Gingerbread Fudge

This Gingerbread fudge tastes just like gingerbread cookie dough!

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My post today was going to be all about Thanksgiving and Black Friday. But, some things don’t always happen as planned. Holidays don’t always go like you think they will.

I try to be all bubbles and happy smiles here on Crazy for Crust. And, 99% of the time I am. We all have bad days, and when we turn to the internet for entertainment, we want happy.

Instead of writing all about how I’d hoped to be mowing down other women in my quest for a Lego Friends house that costs more than it should, I’m going to dedicate this post to my Father-in-Law, Mark, who passed away last Tuesday.

Mark loved sweets. His favorite thing at the holidays were sugar cookies. Every Christmas I make a double batch of cut-out sugar cookies, because I have to give him his own tin, or he’d eat all of the ones of the platter on the dessert table.

A few years ago I started getting creative for him at his birthday. Sugar cookie bars, sugar cookie bark, Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles. Whenever we’d go up to see him and my mother-in-law I always brought dessert. Always.

He would have loved this fudge. It’s like gingerbread cookie dough. But in fudge.

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After I made the Pecan Pie Fudge last week, I started thinking. What else could be substituted for sweetened condensed milk in the easy fudge recipe? (You know, chocolate chips + sweetened condensed milk = fudge.)

Well, guess what? Molasses can. Molasses and brown sugar and evaporated milk and spices and white chocolate chips.

Melt it all together…and it becomes fudge. That tastes like gingerbread cookie dough.

You can cut it into squares. Or be cute…and cut it into gingerbread men.

Gingerbread Fudge - tastes like cookie dough! | crazyforcrust.com

This fudge kind of blew me away. Like, it’s gingerbread fudge. It’s fudge…that tastes like gingerbread. *Mind blown*

Note that it’s a little softer than regular fudge, so you need to keep it chilled until ready to serve. But I actually prefer it this way. Regular easy fudge can sometimes get too hard. This has a distinctive chilled cookie dough flavor and texture.

Here’s a gift idea: buy some cookie cutters and cover the bottoms with foil, creating a sort of pan. Pour the hot fudge into the cookie cutters and let it chill, then wrap them up as gifts. You could give gingerbread fudge that look like gingerbread men in gingerbread men cookie cutters!

And since I’m totally obsessed with gingerbread at the moment, this is my favorite fudge ever.

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It would have been Mark approved, for sure. And it will be approved by the sweets lover in your family, I promise!

Gingerbread Fudge

Yield: 36-48 pieces

Gingerbread Fudge

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles, if desired

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place white chocolate chips, brown sugar, molasses, evaporated milk, and all spices in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine, then place over medium-low heat. Stir almost continuously until melted and smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
  3. Chill fudge to set. Note: this fudge is a little softer than normal fudge, so it should be kept in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Serving suggestion: cut into gingerbread men shapes for a fun treat!
  5. Gift suggestion: Buy cookie cutters in desired shapes. Line the bottoms with two laters of foil so the bottom is sealed, almost like a cookie-cutter shaped pan. Pour fudge into cookie cutters and decorate with sprinkles. Let set, then wrap in cellophane and give as gifts!
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We love you Maka, and we’ll miss you.

Maka and Jordan

Thanks for reading! And go give your loved ones a hug. <3

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Comments

  1. IT looks SO GOOD! I just got done making a gingerbread recipe tonite and have another one, too…both standby posts for this week and next. I could eat gingerbread flavored stuff all year and this fudge would be just the hot ticket. The texture…mmm! Pinned!

    Molasses and brown sugar and evaporated milk and spices and white chocolate chips <—- HEAVEN

  2. I’m so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. Sending you a big hug!

  3. So sorry for your loss, Dorothy. Your father in-law sounds like an awesome guy would with great taste! Hang in there!

    This fudge is pure genius! I mean, wow! I think you are fudge genius. I would go crazy for this stuff. Molasses and ginger is on of my favorite combos! YUM! Thanks for linking my Kahlua fudge!!
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  4. Wow, Dorothy!! :) This looks amazing! I need to make a batch of this asap. :) Pinned!
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  5. Sorry to hear about your loss. It’s hard anytime, but especially around the holidays. Thie fudge looks great and I love the idea of gingerbread flavor yum!
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  6. Sending you big hugs! <3 I'll be making this fudge this week for you… and Mark. :)
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  7. Hello! Thank you for this post and so sorry for your loss. I had a quick question about the recipe! Would it work or ruin the recipe if you added some corn starch and water mixture to thicken it slightly as it melts to give it more of a sturdy texture as it cools? I have not tried it but thought it could work! What are your thoughts on this?? Thanks!

    • Thanks Tracey! I’m not sure about the cornstarch, I’ve never used that in a fudge. Usually with easy fudge more chocolate chips will do the trick. I increased the recipe by 1/4 from what I used, because that would help with the softness. When in doubt, add another 1/4 cup!

  8. I’m sending you hugs across the miles!!! Love you girl and will be keeping you and your family in my prayers! I love this fun festive fudge…I am slowly getting onto the gingerbread treat train!!!!
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  9. Mary Brown says:

    Dorothy, so sorry for your loss.

  10. Your father in law sounds like he was a great guy, and it looks like Jordan and he were pretty good pals. So sweet. I’m so glad you have lots of good memories of him. Been praying for you and your family!
    This fudge looks divine, and it’s so pretty! I love your photos – awesome :)
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  11. I am SO sorry about your father in law Dorothy! I’m sure he would love this fudge, I know it does look SO flavorful and rich and delicious. Such an amazing gift!

  12. A very nice … and absolutely delicious-looking! … tribute to your father-in-law, Dorothy. I’m sure he would be licking his lips! Hugs to you and your family.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground
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  13. So sorry for your loss. Hope you and your family are doing okay?
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  14. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure you have many wonderful memories to stay with you through the years.
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  15. Gingerbread rocks and so does this fudge Dorothy! I’m sure he would have LOVED this fudge as he did all of your other treats. Hugs my friend!
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  16. cute gift idea, sounds yummy…and Im sure Mark approved..
    Hugs

  17. I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. This is a great tribute post. This fudge looks amazing. Pinned.

  18. This fudge looks amazing! I love gingerbread and fudge, so this is a perfect combo. I am so sorry for your loss… Sending thoughts to you and your family.
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  19. Dorothy, I’m so very sorry for your loss, he sounds like he was a great guy! {{HUGS}}

  20. I print most of your recipes for my file, and love that most include a photo. the gingerbread fudge photo is not on the printed recipe… just wanted to let you know.
    love your website!

  21. Gosh Dorothy, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. It makes it tougher around the holidays when you are supposed to be celebrating. I think it is so great that you celebrated life today!
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  22. I’m sorry your holidays were sidelined by sadness. But at least you’ll be able to remember him with every sugar cookie. I love the idea of this fudge, I haven’t worked with molasses at all, I think it’s time I added it to my pantry!
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  23. What a sweet tribute to your father-in-law. Sending hugs to your family through this difficult time. Thank you for including my Peppermint Patty Fudge :)
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  24. Wow. This looks so so tasty. I love that it’s softer than normal… I think that probably also makes it easier to eat it quickly! Perfect. ;) Sorry about your father-in-law. What a fun memory it will always be to make sugar cookies, though.
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  25. Its amazing how loss can make you even more grateful for the people around you who are healthy and safe. I’m so sorry for you and your family Dorothy, that would be so hard.
    I’m really liking this fudge! The density, the cookie dough texture – yum! And those sprinkles on top; perfection!

  26. Sending hugs, prayers and comfort. This time of year is filled with such great joy and sadness for a lot of people. It sounds like you have great memories to reflect on and smile forever about.

    This fudge looks outstanding, when fudge is around I have a hard time staying away from it!
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  27. Dorothy, I am so sorry to hear about your loss!! Your father-in-law sounds like he was an amazing man and definitely had some great taste!!

    This fudge also sounds absolutely divine!! I’ve been in a gingerbread mood lately and haven’t quite pinpointed what I wanted but I’m thinking it’s this fudge. I love that it stays on the softer side!!
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  28. I swear lady, your blog could get me into serious trouble:) ! ( IN A GOOD WAY!) This is a great recipe. I used to love how my mom would make us kids fresh gingerbread cake ( you know, the kind out of the box), each Christmas. It’s to this date one of my favorite smells. I’ll have to make this fudge for her, she’ll love it!!! BEAUTIFUL photos!
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  29. I am so sorry Dorothy, for you, Mel, and Jordan. but I bet he would have loved this fudge
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  30. Awh, Dot.. so sorry to hear about your loss :( Mark definitely had great taste — your sugar cookie bark is phenomenal, and I don’t blame him for hoarding anything sugar cookie related every holiday season. I would, too! And I’m sure he’s super duper proud of this amazing fudge! Gingerbread fudge that has the texture of cookie dough? Sign me up! I totally didn’t realize you could sub molasses for scmilk in this recipe.. GENIUS!

    Hang in there, honey! If you need me, you know where to find me! *HUGS!*
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  31. I love this recipe and I plan on making it as teachers’ gifts? I wwant to cut it in squares. Do you know where I could purchase a few small candy boxes? Or any ideas on how to present the squares?

  32. Omg, I need this gingerbread fudge in my life! I love gingerbread and these will be the perfect treats to hand out to family and friends (hoping I don’t eat it all myself!).
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  33. Dorothy, I’m sorry for your family’s loss. It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved one, especially around the holidays. I hope your family can still find some happy memories to celebrate during the Christmas season. And your stepfather-in-law is definitely smiling down at you and your cute fudge; I bet he wishes he could have an entire tin of that along with your sugar cookies!
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  34. Kelley O'Brien says:

    I’m SO happy I found your site! I ran right out and bought the ingredients to make gingerbread fudge for Christmas. My dad is going to love it! Thank you!

  35. Just made this last night…seriously delicious!! I’m adding this recipe to our holiday baking list…thank you! :)

  36. Kelley O'Brien says:

    Shazam! Just ate a few pieces after making this earlier today. It’s SO good! My husband and son both love it. It’s going to be our new Christmas treat for sure. Thanks again!

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