Saturday, April 26, 2014

52WoC Week 14: Belgium - Cookie Butter

When you first think Belgium food, there is no way your head doesn't immediately go to waffles. Waffles are one of those beautiful items that can be made sweet or savory and can be eaten as breakfast or dessert and everything in between. But one thing MAKES a waffle and that's the toppings. In New York, the popular chain Wafel and Dinges calls these toppings "dinges" which is Dutch for whatchmacallits. The king of dinges is cookie butter made with the most Belgium of all cookies: the speculoo.

Speculoos are heavily spiced shortbread cookie that go by a few hundred names. Growing up, I knew them as windmill cookies but as an adult I mostly refer to them by one of the name brands: Biscoffs. These are the cookies that you get on Delta1 flights. These cookies make the ultimate cookie butter. They are so rich and spiced that they will excite anything you put it on. And I know every person and their Instagram follower loves cookie butter these days but I literally live off of it. Ever since I learned about my allergy to peanuts, cookie butter has been a life saver. Regardless, this recipe can be made with pretty much any cookie that is a similar texture. So something like a gingersnap would work great while a chocolate chip cookie would be straight awful.

Cookie Butter

Qty Ingredient Procedure
8 oz Speculoos
  1. Grind as fine as possible in a food processor.
1/3 cup vegetable oil1
  1. Drizzle in oil slowly until you get to a peanut butter like texture

This recipe is kind of a joke and you don't really need a full write up but here it goes. Start by grinding the cookies in a food processor as fine as humanly possible. Ideally, you want to make cookie dust. Once you get to a very fine texture, start to drizzle the in the oil while continuing to run the cookie dust in the food processor. You want to add the oil slowly, I add it at a tortoise pace, similar to making mayonnaise - drop by drop. Once all the oil is added, let it sit for 5-10 minutes to let the oil full absorb into the cookie dust. If it's too dry, simply add more oil. If you don't let it sit for a little bit of time before enjoying, it will be very gritty.

  1. I rarely fly Delta anymore but, man, those cookies are the best part of flying Delta. Perfect flight snack.  

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