Traditional fudge recipes require a candy thermometer and a fair amount of precision to get the texture just right; this simple fudge recipe is easy enough for children to make (with supervision, of course). The addition of mini marshmallows to the recipe give this fudge a smooth silkiness.
The tops of these brownie-like cookies look as if they've been shattered. Coat the balls of dough thoroughly in confectioners' sugar before they go in the oven. They'll flatten and "crack" on their own as they bake.
In candy-making, the goal is usually to prevent caramel from crystallizing. For this recipe, that's exactly what you want to do to in order to create the grainy, sandy-sugary coating beneath the chocolate. The pralines are also delicious when made with hazelnuts.
Ground chicory is a beloved ingredient in New Orleans. The roasted and ground root of the endive is most notably used to smooth the sharpness of coffee. Here, it lends a pleasantly bitter note to these biscotti-like cookies. A bit of instant espresso powder can also be used.