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Chocolate Fudge Icing for Stackable Cookies

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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!

sugar cookies shaped like donuts and donut holes with fudge icing and sprinkles.

      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.

donut shaped sugar cookies with chocolate icing and sprinkles

     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:

  1. Come hungry and leave full
  2. Cookies!

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!

stack of chocolate iced donut shaped sugar cookies on platter

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.

double boiler with fudge icing next to baking sheet filled with freshly dipped donut shaped cookies

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.

butter pecan crescent cookie dipped in fudge icing.

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!

Yield: 36 Servings

Chocolate Fudge Icing for Stackable Cookies

donut shaped sugar cookies with setting fudge icing and sprinkles on top

This fudgy frosting is perfect for dipping or spreading over cookies for a chocolaty delicious finish that is stackable. Your cookie trays just got an upgrade!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler melt chocolate chips, butter and milk stirring frequently until the mixture is melted.
  2. Whisk in the powdered sugar until completely incorporated and smooth.
  3. 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.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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I'd love to see it! Share a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and tag me @carleecooks to let me know how it went!

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!

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Lynda

Friday 28th of May 2021

Thanks for sharing your chocolate fudge icing recipe. I can’t wait to try! May I know if this frosting melts easily under room temperature in tropics say 30-35 degree C ? Or perhaps I’ll add less butter for it to be more solid like and less melty?

Carlee

Friday 28th of May 2021

It is pretty stable once it sets. I can't say I've had it in weather quite that warm, so I can't promise but I would love to hear how it goes. You could certainly try reducing the butter a bit, just keep the frosting warm while you are working with it so it doesn't set before you are ready.

Taylor Swift World

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Also, I was wondering if there was a replacement for milk? Water, or soy milk?

Carlee

Sunday 19th of July 2020

I haven't tried either, but again it should work in theory.

Taylor Swift World

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Hello, this looks very good. ^-^ Do you think I could use vegetable shortening instead of butter? Thank you!!

Carlee

Sunday 19th of July 2020

I've never tried it, but I can't see why it wouldn't work.

Andrea Nine

Friday 15th of May 2020

Oh my goodness, yes, we loved these. I made them last time you shared them. So cute and literally the perfect frosting. Have a great weekend!

Carlee

Thursday 21st of May 2020

YAY! I am so glad you liked them!

Unknown

Thursday 7th of April 2016

Wow!!! These cooking look absolutely fantastic! I love that frosting :) Thank you for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays!

Carlee

Friday 8th of April 2016

Thank you! The frosting was the perfect fudgy balance to the cookie and they were great dunked in coffee!

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