|Spiced Speculoos Cookie Butter Cookies|
I was honored, along with almost 500 other food blogger participants world-wide, to be a part of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year. It's a great and fun event organized by Lindsay and Taylor at Love and Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen where food bloggers sign up and get matched up with 3 other food bloggers. As part of the event, you send the bloggers each a dozen of your homemade cookies, and in turn you get to receive 3 separate dozen cookies from other bloggers. In addition to the opportunity to meet other food bloggers and taste their goodies, the Swap is also a fund raiser, and partners with Cookies for Kid's Cancer. It's a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer. It's a win-win-win!
I was fortunate to be matched up with three great ladies- Christina from Straciatellabella; Kelly from Long Distance Bakin; and Amanda from From Me to Vuu and sent them each a dozen of my Spiced Speculoos Cookie Butter Cookies.
Thank you too to the three bloggers who sent me goodies. I received dark chocolate salted caramel dipped biscotti from Take Two Tapas , absolutely delicious caramel chocolate chip bars from Karen at InTheKitchenWithKP, and chocolate chip and caramel cookies from Momma Told Me.
These Spiced Speculoos Cookie Butter Cookies are pretty awesome, and are one of my favorites. They're unlike any cookie I've ever had, and the only way I can describe them is that they are crispy, crunchy, spicy, and taste like a cross between an old fashioned iced oatmeal and a gingerbread molasses cookie. The cookie butter for the recipe can be found at Trader Joe's, and after coming up with this recipe, cookie butter has become a pantry staple in my house.
|Loaf tray- HomeGoods|
Polka Dot ribbon and food safe cello bag- FabricBarn
Gift tag- HomeGoods
- To pack these cookies, I took a small loaf tray from Christy Designs (found at HomeGoods) and placed a dozen cookies upright in the tray. They were nice and snug. I then placed the tray of cookies into a food safe clear bag and affixed tape to the open end so it was sealed airtight. Ribbon and a cute tag completed the wrapping.
- Anytime I ship out cookies in particular, I always add a layer of bubblewrap lightly around the package and affix it to itself with scotch tape. Once you place the cookies in a box to ship, you should also use bubble wrap or some other filler in the box to ensure the cookies won't toss around during the mailing process.
Spiced Speculoos Cookie Butter Cookies
Makes 42- 3" round cookies
1 14oz jar Speculoos Cookie Butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
4 tsp vanilla paste
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking oats)
2 cups all- purpose flour
3/4 cup sliced honey roasted almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Beat together the cookie butter and butter in a mixing bowl until creamy, 3-4 minutes
- Add in the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla paste, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix to combine thoroughly
- In a separate small bowl, stir together the salt, soda, oats, and flour
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix just to combine
- Mix in the almonds by hand with a large spoon
- Using a medium-sized cookie scoop, scoop out dough and spread out evenly a dozen dough balls on each parchment lined cookie sheet
- Bake for 11- 14 minutes, until the cookies start to brown around the edges and are cooked thoroughly in the middle. Do not overcook
- Let cookies cool completely on wire racks before packaging or storing in a container with a lid