Homemade cookie butter may contain caramelized biscuit cookies, light brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and molasses. One home recipe calls for only four ingredients: cookies, vegetable oil, water and powdered sugar. This recipe suggests using crumbly types of cookies, such as biscuits or sugar cookies. The cream filling in some cookies, like Oreos, melts and may give homemade cookie butter a runny consistency.
Chunky cookies, such as chocolate or peanut butter chip, give the cookie butter a crunchy texture. Other recipes add peanuts, walnuts or almonds to the cookie butter in order to bulk up the spread and give it volume. For added flavor, some recipes call for ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or ginger. A recipe may also call for vanilla or almond extract. Some recipes use condensed milk as the fat in cookie butter recipes instead of vegetable oil.
The ingredients in Trader Joe’s brand cookie butter include wheat flour, candy sugar, margarine, cinnamon and nutmeg. Trader Joe's also adds non-dairy butter flavor and sodium hydrogen carbonate to its recipe as leavening.
Biscoff, manufactured in Lembeke, Belgium by Lotus, is another brand of commercially available cookie spread. Biscoff cookies, known in Europe as speculoos, are the main ingredient in this cookie butter. There are no genetically modified products in Biscoff spread and no nuts. Biscoff spread also has zero grams trans fat per serving and no cholesterol. The spread is available in creamy or crunchy varieties.