentist uses GAS …othewise I would never make it in the door to have anything done. You need to find a dentist who uses GAS and you can trust.. I can tell you a good one if you want to come to Houston

        • Dorothy Kern replied on April 20th, 2013 at 7:05 pm

          Seriously, I’m to that point! :) Thanks Linda!

  58. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on December 23, 2012 at 5:08 am (#)

    Mmmm….this looks fabulous! Pinning this right now!


  59. Pam posted on January 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#)

    This looks so incredible! We are headed to the grocery store tomorrow morning! Yummy!


    • crazyforcrust replied on January 7th, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Enjoy! It’s goooood. :)


      • Pam replied on January 13th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        It truly is! We made it and then I blogged about it today. :) Linked to your page.

  60. Sue posted on January 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm (#)

    Does this have to be kept refrigerated? Hope not, I would love to mail some to family!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 9th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I think it would last okay, depending on where it’s going. It stays pretty firm, even when room temp. Try to mail it on a Monday, that way it’ll be sure to get there faster, without a weekend interrupting it! :)


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  63. Cookie posted on January 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#)

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it!

    We don’t have marshmallow fluff in Oz as far as I know, do you think this would be a suitable replacement? I like to make things from scratch as much as possible, so bring it right back to the start just feels like a fun challenge! :-)

    Looking forward to hearing from you, would love a different recipe if that one’s not the best! Thank you!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 24th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Totally that would work! It might behave a little differently because it’s not processed like manufactured fluff is, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know if it does! :)


    • Rebecca replied on February 14th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Marshmallow Fluff is now available at Woolworths in Australia, only a very recent thing that I thought was a little crazy until I saw this recipe!!


      • Dorothy Kern replied on February 15th, 2013 at 6:29 am

        Yeah! I could eat Fluff with a spoon. :)

      • Jenni replied on April 17th, 2013 at 2:08 am

        Thank you for posting that, i’m in Aus too and had no idea what it was, so decided I couldn’t make it. Now I can :)

        • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2013 at 7:17 am

          You’re welcome!

    • Griffon replied on July 25th, 2013 at 6:21 am

      If you can’t find fluff in woolies, the reject shop stocks it in SA at least


    • Jasmine replied on September 5th, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Actually we do have Fluff in Aus Rebecca and Jenni :) Woolworths sells it as does the Reject Shop and Cheap As Chips. They even have strawberry fluff as well as the original :)


      • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am

        Strawberry fluff???? WANT!

        • Jasmine replied on September 7th, 2013 at 1:02 am

          lol, yeah its pretty good Dorothy lol :)

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  66. Kim posted on April 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    There is only one problem with your story that you relate from when you were 2 years old. You said that you had a root canal from falling on your tooth. I quote from your post “When I was two, I fell on my face and killed my front tooth. It required a root canal (which is my first memory) and I then lived with a green front tooth until, oh, I think first grade.” It is impossible to have a root canal at the age of 2 years old, since the tooth at that age has NO ROOT. Anyhow, otherwise a charming story…


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Well, it’s not impossible, since I had one. :) They did something to make the tooth stay in so I wouldn’t be without a tooth for so many years. Maybe it was a different name, but that’s what the dentist and my parents and everyone called it! And I remember it very clearly. :)


      • Jenn replied on April 17th, 2013 at 6:27 am

        I also had a root canal at the age of 2…not fun and I have had a grand fear of dentists ever since…..since I was so young, they did it apparently without any drugs….though no memory of that…my mother tells me the stories though….ugh….my tooth was brown not green until it fell out…kindergarten…..I fell into a car door with mine……I feel your pain….

        • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2013 at 7:07 am

          Ugh – my memories exactly. Thanks for your comment Jenn!

    • Cindy replied on August 30th, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Please note: it is possible to have a root canal @ that age. As I am in the dental field.
      (Pediatric root canal) it saves the space for your secondary tooth to come in, as not to disrupt spacing.
      So it is not uncommon or unheard of as we do a lot of these……. So before you accuse someone of telling tales, I suggest you do some research!!! Now back to your recipes & site I Love it:)


  67. Amanda posted on April 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm (#)

    I came for the fudge but the dentist I cry. I was actually told by one that the reason I had bad teeth was because I was fat.
    Then one tried to talk me into drilling out all of my cavities for those fancy white fillings. the one I let him do I discovered I am allergic!
    But my current dentist uses gas for cleanings and that is why I chose him. He gets me!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 17th, 2013 at 7:17 am

      OMG what a jerk!! I’m glad you have a good one now. :)


  68. Jennifer posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm (#)

    I really want to make this but what is marshmellow fluff? I am in NewZealand and have never heard of it….


  69. pam posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm (#)

    OMG…I totally could’ve written this post. Hate the dentist. And have had one quack that messed up my six front teeth! After writing that, I need fudge. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 18th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      Ugh dentist problems. BOO! Thanks for the comment!


  70. Cynthia posted on April 20, 2013 at 11:14 am (#)

    Wow, the comments have really gotten off track for this recipe. I just wanted to comment on the fudge. (Admittedly, however, your story was scary, yet funny.)

    Okay, for the fudge… what are the words I’m looking for… oh yea….. OH MY GOD!!! This fudge is friggin’ amazing! I thought I had done something wrong when I couldn’t spread the “meringue” but I pulled your blog up and noticed that I did exactly what you did (you would have thought I would have read the entire blog before I tried this recipe, but I didn’t. Truthfully, someone shared just the recipe on Facebook and I went from there.)

    This fudge has a truly amazing flavor, or should I say flavors. I had a hard time finding lemon shortbread cookies, but I did find lemon cookies from Pepperidge Farm. I used premium white chocolate (none of that bark stuff for me). And your tip about adding an additional 15 seconds in the microwave when trying to mix the fluff with the chocolate was perfect.

    The bottom line…. this is a prize winning recipe that I just may have to steal and enter in the Orange County Fair (giving you all the credit of course)!

    Thanks so much for posting this and all the other nummies I’m just discovering on your blog. I’ll be back for more!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 20th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you! I love the idea of the lemon cookies, and the premium white chocolate. Thank you so much for coming and telling me! :)


  71. Cindy @ posted on May 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm (#)

    I officially hate you! Just kidding, I want to make this so bad! Have you ever made lemonies? They’re the lemon version of brownies.. I recently did a post of 10 lemon recipes, too bad I didn’t see this one to include it. I’d love to try this.. NOW!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 12th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I did a sort of version recently!! SO good… :)


  72. Barbara Melton posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:49 am (#)

    this looks absolutely HEAVENLY, I will definitely be trying this recipe. Thank you for posting it. I’m sorry about your dentist troubles, I did however do some chuckling when it came to your husbands way of thinking lol I hope you find a good dentist soon, or at least one that you can trust.


  73. Melissa posted on May 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm (#)

    Where has this been all my life?


  74. Ramona K posted on May 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm (#)

    Walmart sells Lemon Meringue marshmallows. Do you think I can use them instead of the fluff?



    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 31st, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      They might not spread much – the topping would probably be more like a marshmallow puffy topping. I’ve had troubles with melting marshmallows and chocolate together. But if you try it, let me know how it turns out!


  75. Paula posted on June 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm (#)

    I saw the pic of these…showed the pic to the man….asked if he’d like me to make them…he immediately said OH YEAH…lol…they turned out looking almost exactly as yours do! it was a fairly easy recipe to follow..I used the whole jar of fluff though…I shouldn’t have…it just seemed easier than measuring it. Never worked with fluff before..STICKY stuff!!!! Anyways…the man loved them! :) Thanks for the recipe they’re pinned on my “favourite recipes ” board :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you!! I’m so glad! And I know, sticky messy stuff! It gets all over everything!


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  78. PAM posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:30 am (#)

    Hi there, yes Woolies does have marshmellow fluff here in Australia, can also buy a similar product from The Reject Shop.
    How long in advance can I make this recipe?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      It lasted a few days in the refrigerator!


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  81. Cindy posted on August 30, 2013 at 8:01 am (#)

    So Sorry, I forgot to mention the terminology for pediatric root canal, it is called a Pulpotomy !!!!


  82. Carlee posted on September 14, 2013 at 9:00 am (#)

    I, too, share your fear of dentists and the pain associated with it! Your recipe looks devine!


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  84. June posted on September 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm (#)

    OMG these look DIVINE!! Anything lemon dessert is my favorite!! Question though, can you use Meyer lemon juice instead of extract? Maybe even throw in some lemon zest?? Does the extract taste artificial at all? I use Penzey’s spices so I’m sure there’s is genuine extract but I try and use ‘from the source’ as much as possible.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

      You could try using some lemon juice, but not too much. Too much liquid will make the chocolate not firm up. I often have trouble with lemon juice – if you don’t add enough you just don’t taste it, which is why I added the extract. I didn’t find the taste artificial, but I don’t usually notice those things. :) Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!


      • Jess replied on November 16th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        I found this recipe really tasty and easy thank you! and it turns out just like yours in the picture which doesn’t always happen when I am cooking! I used Rice biscuits for the base which you can buy here in Australia as some of my family are gluten free and it still turned out great! I did find the lemon extract a little artificial as I hadn’t used it before, how much lemon juice would you recommend to use instead? 1 or 2 tablespoons?
        Thank you :)

        • Dorothy Kern replied on November 17th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

          I’m actually going to be making this again soon with lemon juice instead of extract. I’ve used put to 2 tablespoons of liquids in fudge before before it starts altering the texture. Otherwise you need to add more chocolate. :)

  85. niky posted on October 2, 2013 at 1:56 am (#)

    Just wondering if I can use something instead of chocolate as im allergic. Tyia


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 2nd, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Hmmm…I’ve never made fudge without the chocolate. You may have to find a cooked fudge recipe (one that uses sugar and butter instead). I’m sorry!


  86. nikki posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm (#)

    How long does this take to set? Just made it an hour ago and it’s very runny yet!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 13th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I usually chill fudge in the refrigerator to set for several hours! It takes a long time for the chocolate to harden back up.


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  89. Lisa posted on December 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm (#)

    I used about 2 teaspoons of real granulated lemon powder (brand name True Lemon) and it turned out oh so lemony!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 15th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      That’s a great idea Lisa! I’ve never seen that powder, I’ll have to look!


  90. Erin posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm (#)

    How long will this keep? You know, if I dont eat it all first :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 17th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      I would say a few days on the counter, a little longer in the fridge. I’ve frozen fudge with success too (not this one, but others). :)


      • Jeneanne replied on February 20th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

        Does this fudge freeze well? I know you said ” I’ve frozen fudge with success too (not this one, but others).” Does that mean that you’ve frozen this fudge and it didn’t work out, or that you haven’t tried to freeze this one?

        • Dorothy Kern replied on February 20th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

          I’ve never frozen this one, but I have frozen others with success! :)

  91. Tina Burton posted on January 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm (#)

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! I added some lemon zest to the fudge, and then a sprinkling of the zest on top of the meringue part and it was SO wonderful! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 12th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Delish Tina!!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  92. Jessica posted on January 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm (#)

    I had really high hopes for this recipe, but was a little disappointed. While I am not an expert cook, I am a fairly accomplished baker, and I just struggled with this recipe. I could not get the chocolate chips to melt down completely, even after quite a bit of time over med-low heat and constant stirring. Also, despite the low temp and constant stirring, I was still ending up with bits of brown overcooked milk/chocolate in the mix. The fluff and chocolate mixed up just exactly as the recipe stated, needing an extra 15 seconds which did indeed help, but it did not spread at all on top of the fudge. It was just too thick and ended up sinking into the fudge mixture and the amount of swirling I needed to do to semi-incorporate it just ended up mixing it all together too much. I have yet to taste it, but I’m sure it will taste great–just simply the aesthetics did not pan out. I think I will try again and maybe melt down the chocolate in a double-boiler first, then adding the milk and heat through to ensure the chips are completely melted? Also, will microwaving the fluff mixture for more than 15 sec make it even easier to spread, eliminating the “clumps” that don’t want to spread/swirl? Any thoughts? All in all, an intriguing recipe and definitely worth a second chance!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 27th, 2014 at 8:08 am

      I know that sometimes I have trouble with white chocolate chips. If they happen to be older, or if they’ve gotten at all melted at some point and then hardened again, they just don’t want to melt. I have never had that problem with fudge (yet!) but I know that sometimes adding a little oil or crisco can help smooth it out. Sometimes it just can’t be saved which is just so annoying! I’m sorry that happened to you for this recipe. As for the fluff, it is somewhat clumpy. I dropped it in blobs on top to swirl it when I first made this fudge. I have just re-made it recently, but haven’t had a chance to update the recipe yet. What I did was pour about 2/3 of the fudge into the pan, then I added the fluff to the remaining fudge in the pan and swirled it, then poured it on top. It still gave that meringue look, but made it easier to spread. I’ll update that today. :)


      • Jessica replied on January 27th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

        I think you hit the nail on the head–my chocolate chips were older and that’s probably what the problem was. Also, I think that’s a great idea with the fluff–I’ve since tried the first batch of fudge, and despite the minor issues, it was DELICIOUS! So I’m having a second go at it–with fresh chocolate chips–and will implement the suggestions and see how it goes. Regardless, I know it’s going to be yummy! Thanks!

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  95. Petro posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm (#)

    Hi We do not have marshmallow fluff in South-Africa, so I was just wondering what is it and is there a alternative?
    Thank you


  96. Patricia @ ButterYum posted on September 25, 2014 at 5:20 am (#)

    Yummo on the awesome fudge recipe, but you poor thing – how horrible.  It’s amazing you’re willing to go back to a dentist after all you’ve been through.  Next time, check Angie’s List. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 25th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Right? I got lucky with this one I have now *crosses fingers*. Thanks Patricia!


  97. Elizabeth posted on November 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm (#)

    So here I sit looking up cookies and goodies to bake. I want to eat them all, but cannot…you see, I had a root canal and a crown placed years ago…and the tooth ended up rotting…followed by pulling the tooth, and needing a bone graft in my jaw….which of course…wait for it….the graft is rejecting and is infected…oh what thrills…12 days of constant jaw and mouth pain. The stitches are driving me nuts….I would just pull all my teeth and end this life long misery of my many problems with braces, empty socket, a dentist breaking my jaw and an abscess from a root canal that made my whole face swell during my fathers funeral…but they would most likely become infected too. so, guess I am saying…”I GET IT”…but fudge is one thing I might be able to eat…LOL Thanks for sharing 


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  99. Jacqueline posted on November 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm (#)

    I laughed so hard that I cried for this post!Thanks!To me ,the dentist also equals hell!Love lemon though,will definitely try this!


  100. Katie posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm (#)

    =( This fudge looked amazing but I just made it and I think my lack of timing and inexperience got the best of me!! It isn’t lemon-y at all and my crust literally fell apart. It tastes great as a white chocolate fudge (with a hint of lemon) but next time I’ll have to figure out how to juice up the lemon factor X1000!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 9th, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Did you use extract Katie? That’s how I find it’s best to get the super lemon factor, without ruining the chocolate. This recipe is also in my book and I added a little lemon juice, but the extract is really where the flavor is!


      • Katie replied on December 9th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        I actually used 2 tsp. of the extract. I think next time I will take your suggestion the lemon juice though as I am a lemon addict and need more tang! The lemon flavor was more obvious after I cut it and let it sit a tiny bit so it wasn’t stone cold. Made them for treats in the reception area where I work and they were a hit! Thanks!

  101. Shiree posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:55 am (#)

    Such an awesome idea and completely adorable looking like mini pies. Can you do this with a graham cracker crust?


  102. Del posted on December 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm (#)

    I made this today.   The packages only held 1 and 1/2 cups.  What is up with that mallow stuff.  Never used it before.  


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 21st, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I’ve learned over the years that not all chocolate chip bags are created equal. Usually they say on the outside of the bag how many chips are in them, usually the 12 ounce ones are about 2 cups. I always buy extra just in case!


  103. fun+size+wife posted on January 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm (#)

    My childhood dentist was a sadist. I actually bit him once because he wouldn’t stop when I gave him “the signal”. I wouldn’t apologize either. This fudge is so pretty and after this ice storm melts, I’m going to the grocery store! Thank you!


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  105. Terri posted on February 8, 2015 at 1:18 am (#)

    Do the cookie crusts get soft and gooey after a little bit, or do they stay normal?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 8th, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Mine stayed normal…but this didn’t last more than a few days because we ate it all! :)


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  109. Juith posted on April 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm (#)

    What is fluff in the cooking world?
    Thank you.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 6th, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      It’s marshmallow fluff, like spreadable marshmallows.


  110. Judith posted on April 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm (#)

    I live in Switzerland. I have never heard of “spreadable marshmallows” either but thanks for telling me.


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