Cookie butter
Main ingredientsSpice cookie, fat, and sugar
VariationsOther crumbly cakes, additional ingredients (cocoa, liquor, coconut, oats, jams)

Cookie butter (Dutch: speculoospasta, Danish: trøffelmasse) is a food paste made primarily from speculoos cookie crumbs (such as Biscoff in the United States and United Kingdom), fat (such as vegetable oil, condensed milk or butter), flour, and sugar. The ingredients are mixed until it becomes spreadable on a sandwich. In countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, it is a common alternative to nut butter and chocolate spreads.


The idea is generally attributed to Oma Wapsie, pseudonym of the Dutch Rita, who placed the recipe on her website in 2002.[1]

The idea spread widely in part to a Belgian TV inventor show, called De Bedenkers ("The Inventors"). Two people presented a competing recipe to make a spreadable product out of Speculoos cookies: chef Danny De Maeyer who already filed a patent at that time, and Els Scheppers. Lotus, the biggest brand of Speculoos (known as Biscoff in the US) cookies, bought her idea and brought it to market. They also bought De Maeyer's patent in 2009, so as to seal the market.

On January 20, 2011, a court of commerce in Ghent, Belgium, denied the patent because the recipe had already been published on a Dutch website prior to its production.[1]

Today, with the monopoly lifted, cookie butter is available under many brands, including Lotus Biscoff and Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter.

In the United States

Commercially available Speculoos cookie butter
Commercially available Speculoos cookie butter

The spread gained a cult following in the United States in 2015.[2][3][4] It is often served during holidays.[2] Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter is the most recognizable brand. However, Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter is quite popular as well.[5][6]

Various Types

In Scandinavia, a different kind of cookie butter has been used to make confectionery cakes for many years. It usually has a very thick consistency and is flavoured with cocoa and liquor.[citation needed]

In Sweden, cookie butter is the main ingredient in dammsugare (Punsch-rolls). The buttery paste is flavoured with cocoa and punsch, wrapped in a thin sheet of marzipan and dipped in dark chocolate. The marzipan is usually coloured brightly green.[citation needed]

In Denmark, cookie butter is known as trøffelmasse and is used for many traditional confectionery cakes such as studenterbrød, romkugler (known as trøfler in some parts of the country) and træstammer (a bit similar to the Swedish dammsugare) on sale in most bakeries. The cookie butter is mostly flavoured with cocoa and often includes other types of crumbled cakes. It is sometimes mixed with shredded coconut, rolled oats or jams. For the jam, apricot or raspberry is the preferred ingredient.[7][8][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Hoe Oma Wapsie uw speculoospasta uitvond ('How Grandma Wapsie invented your cookie butter'), Jan 29, 2011
  2. ^ a b Goldberg, Elyssa (30 April 2015). "Cookie Butter: Speculoos Spread Hits It Big". Bon Appétit. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. ^ Greenbaum, Dave (7 December 2014). "Make Cookie Butter at Home with Four Ingredients". Lifehacker. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. ^ Briggs, Tracy (13 August 2015). "The Great Indoors: Cookie butter obsession leads to blondie ..." INFORUM. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Cookie Butter is Trader Joe's most popular product — here's why it's the best". 21 June 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Cookie Butter". Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ Camilla Biesbjerg Markussen (18 June 2018). "Romkugler med kokos og krymmel" [Rum-balls with coconut and sprinkles] (in Danish). Spis Bedre. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  8. ^ Josefina Estrada (20 April 2018). "Hjemmelavede studenterbrød" [Homemade "studenterbrød"] (in Danish). Samvirke. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Opskrift: Svenske træstammer" [Recipe: Swedish "træstammer"] (in Danish). Frk. Kræsen. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2019.