Holiday Cookie Countdown: Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge

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I just had a slight panic attack and wondered if all of you might leave mean, nasty comments telling me that fudge is, in fact, not a cookie. And this is the Holiday Cookie Countdown.

You would be right.

But, if you bear with me, you might understand why I think this fudge might beat all of the cookies on your to-make list. It’s so good, it could win Best Cookie in a cookie contest and it’s not even a cookie. It’s so good it might even get your mean-neighbor-who-never-talks-to-you-but-glares-at-your-children-when-they-squeal-with-delight to warm a little. And I say all of this as a person who does not even like fudge.

Am I the only one who doesn’t really like fudge? It’s just too fudgy. Too rich. Too all-one-texture. If I’m going to eat something that rich, I want an explosion of flavor in a very small bite.

Enter this Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge:
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Creamy, Crunchy, Salty, Dreamy…this one has it all. A dark chocolate fudge layer tinged with pretzels topped with a white chocolate caramel layer and sprinkled with pretzels and sea salt. Ahhhhmazing, folks.

Holiday Cookie Countdown: Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge

Holiday Cookie Countdown: Salted Caramel Pretzel Fudge


Fudge layer:

12 ounces dark chocolate, about 2 cups chips

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cups chopped pretzels

Caramel layer:

8.5 ounces white chocolate, about 1 1/3 cups chips

6 ounces sweetened condensed milk

15 caramels, unwrapped

Sea salt

Extra chopped pretzels as garnish


Line a 9x9 pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each side. You can use these as "handles" to lift the fudge out when it's done and ready to cut. Spray foil with nonstick spray.

For the fudge layer: Place 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk and the dark chocolate in saucepan over medium low heat and stir until smooth. Fold in chopped pretzels. Pour mixture into prepared pan and using an offset spatula spread evenly. Set aside.

For the caramel layer: Place 6 ounces sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate and unwrapped caramels in a saucepan over medium low heat and stir until melted smooth. (Stir constantly toward the end because the condensed milk will be caramelizing too and can burn easily.) Pour over dark fudge layer and spread evenly.

Sprinkle remaining chopped pretzels on top and press gently into caramel layer. Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt. Try not to eat the whole pan.

Makes 50-60 small pieces of fudge.

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