So Take That!: Homemade Cookie Butter

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. says

    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!

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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.

      • says

        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! 😉

      • AnnettaJayne says

        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!

  2. says

    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 😀

  3. Indiana says

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

  4. Melissa says

    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 :)

  5. says

    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!!!

  6. says

    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.

    • says

      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!

  7. P says

    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.

    • Ushma says

      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..

  8. Kristin says

    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).

  9. andrea walcott says

    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!

  10. Schuyler says

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

  11. Aya says

    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.

  12. Paula Dimanno says

    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?


  13. says

    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

  14. Ali Tea says

    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 😀

  15. Joshua Evans says

    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!

  16. gianna says

    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….

  17. Abbi*tarian says

    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!

  18. Rose says

    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 😛 also am i supposed to use fresh ginger? Or dry?

  19. Madison says

    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.

  20. says

    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!

  21. Alyssa Boyle says

    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…

  22. says

    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

  23. Christi says

    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” :)

  24. Brenda says

    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!

  25. ANDREA says

    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.

  26. Lis Hadad says

    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! :)

  27. Susan Rogers says

    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.

  28. A.T. Cleary says

    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.


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