This fudge icing is perfect for dipping or spreading over cookies for a chocolaty delicious finish that is stackable. Your cookie trays just got an upgrade!
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.
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:
- Come hungry and leave full
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!
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.
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.
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 Fudge Icing for Stackable Cookies
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoon butter
- ½ cup milk
- 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
- In a double boiler melt chocolate chips, butter and milk stirring frequently until the mixture is melted.
- Whisk in the powdered sugar until completely incorporated and smooth.
- 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.