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Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

This sweet Strawberry Shortcake Fudge recipe is a knockout! Creamy vanilla fudge with a strawberry swirl sits on a buttery cookie crust. No candy thermometer needed to make this delicious fudge recipe.

Now you can have all the flavors you love from Strawberry Shortcake in bites of fudge! Don’t forget to try these Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars too.

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge: a sweet fudge with a cookie crust, and strawberry preserves swirled into a creamy white chocolate fudge!

Why this Recipe is Best

One of the handiest kitchen skills to have is knowing how to make fudge. You can make so many different flavors for different occasions–and it makes a perfect gift.

  • My fudge recipes require NO candy thermometer, special equipment or skill.
  • Using marshmallow fluff and white chocolate chips as a base, the fudge has all the velvety texture and sweetness of fancy candy store fudge.
  • For this Strawberry Shortcake Fudge Recipe, I just swirled strawberry preserves to a simple vanilla fudge. Nilla wafer crumbs and butter come together to form the crust layer.

The combo of creamy, fruity and buttery flavors is just like strawberry shortcake! But better because it’s FUDGE.

Ingredient Notes

  • Nilla wafer crumbs. You need about 48 wafer cookies. Pulse the cookies in a food processor to form crumbs. Or you can place the cookies in a plastic bag and crush them by hand with a rolling pin.
  • Strawberry preserves. Any strawberry jam or preserve you like will work here. Do not use strawberry jelly, as it’ll clump together instead of swirling easily into the fudge.
  • Marshmallow cream. Also called marshmallow fluff, this helps give the fudge its soft texture.

Easy Instructions

To make the crust: Combine the nilla wafer crumbs with melted butter. Press into the bottom of a foil lined pan.

To make the fudge:

Heat butter, heavy cream, sugar and kosher salt over medium heat. Let it boil for 4 -5 minutes. Then pour the mixture over a bowl filled with white chocolate chips and marshmallow cream.

Use electric beaters to beat the fudge ingredients together until smooth. Add the strawberry preserves to the bowl and gently swirl it into the fudge.

Pour the strawberry fudge mixture over the prepared crust. Chill for 4 hours until set. Slice into bite sized squares and serve!

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge: a sweet fudge with a cookie crust, and strawberry preserves swirled into a creamy white chocolate fudge!

Tips and Tricks

  • How to store: Keep strawberry shortcake fudge in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge. I recommend storing UNCUT for best freshness. Cut a little at a time; only what you’re eating or serving immediately.
  • How to freeze fudge: Wrap uncut fudge in plastic cling wrap. Then place in a freezer safe bag. It’ll keep well for 2 months. Let thaw at room temperature or in the fridge before cutting.
  • Use an electric mixer: Beaters or a stand mixer help incorporate the fudge ingredients quickly, before they cool down. You CAN mix by hand but it’s much more difficult and time consuming.

Recipe FAQs

Can you make this recipe with other flavors of jam?

Yes, any fruit preserves can be used in this fudge recipe. Of course, that would make it not strawberry shortcake fudge anymore–but still tasty!

Do you have to keep homemade fudge in the refrigerator?

No, you do not have to keep fudge in the refrigerator. Unless, you want to prolong the shelf life OR you simply enjoy the taste of cold fudge. This Strawberry Shortcake fudge tastes great both at room temperature and chilled.

What is marshmallow cream?

Marshmallow cream is a spread with the flavor of marshmallows. It is thick but pourable and helps this fudge achieve the perfect texture–without having to boil sugar for hours or use a candy thermometer.

How long will this fudge keep?

At room temperature, the strawberry shortcake fudge is best enjoyed within 5 days. If storing in the fridge, it’ll stay good for up to 2 weeks.

More Easy Candy Recipes

Yield: 64 servings

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

This sweet Strawberry Shortcake Fudge recipe is a knockout! Nilla Wafer Crust with strawberry shortcake topping!

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1 ½ cups nilla wafer crumbs, about 48 cookies
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE FUDGE:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 11 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 7 ounces marshmallow cream
  • ¾ cup strawberry preserves

Instructions

    1. Line a 9-inch square dish with foil. Set aside.
    2. In a food processor, pulse cookies until fine crumbs. Add melted butter and stir until combined. Press into bottom of prepared dish.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, add white chocolate chips and marshmallow cream. Set aside.
    4. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter, salt and cream. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue boiling for 4-5 minutes (at a rolling boil). Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips and marshmallow cream.
    5. Using an electric mixer, beat mixture until white chocolate chips are melted and fudge is creamy (about 1-2 minutes). Add strawberry preserves and stir gently until swirled in. Pour over crust. Refrigerate fudge for 4 hours. Cut and serve!

Notes

  • Keep fudge in refrigerator for best flavor!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

64

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Irresistible squares of fudge with a strawberry surprise! Strawberry Shortcake Fudge is easy to make and even easier to love.

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on July 16, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Thank you ,I will try to do it.

    I have never tried cooking , These cookies looks awesome!

      1. Baking is my passion and I am addicted to it. Haha! 🙂 I am going to be going to collage for Baking Art.

  2. Very cute story! I love strawberry shortcake but never thought about it in fudge form! Thanks for sharing how to make such a unique treat!

  3. First: crust on a fudge? Genius! Second: Strawberry Shortcake fudge? Even MORE brilliant! I can’t wait to make this!

  4. These look so good. I just recently tried marshmallow cream and it was so delicious. This would be a good dessert that I’d make for my fiance because he loves strawberries. Now he would put a hurtin’ on these for real.

  5. Oh my gosh, what a crazy story. I’m cringing just thinking about the mess! This fudge is really beautiful and so creative. Love it!

  6. Such a great story to go along with this gorgeous fudge – and a great reminder that one day I’ll look back and laugh at the antics of my menagerie!

    1. Yes, you tend to only remember the funny things or the really really bad things…not the inbetween chaos!

  7. This might be the best fudge ever and that is such a sweet story about your daughter! It’s so fun to remember “hard” incidents like that and be able to laugh about them.

  8. oh my goodness, I love that story! Tell “trouble” she would get along perfectly with my middle son! And I love this fudge, it’s perfect any time of the year!

  9. My heavens! Kids can be so mischievous. But those moments stick with you and become such great memories. This fudge is also great. I can’t believe you made shortcake fudge with a crust. It sounds divine!

  10. Oh my word! That’s one of those stories where you don’t know whether to laugh, cry or yell. But it makes for great memories 🙂 And this fudge is so pretty and that crust looks so good!

  11. What a great story, Aimee! Your amazing fudge is such a wonderful tribute to your daughter. I’m glad this story makes you laugh now!

  12. I’m glad that story brings a smile to your face now. When I was little my mom called me “Menace” until I went to school. A teacher asked me for my name and I said, “Menace.” That stopped it right there.
    Nothing I love more than fudge with a crust! It looks absolutely amazing. Fantastic idea!

  13. Haha I love this story!! And this fudge, too. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or for the upcoming spring I’m craving so badly!

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