Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
When I saw it in the peanut butter aisle I knew I had to try it. The full name is Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter. “A deliciously unusual spread reminiscent of gingerbread and made with crushed biscuits.”
I never heard of Speculoos before and, apparently, it’s made of wheat flour, candy sugar, margarine, canola oil, grapeseed oil, water, salt and emulsifier. That’s just for the Speculoos. Which still didn’t tell me what it was so I Googled it.
According to Wikipedia, “Speculoos is a type of shortcrust biscuit, traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas’ feast in the Netherlands (December 5), Belgium (December 6), and Northern France. In recent decades it has become available all year round. Speculoos are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most significantly, have some image or figure (often from the traditional stories about St. Nicholas) stamped on the front side before baking; the back is flat.”
Moving on….when I got home I immediately opened the jar and attacked with a spoon. My first taste left me thinking this was definitely over-hyped. I’ll stick with Nutella. The next time I tried it I started to understand what people love about it, it’s like eating a creamy cookie….a gingersnap pureed into a silky butter. It’s pretty darn delicious!
Suggestions for usage are on the side of the jar:
Spread on pancakes or waffles
Peanut butter and “cookie” sandwiches
Serve on ice cream
Dip pretzels or celery
I say a spoon is all that’s needed.