With a book deadline quickly approaching, we are going to try doing something a little different on Fridays to give us more time to write and create recipes for We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook the book. We’re still experimenting, but for now it will vary from week to week, from a featured guest blogger, to an all picture post, to an oldie-but-goodie recipe, to giveaways of books or our favorite foodie items like today’s giveaway.
Yesterday, I (Rachel), shared a recipe for Pumpkin Cookie Butter Cookies, using Trader Joe’s cookie butter, a peanut-butter like spread that tastes kind of like gingerbread. Since Trader Joe’s isn’t available everywhere, I thought it might not be fair to rave about a product that some of you can’t get your hands on. My mom & lovely co-blogger just so happens to be heading to Portland tomorrow and is going to pick up a jar to give to one lucky blog reader.
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NOTE: Trader Joe’s in no way sponsored this post or giveway. We simply like this product, paid for it ourselves, and want to share it with you. However, if Trader Joe’s wants to ship us a case to giveaway to our readers, we’d be open to negotiations!
Cookies made with cookies, topped with cookies. Yes, yes, I did.
I know it sounds terribly excessive. But, I can explain, I swear!
So what happened was…
I went to Dallas Fort-Worth’s first Trader Joe’s last weekend while I was killing time before (okay, and during) Jared’s baseball game. As I was standing by a large display of Cookie Butter, reading a jar and trying to figure out what it was, a man walked by and offered his unsolicited opinion,”That stuff is amazing. Just get it. You won’t regret it.”
To which I replied, “Is it like gain-40-pounds-while-sitting-on-the-couch-licking-the-jar-clean, amazing?”
Pushing his cart on his way down the aisle, he hollered over his shoulder, “You might want to get some stretchy pants, but it will all be worth it.”
I was officially intrigued and a little nervous for my waistline. So in my cart the Cookie Butter went.
It turns out, this peanut butter-like spread is made from 57% crushed cookies (and, as one online reviewer put it, a collection of less than healthy natural ingredients…mostly oils and sugars). It feels like really creamy peanut butter with tiny bits of cookie in it, and tastes kind of like gingerbread. It’s hard to compare it to anything, because it’s just unlike anything I’ve ever had. (Though, I’ve heard it’s similar to Biscoff Spread, popular in Europe.)
In a week, I have indeed licked the jar clean, mostly just eating it straight from a spoon. Lucky for me, I wear stretchy pants most days anyway, so I didn’t have to run out and buy a pair.
I did manage to actually make a cookie recipe with the small amount of cookie butter I didn’t eat right out of the jar. In an effort to redeem myself, I even tried to make them a little bit healthier than average cookies, by using all whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, and pumpkin instead of oil. (Peanut butter definitely wins in the overall nutrition category, but believe it or not, peanut butter has more fat, sugar, sodium, and calories than cookie butter.)
Have I redeemed myself yet?
I had just enough cookie butter left to smear onto one cookie. It was heavenly. Then I shed a tear for the rest of the batch who would not get to experience the full glory of being cookies, made with cookies, topped with cookies.
If you can get your hands on some of this yummy spread, take a lesson from me and don’t let your cookies suffer because you couldn’t keep your spoon out of the cookie butter jar.
And if you can’t get your hands on Cookie Butter, stick around for tomorrow’s post. We’ll be doing a giveaway you don’t want to miss!
Note: This was post was not sponsored in any way by Trader Joe’s. Opinions and expenses were all mine.
Rachel’s Pumpkin Cookie Butter Cookies
Makes ~ 14 cookies
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/3 c. rolled oats (not the quick-cooking kind)
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 heaping c. Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread (I’m sure you could sub a creamy nut butter and a little bit of pumpkin pie seasoning if that’s all you have.)
1/2 c. pumpkin
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. milk (I used unsweet almond milk)
1 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray
In a bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl or mixer, mix cookie butter, pumpkin, sugars, milk, and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients to wet and combine. The dough will be little thinner and stickier than your average cookie dough.
Roll dough into golf ball size balls and place on cookie sheet two inches apart. Spray a fork with non-stick spray and press a criss-cross pattern into each cookie, respraying your fork as needed.
Bake for 13-15 minutes. Let cool completely.
Enjoy as is or with a smear of cookie butter on top.
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