Super simple and really fudgy, this cooked fudge icing is the perfect topping for brownies, rice krispie treats and skillet cookies!
This easy fudge icing has been a staple since my childhood. My aunt taught me to make it and we’ve been putting it on everything ever since.
It is a simple recipe that comes together in a few minutes in a saucepan. Then it can be poured over your favorite dessert. It sets firm, pours easily and tastes rich and fudgy.
Today is my Aunt Marlene’s birthday! Happy birthday, Marlene!
(It is also my cousin/goddaughter’s birthday. Happy birthday, Em!)
In celebration, I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes of Marlene’s. But I am going to warn you, this frosting is addictive.
The worst part is once you realize how easy it is, you won’t be able to stop making it (and licking the spoon, and the pan, and your fingers…)
I can still remember my Aunt Marlene teaching me this recipe. I was still in grade school and after I knew how simple it was to make such a delicious frosting, I was armed and dangerous!
It is simple enough to commit to memory and very easily adapts into a hot fudge sauce (try it over peppermint ice cream in the winter… oh my!)
I still remember her teaching me to cool it in an ice water bath if you wanted to use it more quickly. It was then my contribution to the family cookbook when that came out.
This recipe is sized perfectly to give a nice layer of fudgy frosting to a 9×9 pan. Though I am sure you could easily spread it out over a 9×13 of brownies if you wanted a thin layer of frosting.
I have been anxious to make this for you guys as it has been a favorite for so many years, so I finally made a batch of maple peanut butter krispie treats and it was amazing!
Marlene’s Fudge Icing
- ½ cup butter
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat over medium low heat.
- Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to a boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
- The frosting will be really hot, so you will want to let it cool for a while before you spread it over anything. You can place the saucepan in an ice water bath and stir occasionally if you would like to speed the process.