Only 44 days left before Christmas! (if you celebrate a different holiday, insert your countdown here). If you’re anything like me, you have no clue what to buy for people. Sure, I know my brother wants the latest movies and Murray wants a big bag of treats, but what about everybody else? The coworkers. The friends you see a few times a year. The neighbors. What do you give someone that says more than a gift card? Today the #SundaySupper group is sharing Gifts From The Kitchen, gifts that are made from the heart (and saves your wallet). How excited would you be if you got Cookie Cutter Fudge? Not only is there a delicious treat to munch on, you get to keep the cookie cutter.
I’ve been dying to try this recipe for the past few years now. Usually I just give away cupcakes or cappuccino mixes in fancy containers, but I keep giving to the same people, so I needed a new idea.
Cookie cutters aren’t that expensive either. You can get a pack of different shapes at the dollar store. If you don’t want to give the cutters away, just pop out the fudge when it is cold and firm (trust me – doing this at room temperature is a big, messy failure). Or you can make an 8×8 pan then cut out shapes when firm.
Decorating isn’t my forte, but I don’t think I did too badly either. I added sprinkles and Skittles after pouring the fudge so they would stick better. You can always melt chocolate (either white or those colored disks) or even pipe on buttercream or royal icing.
You are welcome to use your favorite fudge recipe. I went with my foolproof, no-thermometer-needed fudge because all I had to do was melt and pour. First I wrapped the bottom of each cutter with foil and placed them on a cookie sheet. Then I used a spoon to fill the cutters, but you are welcome to use any heatproof vessel that has a pouring spout.
Oh and don’t think this is a Christmas only idea. You can buy cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes, so if there is a special occasion coming up, you can customize the fudge. I thought I had a big cupcake cutter I was going to use, but I didn’t. I must fix that.
- Six (3-inch) cookie cutters
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into tablespoons
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Candy and sprinkles, for decorating
- Wrap each cookie cutter tightly with foil on the bottom and up the sides. Place them onto a cookie sheet. Set aside.
- Bring a saucepan of water to a steady simmer. Place a heat-proof bowl on top of the water (do not let the bowl actually touch the water. You just want the steam to heat the bowl). Add the chocolate and stir until almost smooth. Add the peanut butter and stir until almost smooth. Add the butter and stir until completely smooth.
- Turn off the heat and remove the bowl. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla until well blended. Spoon or pour the batter into each cookie cutter (if you have leftover batter, pour into a ramekin). Decorate with candy and sprinkles as desired. Cool until firm.
Source: Adapted from Peanut Butter Planet
Looking for other homemade gift ideas? Check out what we have to offer:
Breads / Breakfast
- Pumpkin Biscoff Bread – Dinners, Dishes, and Dessert
- All-in-One Beer Bread Kit – girlichef
- Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel – The Lovely Pantry
- Pancake Mix With Apple Cider Syrup and Candied Walnuts – Tora’s Real Food
- Cranberry Hootycreeks – Baker Street
Condiments / Ingredients
- Apple Butter – Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
- Herb Vinegars – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Harissa – The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Homemade Vanilla Extract – Flour on my Face
- Homemade Cherry Extract – Cravings of a Lunatic
- Nutella Powder – I Run For Wine
- Apricot Pineapple Rum Sauce – Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Spiced Cranberry Apricot Almond Chutney – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Pumpkin Butter – Family Foodie
Soup and Snacks
- A Soup For You – Momma’s Meals
- Maple Nut Granola - Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Sweet and Spicy Curried Nuts – Soni’s Food for Thought
- Sweet and Spicy Pecans – Supper For a Steal
- Maple Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars – Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Orange Spiced Chickpeas – Home Cooking Memories
- Turtle Pretzels – The Messy Baker
- Rocky Road Candy – Magnolia Days
- Dairyfree Vegan Caramels – Galactosemia in PDX
- Peanut Butter Cookies in a Jar – Mama’s Blissful Bites
- M&M Cookies in a Jar – Damn Delicious
- Monster Cookie Mix in a Jar – What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Biscotti – Meal Planning Magic
- Snickerdoodle Snack Mix – Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
- Butter and Jam Thumbprint Cookies – Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Peppermint Stick Cookie Truffles - The Weekend Gourmet
- Nutella Truffles – Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Peanut Cajetas (Peanut Fudge) – Basic and Delicious
- Cookie Cutter Fudge – Chocolate Moosey
- Pumpkin Roll – Shockingly Delicious
- Homemade Chocolates – My Trials in the Kitchen
- Hot Chocolate on a Stick – Juanita’s Cocina
- Chocolate Toffee “Crack” – Ruffles and Truffles
- Holiday Tree Cake – Noshing with the Nolands
- Fruit and Nut Cookies – In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Applepie Moonshine - My Catholic Kitchen
- Holiday Spiced Mocha - Daily Dish Recipes
- Homemade Peppermint Mocha Mix - In the Kitchen with KP
- Homemade Kahlua - That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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