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Hard Setting Chocolate Glaze

It tastes just as good poured over ice cream or fruit as it does over a salty pretzel.

We spent a lot of time searching for the perfect chocolate glaze. Sure, there are countless delicious glazes out there, but we need one that hardens when it’s cool so that we can create chocolate-covered cookies, dipped donuts and glazed cakes. This recipe definitely fits the bill. The secret is the low liquid to dry ratio, which keeps this glaze sweet, chocolaty and thick.

We like to set this glaze up fondue-style and dip pretzel rods, graham crackers or fresh fruit into it. It’s a great way to add a special touch to store-bought cookies, and everyone appreciates our chocolate-dipped treats around the holidays. The best part is that this glaze comes together in about five minutes, so you can whip up a batch whenever you get a craving for chocolate.

Serves 12

5 minutes

Rated 4.2 out of 5
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  • 2 tablespoons unsweeted cocoa
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  1. Combine hot water, melted butter and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk together cocoa powder, powdered sugar and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Slowly pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients, whisking continuously until smooth. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Recipe adapted from Burnt Apple

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