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! 

olaw1012 months ago
kiwi236 months ago
Why is white chocolate in the picture but not the instructions?
gamerguy1310 months ago

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.

thehbird1 year ago

lol funny and delicious

28.martine1 year ago

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

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? http://www.biscoff.com/

lmnopeas (author)  lovebugg246011 year ago

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

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

lmnopeas (author)  FrecklesMagee1 year ago


Sound me great.Want to make it!

lmnopeas (author)  Swapna B1 year ago


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) 1 year ago

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.


TMerkman1 year ago

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

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 :)

lmnopeas (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

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!

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 Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thanks Tarun!