What Exactly Is Cookie Butter? Here’s What You Should Know

updated Sep 22, 2023
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cookie butter being scooped out of a reused peanut butter jar
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While many of us try our best to wait for fall to arrive before reveling in all of the holiday foods and festivities, sometimes it’s just a challenge. In other words, it’s perfectly normal to start stocking up on seasonal favorites like cookie butter long before autumnal weather takes over. The important question: What is cookie butter exactly and how is it made?

Quick Overview

Biscoff is widely known for its iconic, oval-shaped cookies, which come in a sleeve of red and white packaging and are commonly served to passengers on flights as an on-board snack. The cookie company, however, is also largely associated with its cookie butter spread, which is made from the cookies, along with a few other ingredients.

Cookie butter is a spread made from blending Belgian speculoos cookies, vegetable oil, cane sugar, and flour. The spread (and the cookies from which it is made) is known for its heavily spiced flavor, which comes from a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, clove, anise seed, ginger, white pepper, and cardamom. The name speculoos is believed to come from the Latin word speculum, which means mirror — this may refer to the fact that the designs on the cookies reflect the molds used to make them, according to Culture Trip.

In the United States, many of the flavors in cookie butter are largely associated with fall and winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, so this is why many people choose to make desserts with cookie butter around this time, though the product is available year-round.

The main flavors in cookie butter come from the various, fragrant spices used to make the cookies that are then blended to make the spread. Some additional ingredients may be added to the spread, but the main flavors come from a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, clove, anise seed, ginger, white pepper, and cardamom.

As mentioned above, you can buy cookie butter at just about any Trader Joe’s store. You can also buy Biscoff’s cookie butter at various grocery store chains like Target, Walmart, Stop and Shop, and Costco. Otherwise, you can also order cookie butter via Amazon as well.