A foodie friend gave us this Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter for Christmas. It’s available at your local Trader Joe’s and it’s the premium choice of cookie butters. So much so that it is generally sold out. If you have never had cookie butter it’s a delicious spread made out of spiced shortbread cookies and other goodness (some say crack is an ingredient – you will know why once you try it…). We of course immediately opened the jar and tasted it to see if it was tried and true to its hype. Afterward, it migrated its way into the pantry. I saw it today and began to think, what am I ever going to do with this stuff??? The only thing that came to mind was no bake cookies. So here we are… and OH MY GOODNESS are these fabulous.
These cookies are quick, simple, and an amazing cross between spiced shortbread, oatmeal cookies, and fudge. They are addictive, delicious, and are one of the most popular things I have ever sent to my husband’s office. It’s like eating an oatmeal cookie that melts like fudge in your mouth – I highly recommend the experience.
COOKIE BUTTER NO BAKE COOKIES
makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup cookie butter
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
add 1/4 cup more oats for thicker cookies
DIRECTIONS: In a large saucepan combine sugar, butter, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring to prevent sugar from burning and to combine ingredients. Boil for 1 minute without stirring. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients: vanilla, cookie butter, and oats. Stir until all ingredients are melted and incorporated evenly. Spoon onto cookie sheets covered in wax or parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
Once cooled they will be set and ready to devour with glee. I keep mine in a storage tin on sheets of parchment so they won’t stick together.
Tips: if you want a firmer cookie: only use 1/2 cup of cookie butter. I like mine more fudge-like and of course the more cookie butter the better…
Here’s to the paradox of making cookies out of something made out of cookies,