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Fudge Puddles Recipe

Fudge Puddles Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 248 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 268145
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2017

"These cookies are perfect for the holiday. The fudge filling is a perfect for the baked peanut butter cup."

Beans57 User ID: 1066255 257761
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"I have been making these for 24 years! They are one of the must have items for my family at Christmas. I double the cookie batter and make one recipe of the fudge filling. I put the filling in a zip lock bag and cut off one corner. I tried this after trying many ways to get the filling in the cookie cup and it works best for me."

ksh531 User ID: 5014478 257472
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"Made these for my daughter's bake sale fund raiser for a school trip. Excellent cookie These sold very quickly."

lorstout User ID: 2537668 240406
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"These were a hit! They taste even better than the usual peanut butter blossoms with a Hershey Kiss that gets hard after the cookie cools. The center stays soft in these cookies!"

PageRD User ID: 5881442 238891
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"Oh my gosh! These are amazing. They were easy to make and so delicious. I had a lot of the filling leftover. I could have easily baked a second batch of the cookies and still have plenty of filling. They are so delicious, a second batch is a great idea!"

Lily380 User ID: 6234992 236083
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"I have made these for YEars. tHEY ARE A FAVORITE WITH MY family!!!! Excellent recipe.."

dianegaj User ID: 5622639 236076
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"i don't want to use the 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter what can i replace it with or can i just not put it in .. thanks"

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 221412
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!"

LaBreque User ID: 7829450 221094
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2015 Edited Nov. 22, 2015

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

cindiak User ID: 221828 217570
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."

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 24536
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."

colleyho User ID: 359762 11904
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."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 34299
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"MMMMM, just like I remembered them..... made them today after not having them for 5 years or something!"

MomsCorner User ID: 4834784 29478
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"A Family favorite"

kshea User ID: 2698812 8532
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"I made these for my kids every Christmas from the time they came out. We have always loved them!"

bbopTX User ID: 860495 29477
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011 Edited Nov. 5, 2015

"Made these for church this past Sunday. They were awesome and they were easy to make. I think I will double the amount of the cookie mixture because I had alot of the chocolate left."

amethystra User ID: 1679864 17506
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2011 Edited Oct. 29, 2011

"I made these for a church "coffee hour" and they were gobbled up immediately. Since there is extra of the chocolate mix and I'm having a potluck at work, I'll be making these again! They're wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I just may make these over the holidays to share with family and friends, too. They're THAT good."

keribennett76 User ID: 5775076 13005
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Delicious! My kids helped me make them, really easy and everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. instead of nuts on top we used peanut butter chips...sooo good!"

Di&Co User ID: 5652082 24993
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"These have become a staple for my Christmas cookie tray. From the time it was printed as a winner in the magazine, I have been making these! Yummy!"

ali1 User ID: 5411441 24507
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I have been making these fudge puddles for years and have yet to meet someone who doesn't like them!! To make the recipe less time consuming, I insert mini peanut butter cups immediately when taken out of the oven (in place of the fudge filling). Absolutely delicious!!"

dealnana1 User ID: 1655543 12466
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for about 20 years. I first saw it in Country Living Magazine. It is one of my family's favorites."

Jangirl User ID: 1050490 34292
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"I made these and took them to work - they were a big hit. Next time I would 1/2 the recipe for the fudge. I will make these again for sure!"

gavingrma_OH User ID: 361520 5173
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"I could not find my mini muffin pan so I just made these as thumbprints and filled after baking. I also only used dark chocolate chips instead of both chips - delicious."

kareneh User ID: 2404440 24986
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"easy to make, taste great. Like a Reeses Pieces."

nelldar09 User ID: 505378 24984
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"These are a hit a pot-lucks and bake sales. You can also use any left over fudge as topping for ice cream."

ecms_1957 User ID: 1753491 11903
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"These are very good!! Made them for an open house that I hosted and they were a big hit. I didn't have time to make the cookied dough, so I used packaged peanut butter cookie mix. Also, I made the cookie part ahead of time and froze them until I needed to fill them. Very good!!!!!!"

patcat9 User ID: 3281184 36612
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"SuzC, I would love to have your recipe for the cheesecake/sugar cookie dough version of this.  Sounds yummy!  Would you please share your recipe?  Thanks!


5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 10701
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"I made these for a church social recently and they were a big hit. Very delicious, but somewhat time consuming. These do make a pretty presentation. The peanut butter cookie part was nice and soft, not hard and crunchy. Just perfect. Thank you for this wonderful recipe."

sinatra30 User ID: 1841127 13002
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"I used chopped walnuts instead of peanuts. YUMMY!"

sinatra30 User ID: 1841127 13000
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"I made these and they turned out great. I put the melted chocolate in a sandwich bag and cut the corner to fill the cups."

dragonflylady116 User ID: 3638662 8530
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"They look absolutely delicious and I'm really looking forward to making them!!"

dragonflylady116 User ID: 3638662 29438
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"I love checking out new recipes for anything chocolate!It doesn't matter what it is.."

[email protected] User ID: 1940402 11901
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008

"These cookies are absolutely delicious my the son the cookie taste tester loved them. Will definately make them again and have already passed on the recipe."

[email protected] User ID: 2450288 11742
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2008

" Do you have amounts for the brown sugar, butter and sweetened condensedmilk??"

Jan Schwer User ID: 3630422 36343
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"I'd love the caramel recipe!!!!  I had something similar years ago.  But the one who made them , couldn't give me exact amounts for anything."

marilyncooks User ID: 1906097 17501
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008 Edited Dec. 31, 2008

"This is a first time making these. They are easy and so so


ruthwmyers User ID: 3485299 5172
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2008

"I don't refrigerate them, but they don't usually last very long anyway. They are fantastic."

jurban User ID: 538480 24983
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2008

"I am looking forward to trying these. Do they need to be kept refrigerated?"

chellee User ID: 3447867 29401
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"These fudge puddles are the best! I just made them. They are very easy to make these will be on my goodies list for Christmas! Thanks"

shelliwelli User ID: 3445808 201258
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"I agree with the "yummy". These cookies were a bit hit. I also had trouble filling. I will try the ziplock idea next time."

mamsey84 User ID: 630889 24506
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"I would think you could press the dough up the sides of the cup before hand and place the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag with the corner cut off and pipe in the filling."

AimeeDavid User ID: 3656541 34291
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"I made these last night. Yummy! But, there must be an easier way to get the fudge into the shell. Mine dont look as neat as the picture"

jaztnr2 User ID: 2527986 37028
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"These sound yummy....but wouldn't you want to poke the hole before baking? That's what I do when making pecan tassies....."

gmaPD User ID: 926648 10700
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I think the size of the hole comes from making the holes immediately when you take them from the oven. They rose during baking; poking them with the spoon handle will collapse them."

surush User ID: 2730831 8519
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"For whatever it's worth, it looks to me like the reference to 3/8 or 1/2 inch holes has to do with the depth of the hole, not the width.  I'm looking forward to making these!


cm56 User ID: 3094269 36298
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"These look like they are bigger than 3/8 or 1/2 inch "holes". Is it just an optical illusion? I would also like the cheesecake recipe."

lizzyjo1 User ID: 3413031 34245
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"Anything with peanut butter in it has to be good! Cant wait to make these!


Saskie73 User ID: 286772 12999
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I've had this recipe for years, I got it from my Aunt who had gotten it out of one of the Reiman magazines (likely from the lady whose name is on it above). I've also done them with shortbread dough and they are marvelous that way. Another filling option is caramel made with brown sugar, butter and sweetened condensed milk."

[email protected] User ID: 3572494 17491
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008


I'd imagine that sugar cookie dough would work very nicely in place of the peanut butter dough."

PatriciaAmelia User ID: 907256 12464
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I am LOVING this cookie countdown !

Thanks so much .

kickersheart User ID: 2610162 8481
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"Suz1229 please post the recipe with cheesecake...It sounds yummy!!"

mnewth1 User ID: 3406174 12460
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"Is there a way I could make these without the peanut butter? I have a peanut allergy, stinks all my favorite recipes I can no longer have, found out a year ago about my food allergy??"

Suz1229 User ID: 3092634 201257
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I have a similar recipe with cheesecake filling, but it uses sugar cookie dough for the cups and saves the step making the dough."

Kelli F. User ID: 1506371 11740
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"I make these often for my holiday baking. They are my sister's favorite. A little time consuming, but well worth it."

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