So Take That!: Homemade Cookie Butter

by Kelly M

It’s not my fault.

Trader joe’s made me do it. They drove me to this point of cookie dervived insanity.

If they had not run out of that glorious cookie butter, I wouldn’t be putting them out of business.

I didn’t really think this cookie butter would turn out so well. Actually, I was expecting failure. I didn’t even use cookies!

I know some of you may be considering this treason, but here me out:

This stuff is better.


I bet you don’t believe me. You want to be loyal to your one true love.

But remember Trader Joe’s is out of cookie butter. And this stuff isn’t going anywhere.

Well, until you make it anyway. Then it’ll be gone.

So just make more.

See who really loves you?

Homemade Gluten Free Cookie Butter

I almost couldn’t believe ow much better this tastes than the original. It almost isn’t fair. I almost shouldn’t insist you make it this very moment or you’ll be sorry and sad and cookie-less.


Makes about 1+ cups


2c. raw cashews (you could also use almond, or for a cheaper option, peanuts for a peanut butter cookie butter)

2t black strap molasses

1/8t ginger

1/8t nutmeg

1/8t cloves

1/4t cinnamon

2t brown sugar (or erythritol)


Blend cashews until butterized in a food processor. Be patient. This might take awhile. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

With the processor running, add in remaning ingredients except the molasses. Keep blending until the cashew mixture is buttery again, and then add in molasses. Blend until buttery once more, get out your spoon, and eat!

Yeah, and that last part isn’t optional.


-Kelly M.


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1 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 5, 2012 at 5:54 am

You just made my day with this recipe! I just finished my jar of Trader Joe’s cookie butter and I am slightly obsessed with it! Thank you for this!


2 Kelly M January 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Aaw, thank you! Your comment just made my day. ;)


3 Emily @ Life on Food January 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

That stuff is amazing right? So happy you posted this. I cannot wait to try it out.


4 Kelly M January 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Thank you! And yes cookie butter is amazing (and inspirational!)


5 Chelsea @ The Nut Butter Runner January 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Dear lord this looks AWESOME! You are a genius. :) I bow to you for making this GF, because all of the other cookie butter recipes I’ve seen were not.. Which is just no fun for my tumtum! (..Ps, I’m actually a five year old.)


6 Kelly M January 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

You are so sweet. And thank you so much for nominating me for the award! It really means sooo much to me. Thank you. ;)


7 Tara January 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Your version is healthier and better tasting?! Uhh winner right here! Love it! TJ’s still needs to make it a year round item for back up though, ya know, in case your like me and your food processor starts smoking every now and then… hopefully I can get it to work long enough to make this!


8 Kelly M January 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Haha, I laughed when I read this. I know about tempermental food processor alright… my last one melted (don’t ask.) Good luck with yours! ;) I hear TJ’s did FINALLY make it a year round thing, but they are totally out of stock of the stuff here in SoCal. Ugh.


9 cathy@1970kikiproject January 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

We have no trader jo’s in canada, boo hoo!
This sounds awesome! I love eating peanut butter right out of the jar with a spoon so I bet this is just as good, if not better!


10 Kelly M January 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm

You don’t have TJ’s?!?!?!?!? I am so sorry. Want to come stay with me for the winter? You can go to Trader Joe’s all you want…


11 Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

Mmmmmmmmmm this looks amazing!! I love Biscoff, but I also wanna try TJ’s! Now I wanna try this, lol. And it’s great b/c your recipe is just like nut butter, but cookie flavored, so it’s healthier.


12 Kelly M January 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Aaw, thanks Ellie! I’ll be getting that guest post to you soon, and you can just put it up when you want. ;)

Isn’t Biscoff great? Additive… but great.


13 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Good news, I don’t have a trader joes so I can make this recipe to my hearts delight! LOL This looks too amazing for words!


14 Kelly M January 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

You don’t have a TJ’s?!? I am so sorry. oOu can either come live with me or make this. Or come live with me and I’ll make it for you. ;)


15 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I know, I read all about the amazing thing everone finds at Trader Joes and hate that I don’t have one. One time a blogger friend sent me peanut flour from TJ’s and I fell in love with it but couldn’t find it anywhere down here! :( I will most definitley have to make it! Visitng could be an option too! ;)


16 Kristina January 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

WHAT is COOKIE BUTTER??? How I have I never heard of this until now???!??
I think you just made my life.


17 Kelly M January 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

No, think YOU just made my life. ;)

You haven’t had cookie butter?!?!?!? Well, I’ll just have to make some for you.


18 AnnettaJayne August 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I, like Kristina, have never heard of cookie butter… and have never been to a Trader Joe’s. However, I will be making your version of this “cookie butter” you speak of :)

Side note: TJ is opening here in Austin next month!!!

Thank you for the enlightenment!


19 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

Looks like you came up with a winner! Take that, TJ’s :)


20 Kelly M January 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Thanks, Averie! That means a lot coming from a fellow cookie butter enthusiast. ;)


21 Hannah January 7, 2012 at 3:44 am

Oooh, this reminds me of the cashew fig molasses butter I made, but without that pesky healthy fruit involved! Will definitely need to try this in my new food processor :D


22 Kelly M January 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Cashew. Fig. Molasses butter? You are a GENIUS.

Aren’t new food processors great? ;)


23 Indiana June 16, 2012 at 5:53 am

Yum! I really need to try this cookie butter! I can’t believe we don’t have TJ’s in Australia :( pretty devastating stuff!


24 Kelly M June 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

Wait. You’ve lived this long without cookie butter? I should hop on a plane and give you a jar. ;)


25 Melissa June 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I’m up here in Canada were they don’t have trader joes and don’t have cookie butter!! I just found out about this and searched for it everywhere it seems I will absolutely be trying this out it sounds awesome ! looki g fowler to it and with no Tj’s to compare it to it will be the best I ever tried :)


26 Cyd September 4, 2012 at 9:12 am



27 Lisa G January 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Oh my gosh. I just finished processing and I’m going to skip the jar and just eat it straight out of my cuisinart it is so good. THANK YOU!!!


28 Kelly M January 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Yaaay! Thank you so much for making this recipe Lisa, and I am thrilled you enjoyed it!


29 Julie January 26, 2013 at 8:59 pm

I just discovered Cookie Butter like a week ago (I know, I live under a rock)… and then my sister and I decided to give the whole GF thing a shot so I am SOOOO beyond happy that I found this recipe! Like seriously. I might love you right now.


30 Kelly M January 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

You have seen the light!!! I’m proud of you. Welcome to the beautiful world of cookie butter. Thank you for your kindness!


31 Yumi February 20, 2013 at 4:28 am

This looks good, can’t wait to try it!! The measurement of the spices, is that in teaspoons or tablespoons? Thanks!


32 Kelly M February 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Thank you Yumi! Capitol T stands for tablespoon, and lower case t stands for teaspoon. I know this is confusing, and I have updated it in later recipes. Hope this helps!


33 P March 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

I was so excited to make this! I was quite disappointed with the results though. This does not taste like Trader Joe’s cookie butter. Like someone else said, it has a fig taste. This is probably a combination of the molasses and cloves. If I wanted fig butter, this would be great. Cookie butter, it is not.


34 Ushma April 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Agreed, this tastes nothing like the cookie butter that I love. I’m not a fan of figs so I sadly feel like this was a waste..


35 Kristin March 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I had heard about cookie butter and really loved the sound of it, but living in Australia makes getting to a Trader Joe’s a little bit difficult! So when I found your recipe and had everything it required in the pantry, I made it straight away.

It is AMAZING! Thank you so much for the recipe, it’s so tasty and addictive. It’s also pretty darn simple – I just need a lot of patience when making cashew butter in my not so great food processor ( I ended up adding in a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil towards the end of processing the cashews because the processor just wasn’t gonna get it 100% there on its own).


36 Ehh? April 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

Looks good but technically not cookie butter if made with cashews, then isn’t it just cashew butter?


37 Kelly M April 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Right… this spread tastes delightful, but it technically is ginger cookie flavored cashew butter.


38 andrea walcott May 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Yours looks like a great recipe – but why call it Cookie Butter when it has no cookies and is made with raw cashews?
Sadly, those of us with nut allergies will have to wait until TJ’s is in stock again – or else invent our own recipe with graham crackers and no nuts!


39 Kelly M June 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hi ANdrea! Sorry for the confusion. Yes, this is cookie flavored cashew butter. I now have a cookie butter recipe


40 Schuyler May 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

This looks amazing! Do you think I can substitute the black strap molasses for stevia or erythritol?


41 Kelly M May 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm

The molasses is not for sweetness, but to mimic the flavor of brown sugar. You could probably omit it.


42 Aya May 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I didn’t know that the small t meant teaspoon :( I made this with tablespoons. It smells too much like the cloves and it tastes weird. My bad.


43 Paula Dimanno July 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

Your website is fabulous and I think you will really go places with your recipes and your ability to entice the reader with your site layout. I would like to try your cookie butter recipe but I have one question: does “1/8t” mean tablespoon or teaspoon?



44 Kelly M July 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

Thank you so much Paula! Sorry for the confusion: t means teaspoon.


45 Erica August 11, 2013 at 6:06 pm

You pretty much made me drool.
I actually just tasted cookie butter last night. (Poor me,huh?)

Anyway,hope you continue making great recipes!
Want some after I make ‘em?
I woudn’t mind :) lol.
Bai :3 -Erica


46 dextress August 28, 2013 at 3:35 am

Pardon my ignorance, but What’s it used for?


47 Ali Tea August 31, 2013 at 7:08 am

Oooohhhh, now i see what all the fuss is about! No one in Australia has heard of it and I came across a recipe for cookie butter icecream on youtube and though to myself ‘i have no idea what that is but it sounds amazing!’ and now I can make it! Do you typically eat it on its own, or do you spread it on things or eat it on icecream?? Still confuses me slightly, but thanks so much for sharing for us foreign folk :D


48 Joshua Evans September 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

That looks amazing!!! I’m definitely gonna try that out. I was just recently introduced to cookie butter (and trader joes for that matter) a few weeks ago on my first trip to Los Angeles, CA. We don’t have any trader joes down here in NOLA (although I just saw one is opening up in Baton Rouge, LA in October). Anyway, i had to smuggle a bout 4 of those jars back home with me because I was instantly hooked on it! I can’t wait to try making my own!


49 gianna September 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Has anyone tried this recipe? I followed it exactly twice and it is disgusting. Any ideas of what I could be doing wrong? I assume you mean teaspoons, not tablespoons on your dry ingredients? I was so excited….


50 Abbi*tarian October 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! I keep seeing & hearing about cookie butter! But as a celiac, I could only listen to others rant about it. So, just now, I finally decided to look for a gluten-free, much healthier version & bam, I came across your recipe, here! Neat! You’re brilliant! Because of this recipe, I also checked out your blog in general & quickly bookmarked it to my food blog favorites. Cheers!


51 Rose November 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Since i live in canada and dont have trader joes :( I have been wanting o go to seattle JUST so i can go to trader joes. So far havnt gone. Ive heard so much about cookie butter and want to try it so badly. So once i found this recipe i got up and started. I didnt have nuts so i just scooped out some peanut butter. I was wondering if its teaspoons or tablespoons. They bother start with t :P also am i supposed to use fresh ginger? Or dry?


52 Kelly M November 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hi Rose! I am so sorry for the confusion. T means tablespoon and t means teaspoon. Dried ginger is best in this recipe. Hope this helps!


53 Madison November 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I think I love you- spent hours once looking for a cookie butter recipe that didnt use actual cookies! <3 And now I just randomly accidentally stumble across this while looking for neat breakfast ideas.
I'm going to try this so soon.


54 Kelly M November 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

Love ya too. Welcome aboard Madison!


55 Mackenzie December 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

So I’m a first-time visitor to your blog (which is FABULOUS), and I think you’re an absolute genius for figuring out how to make your own cookie butter. I’m running a “Fit-mas” giveaway contest for a Polar FT4 from my blog, and one of my followers commented on my PB Blondies recipe (which uses cookie butter) and sent me this link. I halfway want to make her the winner because she got me to your blog!! LOVE!


56 Alyssa Boyle December 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Looking forward to trying this. Seems much healthier than cookie butter. Maybe I’ll even use some dates invested of the sugar in my second batch…


57 Kelly M January 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I hope you enjoy! ;)


58 Tushar January 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Thank you kelly . Loved the recipe. Keep up the good work


59 Kelly M January 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

Thank you so much Tushar!


60 Mike February 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Just found a recipe for Cookie Butter coated popcorn, had no idea what Cookie Butter was, no TJ’s in OK, although I’ve been to them in Dallas & LA. So I Googled Cookie Butter, and there you were. Now I’ll try your recipe and the popcorn.
Thank you


61 Christi February 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Just a thought… dates taste just like brown sugar and have a multitude of nutrients as well as being a natural sweetner… do you think blending dates into this instead of the brown sugar would work? would then make it “no sugar added” :)


62 Kelly M March 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm

YES. That is brilliant, and I think dates would work beautifully.


63 Brenda April 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Hi Kelly! Do the cashews need to be soaked first? Most recipes call for that, but since you didn’t mention it here I was wondering if it was necessary for this recipe. Thanks!


64 Kelly M May 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Hey Brenda! Nope, no soaking needed.


65 ANDREA May 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Thank you for the recipe. No matter how good TJ’s cookie reportedly is I will not buy to because it has palm oil in it. Palm oil plantations are destroying the natural habitats for many for plants and animals. I spent many months in Indonesian Borneo and saw firsthand the effects palm plantations have on orangutans, gibbons, proboscis monkeys, slow lorises, sun bears, jungle cats, etc…NOTHING is worth that kind of cruelty-so again, thank you for the recipe.


66 Lis Hadad June 8, 2014 at 6:51 am

Great recipe! I used date syrup instead of molasses because that is what I had in the house. May have made the butter a bit more firm but yes; you were right, I can’t stop eating it!
So good! :)


67 Kelly M June 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Yay! I am so happy you enjoyed this, Lis!


68 Susan Rogers June 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Sounds good, but it is Cashew butter. Not cookie butter! Nut allergies are part of the reason people chose the cookie butter over peanut butter.


69 A.T. Cleary June 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

OK. A for effort; D for results. Sorry but this is seriously under-seasoned and bears no relationship to cookie butter. That said, with A LOT more spices (I pretty much doubled everything) , it’s a nice change from plain nut butter.


70 Danielle Dishes August 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Ohhh I’m loving this idea!!



71 Kelly M August 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thank you so much Danielle! :)


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