How to make your own cookie butter

How to make your own cookie butter

Speculaas, the traditional spiced Dutch biscuit, is having a moment. Abigail Donnelly shows how easy it is to master this delicious treat – plus two ideas for using it.

What is cookie butter?

Get ready to meet your new favourite sandwich spread. Cookie butter is a spread made of ground speculaas biscuits, sold in European supermarkets the same way Nutella is. If you can’t get your hands on a jar, fear not, as it’s pretty easy to make yourself.

Find the recipe for cookie butter here. 

What do I do with it?

Use it as you would peanut butter – on toast or in bakes such as the s’mookie, which is a s’more made with a layer of cookie butter. It’s also in cakes and swirled through brownies or even used as a filling for a chocolate cake. Or you could simply eat it with a spoon. We’d understand.

Inspired? These are our favourite ways to use cookie butter.

Cookie butter with frothy milk

A spiced play on a hot chocolate, this will warm you up from the inside out.
cookie butter with frothy milk
Get the recipe for cookie butter with frothy milk here.

Chocolate-and-gingerbread tray sponge

Make a batch of cookie butter and you’ll always have a delicious cake frosting ready to go.
chocolate and gingerbread tray sponge
Get the recipe for chocolate-and-ginger tray sponge here.

Photographs: Myburgh Du Plessis
Food Assistant: Bianca Strydom



    125 g ginger biscuits
    1⁄3 cup water
    ¼ t ground cinnamon
    ¼ t mixed spice
    2 T golden syrup
    ½ cup coconut oil

    Step 1

    1. Blend the ginger biscuits, water, cinnamon, mixed spice and syrup until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and cook over a low heat until bubbling and smooth.
    2. Transfer to a blender and add the coconut oil, then blend until thick. Cover and chill for 15 minutes.

    Step 2

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