Homemade Cookie Butter

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  • Ready to find your new favorite dessert?! This homemade version of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter is so easy to make and ready in 5 minutes. Serving ideas and cookie suggestions included!

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    Homemade Cookie Butter

    Love cookies? Well, meet your next dessert addiction: cookie butter! You may have heard of or even bought Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter in the past, but now you can make it right at home.

    angle view of cookie butter with gingersnap cookies

    This recipe uses minimal ingredients and you can whip it up very quickly. It’s so simple even my hubs can make it (and he can barely make cereal).

    This smooth and creamy butter pairs great with several desserts and breakfast recipes to enjoy along with some coffee or tea. You can really use it on anything you’d use Nutella on.

    homemade cookie butter on a butter knife on a bowl

    What is Cookie Butter?

    Cookie butter originated in Europe and is traditionally made with speculoos cookies that are made during the Christmas holiday season. This cookie is made with a special spice blend and similar to gingersnap cookies.

    close up of gingersnap cookies for cookie butter

    The cookie also grinds down beautifully smooth making it perfect for cookie butter.

    It has been popular in Europe for many years but started reaching popularity in America recently thanks to Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. Luckily, we can make this tasty treat very easily at home with a variety of cookies.

    knife stirring cookie butter in a serving bowl

    Make Cookie Butter

    Making cookie butter is remarkably easy.

    Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend on high until a smooth paste forms.

    ingredients for cooking butter in a food processor

    You may need to add a bit more milk depending on the cookie you use and their moisture level.

    smooth cookie butter in a food processor

    Once you have the cookie butter to your desired consistency, enjoy immediately or store leftovers.

    How to Use Cookie Butter

    It is really simple to make and has loads of great uses. This is one of my guilty pleasures and I always try to hide it in the back of the fridge to keep it all to myself.

    cookie butter on toast with grapes

    This tactic never seems to work as my family always hunts it down and devours it by the spoonful.

    My favorite ways to eat it include:

    • With sliced apples, bananas or strawberries
    • On toast or an English muffin
    • Spread over a speculoos cookie
    • Just strait out of the bowl with a spoon
    • Stuffed in crepes
    • Over the top of pancakes, waffles or french toast
    • Mixed into brownie batter
    • In a “Peanut” Butter and Jelly sandwich
    • Mixed into a smoothie or oatmeal

    Tips for Perfect Cookie Butter

    Take it Slow: To ensure that you get the perfect creamy texture, make sure to add additional milk in very slowly. I suggest using the amount of milk the recipe calls for and blend everything together.

    After that if the butter is still too thick, then add additional milk 1 tbsp at a time until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.

    cookie butter in a bowl with a serving knife

    Cookie Options: I suggest using Lotus Biscoff cookies (speculoos cookies) or a generic gingersnap cookie. This will give you the classic Trader Joe’s cookie butter taste.

    You can find these cookies at most big grocery stores. If you cannot find this brand you can also use a generic brand of gingersnap or molasses cookies. Of course you could use virtually any cookie to make this recipe if you cannot find one of those.

    overhead view of cookie butter with gingersnap cookies

    Obviously, using a different cookie will yield a different flavor but there are endless tasty cookie options to explore. Some other great cookies to try are:

    Storage Instructions

    Store leftover cookie butter in an airtight storage container like a mason jar, or tupperware. While store bought butters can be stored at room temperature I find that this recipe keeps best in the fridge.

    When stored in the fridge it will stay good for 1-2 weeks, but it will also get firm. You can remove it from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before using, or spread it over something warm like toast and it will soften up.

    homemade cookie butter recipe

    You can also freeze the cookie butter for up to 3 months. You can store it in freezer bags, an airtight container or my favorite way is in an ice cube tray.

    With the ice cube tray method you can pop out a single serving and not defrost the entire thing. Let the cookie butter come to room temperature before eating, or add frozen into a smoothie.

    homemade cookie butter for Pinterest

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    Cookie Butter

    Ready to find your new favorite dessert?! This homemade version of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter is so easy to make and ready in 5 minutes. Serving ideas and cookie suggestions included!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cookie butter
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 79kcal
    Author: Caitlyn Erhardt

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend on high until a smooth paste forms.
    • You may need to add a bit more milk depending on the cookie you use.
    • Once you have the cookie butter to your desired consistency, enjoy immediately or store leftovers.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know what you think in the comments and ratings.

    Notes

    Cookie Suggestions: My favorite cookies to use are speculoos or Lotus Biscoff cookies. These cookies work perfectly and I recommend using them if you can find them. If you cannot find them you can use any gingersnap or molasses cookie.
    You may need to add a bit more milk or adjust the spices to your personal taste. I like to start out with the recipe above, blend, then adjust if needed. Depending on the cookie you use you may need a bit more or less milk.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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