The Perfect DIY Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge
For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs (shortbread, lemon shortbread, or lemon cookies – here used 1 package of lemon shortbread cookies)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Fudge:
4 cups (2 bags) white chocolate chips, divided
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
2-3 drops yellow food coloring, if desired
3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
1. Mix cookie crumbs and butter and press into an 8×8 or 9×9 pan that has been coved with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool while you prepare filling.
2. Place one cup of white chocolate chips in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Place remaining 3 cups of white chocolate chips in a medium saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed milk and heat over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted.
4. While you are cooking the chips and SCM in the pan, place the bowl of chips in the microwave and heat, on 50% power, for about 1-2 minutes, stirring each 30 seconds.
5. Once the chips and SCM in the pan have melted, remove from heat and stir in lemon extract and food coloring. Pour over crust.
6. Working quickly, stir fluff into the white chocolate chips you melted in the microwave. The chocolate will seize a little, but that’s okay. If needed, microwave an additional 15 seconds to help the mixture stir together. Drop chunks of the fluff mixture on top of the lemon fudge and use a knife or offset spatula to swirl into the top. Cool on counter for about 10-15 minutes and then chill until set. Slice and serve.
Here used lemon shortbread cookies with a high butter content. Therefore, I didn’t need very much butter to get them to bind together. If you use a cookie that isn’t as buttery, you may need an extra tablespoon or two of butter. When you mix the crumbs and butter, the mixture should press together easily in your hands. If it falls apart, add a little more butter.