Make cookie butter fudge in the microwave to share over the holidays or for a quick chocolate bite any time of the year. This easy fudge recipe comes together quickly with a short ingredient list and less than ten minutes of activity.
Take a favorite Trader Joe’s ingredient of COOKIE BUTTER and make this yummy cookie butter fudge. Makes a great Christmas treat or holiday homemade gift from the kitchen. Making fudge in the microwave couldn’t be any easier. This 5 ingredient fudge recipe highlights the ever popular ingredient of cookie butter.
What is cookie butter?
Cookie butter is similar to peanut butter in consistency but instead of ground peanuts, it is comprised of ground up cookies. Speculoos cookies to be exact.
Now that leads us to the question of what is speculoos? The word might sound odd but speculoos is the general name for a biscuit-like, spice cookie.
Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are often found in speculoos. Cardamom and ginger may be included too.
Speculoos have spread from Belgium and the Netherlands and are much more common now in the United States.
Turning these biscuits into cookie butter is something that Trader Joe’s has been known for. Other brands sell it now as well.
The only downfall for me is that cookie butter is not gluten free. I’ll have to make a homemade version in the months to come.
Where can I buy cookie butter?
If you are fortunate to live nearby a Trader Joe’s you may already know all about “cookie butter“.
Before Trader Joe’s arrived in Colorado in 2014, I was lucky enough to have a crazy-in-a-good-way friend who brought suitcases filled with Trader Joe’s loot back from her travels–and she shared it with me!
Sprouts Farmers Market sells jars of cookie butter and Biscoff sells a cookie butter spread as well.
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What ingredients are in cookie butter fudge?
- cookie butter
- sweetened condensed milk
- chocolate chips
Can I make fudge in the microwave?
Yes! I often take the short cut and make fudge in the microwave.
It takes mere minutes and the results are delicious. What’s not to love?
In this recipe you’ll microwave all of the ingredients together except the vanilla which is stirred in at the end.
The fudge rests in the refrigerator and sets within hours.
Another similar and just as easy microwave recipe is for mocha truffles. Adding instant coffee to the chocolate makes for a special treat!
How do I make microwave fudge?
- Add ingredients to a microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave on half power. Stir. Repeat.
- Pour into a prepared 8 by 8 pan.
- Let fudge set up in the refrigerator.
Let’s start with a few photos to help with the steps of making cookie butter fudge.
All of the ingredients EXCEPT the vanilla go right into a glass bowl (or any microwave-safe bowl). I like using a large measuring glass, this one is four cups. It helps to have a container with a spout so that you can pour or scrape the mixture out of the container easily.
You’ll microwave for two minutes on half power then stir. Microwave again for just one minute and stir again.
Once the ingredients are melted you can add the vanilla. Leaving the vanilla out until the end allows you to preserve the flavor and taste of vanilla without “cooking” it in the microwave.
Is one teaspoon of vanilla not enough for you? Add a second one! I love too much vanilla!
Now spread the mixture into a prepared 8 by 8 pan covered in foil and sprayed with baking spray. Make it as smooth as you can but don’t fret if it isn’t perfect.
Let the fudge cool and set in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight then slice into small pieces.
What else can I do with cookie butter?
There is just over 14 ounces in a jar of Trader Joe’s cookie butter. You’ll only need 8 ounces for this fudge. Here are some more ideas for using up what’s left.
Spread it on toast, in between sandwich cookies, in macarons, eat it out of the jar or make more desserts with it like this fudge!
Lisa at the blog, Wine and Glue, makes this amazing salted chocolate cookie butter bark.
And have you seen this Biscoff cookie butter ice cream from Melanie of Melanie Makes? Wow!
I am guessing that these Biscoff Cookie Butter Pretzels disappear quickly. They are made by Dorothy at Crazy for Crust.
This fudge is perfect for sharing during Christmas but I am sure you’ll find other excuses to make a quick microwave fudge throughout the year. Next time I’m going to try the crunchy version of cookie butter for a different texture. You simply can’t go wrong– cookie butter + chocolate = yum.
- 1 cup cookie butter
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 12 oz (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Prepare an 8 x 8 pan with aluminun foil laid in both directions (such that some hangs over the sides like handles). Grease the foil with butter or spray with baking spray.
- Place all of the ingredients except the vanilla into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on half power for 2 minutes. Stir then heat again on half power for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 3-4 hours or overnight. Cut into 1 inch squares. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Try this with the crunchy version of cookie butter too!
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
Looking for other fudge and no bake desserts? Try these!
- No Bake Kit Kat Squares
- Easter White Chocolate Fudge
- Easy Chocolate Fudge
- Chocolate Fudge with Dried Cherries
- No Bake Cheesecake Bites
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Originally published in December 2013 and updated in December 2018.
Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker’s House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, and She Knows.