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Cookie Butter Fudge in the Microwave

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.

pile of cookie butter fudge on white plate and red plate with Christmas tree in background

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.

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.

Jar of cookie butter from Trader Joes held by a hand

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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  • cookie butter
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • chocolate chips
  • butter
  • vanilla
Ingredients for cookie butter fudge on a marble countertop

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?

  1. Add ingredients to a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on half power. Stir. Repeat.
  3. Pour into a prepared 8 by 8 pan.
  4. 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.

Ingredients for cookie butter fudge of chocolate chips, butter, and cookie butter

You’ll microwave for two minutes on half power then stir. Microwave again for just one minute and stir again.

Melted cookie butter fudge mixture

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!

Adding vanilla to the cookie butter fudge

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.

blue spatula spreading the cookie butter fudge in aluminum foil baking pan

Let the fudge cool and set in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight then slice into small pieces. 

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. 

Endless possibilities!

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.

Yield: 64

Cookie Butter Fudge in the Microwave

plate of cookie butter fudge

You can't go wrong with the combination of cookie butter, chocolate, and sweetened condensed milk in this quick and easy fudge recipe!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 cup cookie butter
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz (1 bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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Originally published in December 2013 and updated in December 2018.

Abbe@This is How I Cook

Tuesday 18th of December 2018

I might have to try this one too!

Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Someone please tell me where this has been all my life?! This looks delicious and what a lovely idea for a homemade foodie gift! Wrapped in a pretty bow, anyone would be happy to get (I know I would ;) )!

Holly Baker

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Thanks, Dawn! I have it all packaged up in a tin to give to my dear friend who used to bring me cookie butter from her travels. Now we are lucky to have a Trader Joes nearby.


Friday 27th of December 2013

My daughter will eat boatloads of this stuff. It has everything she loves in it . If I make it with just milk chocolate and Nutella, I won't see her taking a breath until she is done eating :D Have a Wonderful Holiday season, Holly!

Holly F

Saturday 28th of December 2013

Yes, Nutella would be perfect too! Happy new year!

Barbara | Creative Culinary

Tuesday 24th of December 2013

Cookie Butter; otherwise known to me as Biscoff Spread!! LOVE that stuff and can only begin to imagine a fudge made using it!

I'm looking forward to Trader Joe's too; maybe our gaggle of girls should make it a field trip when it opens?

Holly F

Tuesday 24th of December 2013

Yes, I haven't tried Biscoff spread but understand it is the same yummy stuff. I have some fudge with your name on it so you won't have to imagine it for long. Hope to drop it by your doorstep today. Merry Christmas, Barb!

Karen Harris

Tuesday 24th of December 2013

I am on Trader Joe's watch too. I love their little soy flavored multigrain rice crackers. I brought several packages back in November but we are now dangerously low. Come on February! I will also be trying your fudge. It looks fantastic. I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Holly F

Tuesday 24th of December 2013

I'll have to remember those crackers-- sounds good! Merry Christmas, Karen!!!

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