When chocolate cravings strike, indulgent fudge makes everything in the world right again. And while plain fudge will do the job just fine, add-ins like walnuts and Oreos elevate this dessert to new levels.
Traditional fudge recipes require patience and hands-on cooking via stovetop. Lucky for those of us that are in a time crunch (or just plain lazy), your trusty microwave can do just as good a job.
Here is an easy-breezy recipe for Oreo fudge, but you can substitute walnuts, pretzels, dried fruit, or candy instead. The options are endless!
- 2½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 8-10 Oreos, broken into large chunks
- parchment paper, butter, or shortening
- Combine the chocolate chips with the condensed milk in a microwavable bowl. Set aside for now.
- Line an 9x9 (larger is fine if you want shorter fudge squares) pan with parchment paper or generously coat it with butter or shortening.
- Layer the crushed Oreos evenly on the bottom of the pan.
- Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds, then remove and immediately stir.
- Microwave for 15 more seconds.
- Add the vanilla and salt. Stir once more to ensure the chocolate is smooth.
- Heat it up in the microwave once more if needed. You're looking for a smooth, silky consistency (as seen below).
- Transfer the chocolate mixture into the pan and spread it out evenly.
- Refrigerate your pan until the fudge has set, at least 2 hours.
Now that you know how to make fudge without having to labor over the stovetop, you can easily make it whenever a craving hits. If you feel like sharing (we won't judge you if you don't), it also makes a great homemade present for family and friends! Don't forget to experiment with different ingredients, as well.