Introduction: Cookie Butter

Picture of Cookie Butter

I first discovered cookie butter last year at my local grocer Trader Joe's. Being a cookie lover, I was more than excited to grab a jar and get home as quickly as I could to try it. To my disappointment, it tasted like eating a gingerbread cookie. Not that I don't love gingerbread cookies! It just wasn't what I expected a "Cookie Butter" to taste like. The first cookie butter originated in Belgium and is made with the traditional & popular "Speculoos" aka Speculaas cookie. It's ingredients include cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, pepper, etc. Hence, the gingerbread flavor. 

Anywhoo, I wanted to create a "Cookie Butter" that didn't taste like " Cookie Butter".  Does that make sense? So, I created this! The most delicious, rich and creamy homemade awesome goodness, that doesn't taste like a gingerbread cookie.  Eat it with a spoon, put in on ice cream, eat it with fruit. There's no wrong way to eat cookie butter! Be creative!  

Cookie Butter has somewhat of a cult following and  at some point there was a shortage. Imagine that! A "cookie butter" shortage. Well, now you can make your own! Mix and match different nuts and chocolate chips to make different flavors. I opted to leave out the white chocolate chips I was going to originally add. Next time I might add a pinch of salt. 

Package these in small containers with a little spoon and give them out as Valentine Treats! 

Recipe inspired by AveryCooks

Cookie Butter

2  (11.5) oz bags Butter Crunch Cashews- candied almonds would work just as well

1 box of Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookies - use 1 pkg form the box. About 15 cookies. 

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp salt

Special Equipment

Food Processor

Soft spoon Spatula

Jar's or Containers

Make the Cookie Butter

In the bowl of a food processor, add the butter crunch cashews. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides. Continue to blend until the mixture forms a big dough ball. This will take a while, so be patient. Keep blending for about 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is soft and creamy. Next, add the cookies. Blend until all the cookies are well combined. Last, add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Give the butter one last pulse.

Vilola! Cookie Butter!

Store your Cookie Butter in an airtight Jar or container. I would recommend refrigeration, although it may firm up a bit. You can let it sit out at room temp for 30 minutes to allow the consistency to soften up a bit if you wish! 


mrsmerwin (author)2017-02-05

I did not have any candied nuts so I used pecans and Oreo cookies. Delicious.

sofiasoccerstar (author)2015-09-12


olaw101 (author)2015-06-24


kiwi23 (author)2015-02-28

Why is white chocolate in the picture but not the instructions?

gamerguy13 (author)2014-10-16

This looks delicious! Do you suppose that I could do this and substitute the Lorna Doones for Oreo's (just the cookie part)? Now, that is something I could eat straight out of a jar.

thehbird (author)2014-03-10

lol funny and delicious

28.martine (author)2014-02-27

i live in holland and my kids eat a jar of speculoos in just a few days

lovebugg24601 (author)2014-02-13

my brother and I eat a kind of color butter that I cant remember the name of. I know it starts with a b. I was wondering if it is the same kind you are talking about.

Biscoff Spread?

lmnopeas (author)lovebugg246012014-02-16

I'm pretty sure it's not this one. I'm not sure what you mean by " color butter"? Butterscotch?

FrecklesMagee (author)2014-02-10

I love this! Combining two delicious things into one delectable thing is so cool!

lmnopeas (author)FrecklesMagee2014-02-10


Swapna B (author)lmnopeas2014-02-12

Sound me great.Want to make it!

lmnopeas (author)Swapna B2014-02-12


FrecklesMagee (author)2014-02-12

Do you spread this on anything, or just eat it whole?

Whoops! I just read the little thing about ice cream and creativity!

lmnopeas (author)2014-02-11

You could try a mixer. I would definitely recommend grinding the cookies and nuts before adding them to the mixer. You could also try using a blender. If you use any of these methods, please let me know how it turns out.


TMerkman (author)2014-02-11

Could you make this with a mixer does it have to be a food processor?

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-02-10

Awesome! I've always kind of wondered what cookie butter would be like! Your recipe for it sounds pretty awesome, but now I wanna make a chocolate version :)

A chocolate version would be awesome! This version was inspired by dislike for the one at TJ's! It's addciting!

I thought you still liked it, just didn't expect it!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-10

I used to buy a lot from Trader Joe's when I was in Culver City, they have awesome food products.I especially love their food sampling everyday. Totally loving your recipe...Awesome. looks sinfully delicious ;)

Thank you so much for sharing :)

lmnopeas (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-02-10

Thanks Tarun!

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