The sweet, addictive flavor of cookie butter gets a salty sidekick in these Pretzel-Coated Cookie Butter Truffles.
How did we go from Thanksgiving being just last week to all of a sudden having less than 3 weeks until Christmas? I’m freaking out a bit, mostly because I want to enjoy a whole lot of quality holiday baking time (well that and I need to start Christmas shopping immediately). Good news. The butter and sugar is already stockpiled in my kitchen. The recipe ideas are all floating around within the scary abyss that is my head. Now it’s just a matter of having enough time to get baking. I can do this. Tell me I can do this.
Cookie butter has been on my mind. Big time. I love the stuff. It’s addictive quality is pure sorcery. And ever since my first experience with cookie butter at the Wafels & Dinges food truck here in NYC, I’ve been hooked. Only they call it speculoos. Which is also the same as biscoff spread. Three names… same ridiculousness.
Cookie Butter, how I adore thee. I was super proud of myself when I made Speculoos Crack Pie last year around this time. And then I just saw Pamela over at Brooklyn Farm Girl make this crazy good-looking Swirled Cookie Butter Cheesecake (by the way, you should totally start reading her blog… it’s really awesome).
And now I’m probably going to be crazy obsessed with cookie butter recipes for the next month and start adding it into anything and everything. So I apologize in advance for my current state of fixation.
Let’s take a step back, because it could be possible, no matter how unfortunate, that some of you may have never had the pleasure of meeting its acquaintance. So if you don’t know what cookie butter (i.e. speculoos) (i.e. biscoff spread) is, let’s just say you’re missing out in pretty much the biggest way possible. Like, it’s pretty much the greatest culinary achievement of our time. If the apocalypse occurs tomorrow and all that survived was one jar of this stuff, and that’s all our human race was remembered for, I would be content.
It has the consistency of peanut butter and has the flavor of slightly caramelized and finely crushed up gingerbreadish-shortbread cookies. It’s something that you just need to try. It will literally change your life. Kind of like when you first tried Nutella… but like 1,000 times better than that experience. I know that’s a bold claim. And I stand by that claim.
Note: there have been some questions about where you can obtain cookie butter/speculoos/biscoff spread. Cookie Butter is sold exclusively at Trader Joe’s, but can also be found online (just do a quick google search). I’ve never seen speculoos or biscoff spread in grocery stores near me, but it is readily available online also.
If you choose to bring these to a party, be prepare to become best friends with everyone there. They’ll all love you and possibly want your autograph. It’s the whole salty-sweet thing. We all love salty-sweet. Well I guess there are people that don’t love that combo. But can they really be trusted? And would you want to be friends with them anyway?
Just kidding. We love you non salty-sweet peeps too 🙂 You can feel free to coat these truffles in some melted chocolate instead.
Pretzel Coated Cookie Butter Truffles
- Yield: Approximately 12 truffles 1x
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup cookie butter
- 1/2 cup speculoos cookies (or graham crackers), finely ground*
- 1/3 cup cinnamon chips (or substitute white/dark chocolate chips if needed)
- 1/2 cup pretzels, crushed**
- *finely grind cookies in a food processor
- **crush pretzels in a ziploc bag using a rolling pin or carefully pulse in food processor.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a medium mixing bowl with an electic mixture), thoroughly combine butter and brown sugar. Add in vanilla, salt, cookie butter, and ground cookies. Fold in cinnamon chips.
- Chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator. Scoop into small truffle-size shaped balls and roll around in the crushed pretzels to coat. Freeze for 30 minutes and serve.
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A look at the Land O’ Lakes Butter I bought at Walmart. I took the upside down one 🙂 Oh, and I always buy unsalted. That way I can control the amount of salt I add to the recipe.
Oh these I will be making! Thank you Chris, now I have something amazing to bring on Christmas eve. Salty and Sweet and anything with speculoos! These look so amazing. I just hope I can keep from eating them all myself.
Isn’t salty and sweet the best? I find myself incorporating salt into a lot of my baking nowadays. And of course adding speculoos is always a good idea 😉
Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
Ok confession….I’ve never had cookie butter. Can you believe that?! I’m going to Trader Joes today, so I think I’m going to have to pick some up now. These look to die for!!!
Never had cookie butter?! Ermahgerd! Nicole you have to get it immediately!
Yum, I could sure eat a few of these truffles. Cookie butter is a gentle devil to me, I know I should say no, but I can’t just stop being bad. 😉 Thanks for the blog love – hope you’re having a great weekend!
You are so right Pamela. Cookie butter is highly addictive… they should put a warning label on the jar or something!
Sarah & Arkadi
These look so great! I could have a dozen of this right now!
Haha thanks Sarah & Arkadi. I’m not sure about a dozen though… they are super rich! But hey, go for it 😉
I feel the same way right now – I have no idea how I’m going to squeeze everything in between now and Christmas!
And yes yes yes to these truffles. I LOVE cookie butter and then you went and did the whole salty/sweet thing with it.
I know, right Ashley?! How does Christmas always seem to sneak up on us like this?! Glad to know I’m not the only one in love with cookie butter 🙂
OK I am at a loss, what is cookie butter ansd speculoos and where do I get these things. I have a Christmas party on Wednesday and want to try this. Thanks.
Sorry for not making that clearer, Linda! Speculoos is the pretty much the same as biscoff spread, which is the same as cookie butter. It has a peanut butter consistency but tastes like gingerbreadish-shortbread cookies. Very, very highly addictive 🙂 Cookie butter is probably the best known name for the stuff at this point thanks to it being readily available at Trader Joes. If you have a Trader Joe’s by you, that’s the easiest way to score a jar, or you can find it online here on Amazon (although you’ll pay a lot more if you order through Amazon). And here’s Biscoff Spread on Amazon. Hope this helps… let me know if you have any other questions 🙂
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker
Now you certainly don’t come across truffles like these everyday. I love how unique this is. Pretzel and cookie butter? Come to mama! 😀 Pinned. Have a great week Chris!
I’ve never had cookie butter but now I want these! Thanks for sharing, they look amazing! #client
Thanks so much Kristy… and you TOTALLY have to go get cookie butter! It’ll change your life forever 🙂