Easy No-Fail, No-Cook Fudge!

Here at Old Salt Farm we are huge fans of fudge, and we all come by it honestly. I’ve tried many recipes over the years, but this one is hands my favorite. Cooking fudge can be a little finicky though, so I especially love this fudge recipe that came from my grandmother.  It’s a SUPER easy and super delicious no-cook fudge, and I dare say no-fail too!

You can whip up a batch of this yummy fudge in less than five minutes, and then pop it into the fridge for about an hour to firm. Then you’re ready to serve it to guests, or wrap it up to give it away…or just eat it! (Warning: It goes fast!!)

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No-Fail, No-Cook Fudge

It is seriously so easy!  It’s a mixture of all the yummiest things: cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, cocoa, and a little bit of vanilla! I’ve found it’s way easier to use my hands and really get in there to mix all the ingredients together and form it into a ball. Once that’s done, it’s easy to roll up onto plastic wrap, and let firm in the fridge. Or, you can place plastic wrap or wax paper in a glass dish (this is my favorite) and press it on the bottom, then place in the fridge.  Once it’s firm, you can cut it into slices or pieces. Put it on a cute cake plate (this one is adorable!!) or dish, and you’re ready to serve!

Really, there are no words for just how simple, delicious, and no-fuss this fudge is. It’s a huge family favorite we’ve been making for years.

Easy No-cook Fudge | oldsaltfarm.com #nocookfudge #fudge #christmascandy #easychristmasrecipes

Easy No-cook Fudge | oldsaltfarm.com #nocookfudge #fudge #christmascandy #easychristmasrecipes


Easy No-cook Fudge | oldsaltfarm.com #nocookfudge #fudge #christmascandy #easychristmasrecipes

No-Cook Fudge

5 from 3 votes
Kierste Wade | Old Salt Farm
Super easy and yummy no-cook fudge that's also no-fail! Perfect for holiday baking!


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • chopped nuts (optional)


  • Mix all the ingredients together until a ball is formed. If adding nuts, mix everything together except the nuts, then add them at the end. Using your hands is the easiest way to get it all mixed really well!
    Press the fudge in a 8x8 glass dish that's been lined with plastic wrap or wax paper. 
    Refrigerate until firm enough to cut into slices or squares.
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  1. 5 stars
    I was actually looking for this recipe online. But I couldn’t find one! Until I checked my email. THANKS KIERSTE!

  2. I am going to make this tonight! I need to bring something to the girls Christmas party at German school.

  3. Can I use melted semi-sweet chocolate in place of the cocoa (at the right conversion rates, reducing the sugar & butter)? Any experience with that? I just ruined two batches of ‘classic’ scratch fudge because my candy thermometer was reading low? Wasted ingredients, wasted $. I’m a commercially trained baker (not in candy-making!) and your grandmother’s recipe here looks AMAZING!

    1. I’m not sure, but I think it’s definitely worth a shot! You’ll have to let me know how it turns out–it would be awesome to have a second option. I’m sorry about your ruined fudge batches…I hate when that happens. :( This really is a yummy and easy recipe…hope the conversion works!! xoxo

  4. Should the butter be salted or unsalted? :) I’m going to try this recipe with my class for Father’s day.

    1. You can use either one, but I almost always use salted, because that’s what I usually have on hand!

  5. 5 stars
    So I was looking for a cream cheese based fudge like my late Grandmother’s and stumbled upon this recipe…so extremely happy that I did! Made it this past weekend for friendship holiday goodies/sweets exchange & now they all want ‘my’ recipe lol. The only thing different we did in the third batch was add 3/4 cup of melted semi-sweet choc chips to make it a lil more firmer and it turned out FABULOUS!! Thank you Old Salt Farm for the bestest fudge recipe EVER! It is now my one & only go-to and dearest granny would be sooo proud! A happy, healthy & successful New Year in 2022 to you & Yours!
    Zolah & family

    1. Zolah, this makes me SO happy!! I’m so glad you found a recipe like your grandmother’s that you love. This recipe came from my grandmother, and that’s definitely one of the reasons it’s my favorite. And it’s just SO yummy! Thanks for the great idea to add the chocolate chips…I’ll have to try it! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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