No Bake Fudge Ball Cookies

Monday, October 10, 2011
The history of these "No Bake Fudge Ball Cookies is simple just like the cookie itself they were the first cookie I ever made in home economics class back in the 1970s.

These have just a few ingredients and really are fudge-like in consistency and probably after all these years considered candy although the teacher said they were cookies.

They are a chocolate lovers' delight and with the addition of fruits and nuts a whole other level of yumminess.

We have so many picky eaters in our home, so I roll them in sprinkles, nuts, and coconut and let them choose what they like.

It is sort of a candy cookie, and perfect for a potluck, a Christmas cookies tray, and just a nice little pick-me-up treat for a sweet tooth fudge cookie lover.

If you're not fond of baking cookies you're going to love this recipe ( this one doesn't have peanut butter) for no-bake cookies.

Do you have a little baker in your home just learning? This is the place to start, it's super easy, delicious and they are fun to make.

We have many suggestions below to make them festive looking for any holiday, or birthday party, and just match the theme of whatever you're making them for by rolling them into colorful sugars.

For gift giving, place them in candy wrappers and in a pretty tin.

Well now let's get started on the oldest recipe I have ever made in my lifetime, and make some memories with your first-time cooks out there!

There are step-by-step instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Step By Step

  1. Make course crumbs out of the cookies and add the mix-ins then set aside
  2. Melt the chocolates, add the salt with butter and condensed milk
  3. Stir in the flavoring
  4. Let set for 15 minutes and pour over crumbs and mix-ins
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours until firm
  6. Slice or roll into balls you can also use a melon ball scoop
  7. Refrigerate on wax paper until set for 2 hours

Other Suggestions:

  • Roll in cocoa powdered or powdered sugar before serving
  • Roll in colorful sprinkles
  • Roll in dried finely minced fruits
  • Roll in crushed cookie crumbs
  • Roll in mini chocolate chips
  • Roll in any kind of crushed nuts
  • Roll in coconut
  • Roll in coarse colorful sugar
  • Cinnamon and sugar

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Oreo Truffles

Peanut Butter Krispies Eggs

Rum Balls

Ice Cream Cone Easter Baskets

Ingredients You Will Need To Make No Bake Fudge Balls(see below recipe card for measurements)

  • condensed milk
  • chocolate chips
  • butter
  • cookie crumb
  • cocoa powder
  • vanilla
  • salt
  • Other Garnishes and Suggestions: Holiday-themed colored sprinkles or nonpareils, any kind of chopped nuts, coconut, chopped dried fruits, chopped candy bars, mini chocolate chips, orange zest, cinnamon chocolate chips, powdered sugar for rolling them in

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Easy No-Bake Fudge Cookie Balls

This little cookie gem is so easy, delicious, quick to make, and perfect for gift giving so what are you waiting for?

There are just a few tools you need, a saucepan to melt ingredients, a cookie sheet, wax paper, maybe some pretty tins for gifts and paper liners, and a big wooden spoon for mixing!

I do like to use a melon ball scooper instead of a teaspoon but you don't need it.

Hopefully, you will have as much fun as we did recreating this vintage old recipe for no-bake fudge cookie balls!

No Bake Fudge Ball Cookies

No Bake Fudge Ball Cookies

Yield: 36
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 2 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 7 M
These are fudgy chocolate walnut cookies and the first ones I learned to make in a Home Economics class back in 1971.


  • 2 cups store-bought cookie crumbs plain cookies, vanilla wafers shortbread, chocolate cookies wafers, almond cookies (or any kind with a filling) put through a food processor to make course-looking crumbs
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 of a cup of sweetened condensed milk (6 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 1/2 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips or use bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla, rum, espresso flavoring, almond extract, or another flavor you prefer
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar for rolling them in
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts or any nuts you prefer (this is also optional but we always add them)
  • Optional Additions: (Use just 1/2 cup of 1 of these) dried craisins, raisins, mixed dried chopped fruits IE pineapple, apricots, etc, or shredded coconut.
  • After the cookie mixture has been made, they can be rolled in any kind of nuts, cocoa powder, or chocolate sprinkle candies, chopped cereal or graham cracker crumbs, or mini chocolate chips for gifts and placed in a pretty tin for the holiday.
  • Substitute flavoring for any kind of liqueurs


  1. Process the cookies leaving some small course pieces so not a powder of crumbs (medium grind) set in a bowl and add the nuts or mix-ins you're using.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, add the salt, butter, and milk with cocoa powder and chocolate.
  3. Whisk until it's all melted and combined evenly this should take 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the flavoring
  5. Pour over the crumbs and combine mixing together and let cool to firm up for around 15 to 25 minutes.
  6. Either these can be shaped into long logs (roll into garnish choices you prefer) then using wax paper twisting the end to seal then refrigerated until very firm before slicing.
  7. Second Choice(as shown):
  8. Using a melon ball scooper sprayed with cooking oil, shape the cookies into balls (roll into whatever garnishes you decide) then drop the cookies on wax papered cookie sheet and place them in the refrigerator until set for around 1 hour or more.
  9. Note: you can also just slice these 1/4 inch thick and serve them on a plate with powdered sugar.
  10. Tip: keeping them log from an empty tube such as a cardboard tall potato chip that can be cut in half and lined with wax paper works well for keeping a tube shape or a paper towel instead roll but those will be much thinner.
  11. Sliced log slices can be placed into pretty cupcake tin liners that are festive or for round balls use small candy liners.
  12. Store in an airtight container
  13. These should stay refrigerated.
  14. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months.


Other Suggestions:

  • Roll in cocoa powdered or powdered sugar before serving
  • Roll in colorful sprinkles
  • Roll in dried finely minced fruits
  • Roll in crushed cookie crumbs
  • Roll in mini chocolate chips
  • Roll in any kind of crushed nuts
  • Roll in coconut
  • Roll in coarse colorful sugar
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Cookies to use shortbread, vanilla wafers, chocolate cookies, almond-flavored cookies, or any plain biscuit-style cookie

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  1. looks very tempting for a "blue monday"!

  2. Brownies are always mouthwatering, but with coffee frosting they're a unique and irresistible temptation. can I have a piece? Bye, have a great week

  3. This is exactly what I'd like to have for desserts! Lovely :)

  4. I love all this new ideas how to add atste to my old favourites.One of tehm would be Mocca:)

  5. Like all different kinds of brownies. Those look divine with frosting!

  6. Wow coffee buzz and sugar high at the same time. Have you thought about marketing this? :-) This sounds really good, coffee has a way of kicking chocolate up a notch.

  7. These brownies look delicious!!! gloria

  8. Oh boy do those look nice and sweet. What a tasty sounding sweet frosting!

    I hope things are getting better at your house with the flooding!

  9. How did you know? Mocha brownies are my favorite! Bookmarked!

  10. Yum! You know I have a weak spot when it comes to brownies! So pretty with the double frosting :)

  11. Bet pumpkin spice coffee would be really good in these Claudia. Brownies are my all time favorite sweet treat! I'm soooo gonna try this recipe.

    Have a great week :)

  12. I do have a weakness for brownies and with that double frosting-these are hard to resist-Yum!

  13. Wow Claudia, these looks so incredibly delicious. I have a serious craving for a brownie right now.

  14. I love anything chocolate plus these look quite tasty. Then to top it off with coffee will take these brownie to the next level. Yum!

  15. oooo, second recipe for brownies that I've seen today. Methinks it is a sign and I need to make brownies... then eat the whole pan :-D

  16. Your brownies look so good, especially with the mocha frosting. Can't beat the coffee and chocolate combo!

  17. Mocha brownies I have yet to try. They sound and look delish!

  18. Oh my goodness the title alone was making me drool, this brownie recipe is fabulous! Losing weight for my wedding is not going to be easy looking at decadent desserts such as this one! Great post Claudia, have a good one! =]

  19. Especially like the extra white frosting on top!

  20. It looks absolutely delicious!xxx

  21. Wow these brownies look fantastic, love your recipe! :)

  22. These look incredibly delicious! Love your mocha frosting!

  23. Dear Claudia, I wish I could share one of these delicious brownies with your over coffee. What a treat! Blessings my friend, Catherine xo

  24. OMG these look SOOOO good!?! Do you have any left...I'm coming

    ♥ Shia

  25. These fudge balls are so good! I love how you can get creative with the toppings to roll them in!

  26. Oh wow! This is one of those recipes that can work very well for both special occasions and just to make any week a bit more special. Yum!

  27. Perfect holiday treat. Looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  28. These fudge ball cookies will be perfect to make and give as gifts during the holidays!


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