What's the scoop on cookie butter? It sure sounds delicious, but what is it really? Cookie butter, also known as speculoos cream, is a sweet cookie paste with a peanut butter-like texture, brimming in gingerbread and warm caramel-like flavor.

Cookie butter is made primarily with speculoos cookies. For those of our readers who need some help jogging their memories, we're talking about those charming spiced Dutch windmill cookies often found in Grandma's pantry.

Not knowing how you feel about Dutch windmill cookies, it may or may not be at the top of your cookie popularity list. But, it's the simple speculoos cookie that is primarily responsible for creating the undeniable magic that happens in this rich, creamy, delicious cookie butter.



  • 8 ounces speculoos cookies (Lotus Biscoff Cookies)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a food processor, pulse the speculoos cookies until finely ground, like sand.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, evaporated milk, coconut oil, ground cinnamon, and salt. Give all the ingredients a quick stir.

  3. Add the ingredients in the bowl to the ground cookies in the food processor. Process on low to medium setting until the mixture is silky-smooth. If the cookie butter seems too thick, add a splash of evaporated milk to loosen the consistency. If the cookie butter appears too watery, simply add more cookies.

  4. Quickly pour the warm and fluid cookie butter out of the food processor and into an airtight container such as a glass lidded jar. Enjoy!


  • food processor
  • medium bowl
  • glass jar (optional)

Recipe Notes

How Do I Store Homemade Cookie Butter?

You can store homemade cookie butter in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 days in an airtight container. We prefer to keep our homemade cookie butter in glass jars to prevent odors from penetrating. Before serving, allow your cookie butter to sit at room temperature until softened.

I Don't Have Coconut Oil. Can I Use Vegetable Oil Instead?

Sure. To substitute vegetable oil for coconut oil, use the same amount of vegetable oil as coconut oil.

How To Use Cookie Butter

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Brittany Baxter

So you want to know how to use cookie butter? Honestly, how shouldn't you use cookie butter? This creamy, dreamy sweet, and spicy cookie spread has gained quite a cult-like following, especially amongst Trader Joe's fans. Seriously, #cookiebutteraddicts you know what's up!

You can literally use cookie butter in just about anything! You'll even spot cookie butter beer at your local Trader Joes! Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer is trending on Instagram and flying off shelves this fall for its incredible toasty gingerbread and cinnamon flavor! Want to learn ways to enjoy your homemade cookie butter? Here are some of our favorite ways to use cookie butter:

  • Use cookie butter as a rich and creamy dip for homemade cookies. Try our spicy gingersnaps or classic shortbread cookies as part of your tasty delivery system.
  • Take your homemade no-bake granola bars to a whole new level with your cookie butter!
  • Make a smoothie overly indulgent with a scoop or two with your homemade cookie butter!
  • Give avocado toast a rest, we won't tell! Instead, spread cookie butter on your toast, along with some Nutella. You could also enjoy cookie butter on an English muffin.
  • Enjoy cookie butter overnight oats, or with traditional oatmeal.
  • Dip your fruits and veggies in cookie butter. Our favorites are apples, celery, pears, and strawberries.
  • Move over peanut butter and almond butter! Surprise your littles with a cookie butter and jelly sandwich in their lunchbox!
  • There are an abundance of ways to upgrade your waffle, pancake, or dutch baby game; spreading cookie butter on top is at the head of the list!
  • Whip up some softbatch cookie butter brown sugar cookies with your homemade cookie butter! These melt in your mouth treats don't need any white sugar or butter, and you'll see why when you take a bite.
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