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Fudge Puddles Recipe
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Fudge Puddles Recipe

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I was inspired to make these cookies last year when we stopped for a snack while Christmas shopping. I changed a few things when I got home, and my Fudge Puddles became a favorite with my husband's family. —Kimarie Maassen, Avoca, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped peanuts


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars until blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Shape into forty-eight 1-in. balls. Place in greased mini-muffin cups. Bake 14-16 minutes or until light brown. Immediately press a 1/2-in.-deep indentation in center of each cookie with the end of a wooden spoon handle. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For filling, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Whisk in milk and vanilla until smooth. Fill each cookie with filling; sprinkle with peanuts. (If desired, refrigerate remaining filling; serve warm with ice cream.) Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Fudge Puddles in Country Woman November/December 1992, p29

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Reviewed Feb. 26, 2015

"I made these yesterday and was so surprised at how easy they were to make. I didn't have chopped peanuts so I used chopped walnuts and I used a pastry bag to pipe in the fudge and they turned out looking just like the picture and I must say they are so darn good!! These will be a favorite to make often!"

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015 Edited Mar. 8, 2015

"These are absolutely terrific!!!!!!!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Gave these out to friends during the holidays and got rave reviews. I grated a bit of white chocolate on the top for decoration."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"A blessing of a find! This was such an easy cookie to make & it tastes great. I used my 1" hand-held fruit scoop to make the balls, then I used my cookie press gun with a large icing tip to fill the cookies. Alot easier & neater than using the sandwich bag with the tip cut off. I doubled the batch to use up the extra filling, but I also cut up some of my left-over Halloween snicker bars, then put the filling on top. I also still had some left-over filling, so I guess I'll make 1 more batch. Tasted so-o good."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"These are a very easy, tasty treat. A good addition to a Christmas Cookie list. You may decorate these with M & M's, nuts, any festive holiday treat can be added to the top of the fudge. A great cookie for a beginner who wants a cute cookie."

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