Ah, sweet cookie butter. That sweet, creamy, spreadable concoction made of speculoos cookies. Delicious on toast and bagels, whipped into brownies or cake, or simply on a spoon. What – haven’t heard of speculoos? How about speculaas? Or specuklatius?
Nowadays we can thank the Belgians for their classic speculaas cookies. The crunchy little Indian-inspired spicy cookies are traditionally baked to be eaten around St. Nicholas’ Feast in some parts of Europe, Christmas for others. You may have had them without even knowing it – they are often served on a major airline as an in-flight snack.
Cookie butter first came to the US in 2011. It originally made its debut on television in 2007 thanks to Els Scheepers after she appeared on a Belgian television show named “De Bedenkers” (“The Inventors”). Ms. Scheepers was contacted by a Belgian cookie company and the two worked together to perfect a recipe that would take Europe by storm.
Today, we don’t have to fly to Europe to get a jar of the sweet, creamy spread. You can simply head to Sprouts and pick up a jar of cookie butter. (I love that Sprouts cookie butter is made in Europe, Germany to be more specific – it’s lecker!)
For a sweet, romantic treat, I used Sprouts Cookie Butter and whipped it into a light mousse. A few simple ingredients and a few minutes were all it took.
Cookie Butter Mousse
- 1/2 cup Sprouts Cookie Butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/4 cups chilled heavy whipping cream divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix cookie butter, powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream in bowl of stand mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add another 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and blend.
Remove mixture from bowl of mixer and set aside.
Place remaining whipping cream and vanilla extract in mixer bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in cookie butter mixture by hand until blended.
Spoon mousse into small bowls. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate.
Don’t let the lightness fool you, though. It is a rich dessert and should be enjoyed in moderation. Perhaps alongside some fresh strawberries. It looks so cute when served in miniature bowls with miniature spoons.