Preacher’s Fudge

19 Dec

"Fudge" dropped and ready to package up for the Cookie Exchange

I love to cook, but as I rifled through my well-worn recipe cards looking for the perfect cookie for our 2nd Annual Cookie Exchange I realized most of my favorites took much longer than I had. It was then it came to me – Preacher’s Fudge!

Thanks to my mother, Preacher’s Fudge has always been my go to cookie for potlucks, parties, holiday spreads and road trips. It’s a one-pot, no-bake cookie that everyone enjoys, keeps for several days, and travels exceptionally well. Preacher’s Fudge is also great if you’re looking for a cookie to ship to a college student or soldier. I find it can also be a conversation starter; usually at least one person shares a memory of a no-bake cookie their mother or grandmother use to make.

So there you have it, an easy sweet to prepare for your next potluck and, an entrée for getting to know a little more about your office mates or neighbors. What more could you ask for?


  • ½ Cup margarine
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • ½ Cup evaporated milk
  • 4 TBS unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/8 Tsp salt
  • 3 Cups quick cooking oats
  • ½ Cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring margarine, sugar, milk, cocoa, and salt to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 full minute. Turn off heat.
  2. Stir in oats, peanut butter and vanilla until just mixed and remove from heat.
  3. Using the two-teaspoon drop method or a small ice cream scoop, drop onto wax paper.
  4. Let cool.

Makes 18 – 36 pieces, depending on the size.


  • Measure ingredients ahead of time and lay wax paper on the counter to receive dropped cookies. The mixture cools fast and you want to drop while hot for the best result.
  • I’ve had a few people tell me they tried making these and they didn’t set-up. I also did a search on no-bake cookies and, after I recovered from discovering this wasn’t my mother’s “secret recipe” (who knew?), found many others have had the same problem. The key is the boil. Think big pot of boiling water for cooking spaghetti, only this is a pot of sweet, chocolate delight. Just remember to keep stirring!
  • Quick cook oats are essential. Regular oats will not cook thoroughly.

I hope you try making these little bites of chocolaty goodness and if you do, let me know what you think!


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