Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Crumbs: Trader Joe's Cookie Butter

Some people cry when they spill milk. Some bitch about crumbs in the bed. Some really don't like broken cookies in the bag. Well, Trader Joe's takes all those broken cookies and makes this awesome thing called Cookie Butter. Goddammit, I know I'm really late to the party when it comes to this product because it's been out for some time, but I  finally broke down and bought some. WOW!!!

It's not peanut butter or almond butter, but it sure does look like it. Within this velvety texture is tiny little specs of Speculoos cookies, which are crunchy Belgian cookies with a slight caramel and gingerbread flavor. It's a hint of cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg. Whatever the hell it is, dammit, it's GOOOOOD!!! It reminds me of those awesome thin Bistro Buscuits that I devour from TJ's.

Anyway, they crush it down into a fine powder and blend it with vegan stuff (vegetable oil....I know, the only downside) and they make this fantastic butter! I have been forking it bit by bit since I've bought it. "Forking it" means I'm picking at it with a fork rather than scooping it out with a spoon. Because I'm watching my weight (insert chuckle here) I've opted not to spread it on anything, although I imagine it would be delicious on apples.

Ok, since this isn't exactly all natural or even very good for you in large quantities, I offer it as a substitute for those looking for a peanut-butter-like experience minus the nuts. I'd eat this on veggies. Yeah, I don't have a problem blending the savory with the sweet. I could even throw this in a pastry bag and pipe it on top of mini cupcakes. Mmmm....Imagine the possibilities!

I've said it once and I'll say it again- I friggin love Trader Joes!! Love it! Love it! Love it! Yes, it's not always cost effective and they don't have everything you need to stock a well-used kitchen. However, when it comes to comfort foods, I really love this store. There is very little I don't like about them.

Cookie Butter: Go check it out and let me know what you think!!!


  1. Have I told you lately that I heart you?

    When this first came out they couldn't keep it on the shelves. People were buying it in bulk and bartering with it in the streets. I'm surprised that you like it despite the vegetable oil which is what gives it that buttery consistency. I would spoon it out and down it like I was eating a cup of yogurt, but I stopped doing that because it really isn't very good for you in large quantities. I also don't like the coagulated fat sensation in my mouth when I chug some cold milk with it.

    Damn.....just so you know I'm probably gonna buy a fresh jar tomorrow because of this post.

    1. Eww...cold milk. Gross.

      It's tastes really good, but I agree with you about the coagulated-fat sensation in the mouth. That's probably why I fork it instead of spoon it out. I don't think I could eat a whole jar in one sitting. It's delicious, but let's face it, I know it's oil in there that's giving it this texture.

      However, those cookies....I've been known to wolf down an entire package on bad days.

      People were bartering for it? You mean like Ben & Jerry's in VT? I saw a story on them that said since the workers get a couple of free pints a week, they barter it for stuff like haircuts and beer. lol

  2. I'd probably like that. It sounds yummy. I have a sweet tooth and buttery textures so I'd definitely enjoy it!

  3. I'd probably like that. It sounds yummy. I have a sweet tooth and buttery textures so I'd definitely enjoy it!

  4. Oops! I meant to say that I enjoy foods with a buttery texture, lol! Although if I ate lots of this stuff, I will indeed be trying to run and stomach crunch my "buttery texture" right off! ;)