These oh-so-delicious Fudge Ripple Cookies are soft, rich and chewy. They're fun to make, drizzled with fudge & colorful sprinkles and even more fun to eat!
Yay! It's time for Creative Cookie Exchange cookie reveal day! This month's theme was Cookies & Ice Cream, a theme very dear to my heart. After all, who doesn't like cookies AND ice cream?! And to top it all off it is National Ice Cream Month too! It's a win-win all the way around.
Now I had to make a decision on what cookie to bake. Since our theme was coupled with ice cream, why not use a popular ice cream flavor as my inspiration. I thought of several interesting flavors such as coffee chip, which I dismissed since I made Hazelnut Espresso cookies last month, or maybe Cookies and Cream, oops, already did that one too for our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies series, how about pistachio, one of my favorite flavors, but nope, been there, done that with my batch of Pistachio Pudding cookies I made several years ago.
Then it came to me - Fudge Ripple, otherwise known as Vanilla Fudge or Vanilla Fudge Swirl, would be perfect! It would be full of vanilla flavor and have a rich swirl of fudge running through the cookie and would pair nicely with about any flavor of ice cream you can think of. I paired mine with my homemade rich "Death by Chocolate" ice cream and WOW! they were out-of-this-world delicious! (especially as an ice cream sandwich which my husband can vouch for since he has eaten them for dessert every night since I made them)
The cookies turned out soft and chewy and definitely full of rich vanilla flavor. Use a good vanilla, if you have it, such as Nielsen Massey Madagascar Pure Vanilla. And as long as you are working with the best vanilla, try to find a top quality rich ice cream fudge topping too, like the winner of SeriousEats.com Hot Fudge competition - Herrell's Hot Fudge Sauce. The combination of real vanilla and excellent chocolate can't be beat!
These are great alone, with a side of ice cream, and make terrific ice cream sandwiches too. I actually made some ice cream sandwiches with them and froze them individually in plastic wrap and they come out of the freezer ice cold and ready to eat. The perfect treat for a hot summer day!
I did my usual, sending the cookies into work with my husband and, they went over so well, they ate them all in just a couple of hours. And here I thought they would last through the week - silly me! I sure hope you enjoy them as much as they did.
Fudge Ripple Cookies
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3.4 oz pkg Jello vanilla instant pudding mix
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Fudge ice cream topping
- Multi-colored sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking soda together. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars in mixing bowl until smooth. Continue beating while adding pudding mix, eggs and vanilla.
- Spray a rectangular baking dish with nonstick spray. Place cookie dough in dish and press down for an even surface. Drizzle fudge sauce over dough. Fold dough in half so fudge is completely covered. (You don't want the fudge to be on the outside of the cookie as it will melt over the edges and become sticky when trying to release cookies.)
- Using a small cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 2" in-between. Sprinkle with brightly colored sprinkles. (They look like little ice cream sundaes before they are cooked :-))
- Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly brown around the edges. Let cool for 3 minutes on cookie sheets then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
The theme this month is Ice Cream Cookies--any kind of cookie that works well with ice cream in any form--could be an ice cream sandwich, could be the perfect cookie garnish! If you are dying to beat the heat with a fun ice cream creation involving cookies, we’ve got you covered! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. Please be patient though, as this month Laura is off to Italy and will not be checking email quite as often!
You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
- Brownie Sundae Cookies by Anne from Upstate Ramblings
- Chocolate Cake Waffle Cookies with Banana Ice Cream by Terri at Our Good Life
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls by Anshie at Spice Roots
- Chocolate Chunks Cookies With Vanilla Ice Cream by Kathia from Basic N Delicious
- Chocolate Sundae Shortbread Cookies by Karen at Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwiches by Laura at Baking in Pyjamas
- Fudge Ripple Cookies by Linda from 2 Cookin' Mamas
- Mango Cake Cookies Bowls by Deepti from Simply Veggies
- Slice and Bake Peppermint Cookies by Laura from The Spiced Life
- Phirni Ice Cream and Ginger Cookies Sandwiches by Preeti from ISingCakes
- Tuile Cookie Cups by Stacy at Food Lust People Love