No-Bake Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies

When I realized just how much I love cookie butter I knew I had to make something with it.

Rather than just eat it by the spoonful straight from the jar.

Jars of sweet spread and spoons inserted in them are wonderful, but ya know.

I decided to actually make something with my new best friend.

And that’s where these cookies entered the picture.

They are the moistest ginger molasses cookies I’ve ever had.   And the most robust in flavor.

And the easiest.

These cookies are pretty close to just eating cookie butter straight up because they’re essentially cookie butter and cookie crumbs.

But I thought cookies, made with cookie butter spread and cookie crumbs and sugar and chocolate, was better than just eating cookie butter spread on its own.

Maybe not though.  But that’s how my brain works.  Nice try, right?

When in doubt, make cookies with something.

Even if you’re using cookies to make cookies.

And at this time of year, when many of use are “baked out”, these happen to be no-bake.

The no-bake part is especially in Aruba where it’s too hot to turn on the oven

…And because everything melts very quickly in my un-airconditioned kitchen.

Cookie butter spread cookies melting in my mouth is my preference.

This looks long but I promise it’s really just: cookie butter spread + sugar + crushed cookies = cookies

I was just being extra thorough and giving all kinds of options.  I get very excited around cookie butter spread.

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No Bake Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies (No Bake, Vegan, with Gluten Free Option)

1/4 c cookie butter spread (TJ’s Speculoos Spread, Biscoff Spread, Markant; or use sunflower seed butter, peanut butter, or almond butter)

1/2 c Biscoff cookies, crumbled (or use molasses cookies, gingerbread cookies, storebought gingersnaps, graham crackers/graham cracker crumbs, etc. – Beat cookies or crackers them with the back of a knife in a small ziplock baggie or crush up a neutral cereal such as Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes.  You could likely use oats or ground oats, too.)

1/4 c brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 c chocolate chips, melted (for drizzling over the top of finished cookies.  Or try 1 tbsp chocolate chips + 1 tbsp cookie butter, melted together, then drizzled)

Optional:

1 to 2 tbsp molasses (I used crushed Biscoff’s which already have a molasses flavor but add molasses, to taste, as desired.  If adding molasses, you will need to add more dry ingredients, i.e. Biscoff cookies, molasses cookies, graham crackers, etc. and possibly more brown sugar, to taste, in order to compensate for the wetter dough)

pinch ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, to taste

For chocolate cookies, add 1 to 3 tbsp cocoa powder to the dough

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix with a spoon until dough comes together.  Form into small cookies or balls.  Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, in 20 second bursts, stopping and stirring to encourage melting after approximately 20 seconds.  Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of cookies and allow to set up before serving.

Notes: Dough may seem a bit crumbly but use your hands to encourage it to come together.  The fat content in the cookie butter spread combined with the brown sugar will likely allow for crumbly looking dough to come together.  “Squeeze” the dough with your hands to see if it comes together but if it doesn’t, add a bit more cookie butter spread as needed.

Conversely, if dough seems to wet to form into cookie shapes, add more dry ingredients, i.e. Biscoff cookies/gingersnap cookies/graham crackers until appropriate dough consistency is reached.

Yields: 9 small cookies (or fewer depending on size.  The beauty of this recipe is that it’s small.  Double or triple recipe as desired).

Store cookies in an airtight container on the countertop, in the refrigerator, or in the freezer

To keep gluten free, use a nut butter that is GF such as peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc.  Use a gluten free cookie that is similar to these gingerbread/molasses spice Enjoy Life Brand, the Mi-Del Gingersnaps, make your own GF cookies, or omit the crushed cookies and use a crushed cereal like GF Rice Krispies.  Take care all other ingredients do not contain trace gluten and are suitable for your needs.

Biscoff cookies and Biscoff spread are vegan.  Take care all other ingredients are suitable for your needs if keeping vegan.

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The remainder is optional  (to try if you’re feeling adventurous or creative):

1 scoop neutral, vanilla, or chocolate flavored protein powder to the mixture in lieu of some of the Biscoff cookies/molasses cookies/graham crackers

add any type of chips to the dough: white chocolate, dark, semi-sweet, milk, peanut butter chips; mini chips will probably work better but not essential to use minis

add candied ginger pieces, raisins, dates, other dried fruit, seeds, or nuts to the dough

Add 1 to 2 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, plain/vanilla/marshmallow/cake-flavored vodka or your favorite liquor to the dough.  If you do this, you will need to add more dry ingredients (Biscoff cookies/molasses cookies/graham crackers, and possibly more brown sugar, to taste, in order to compensate for the wetter dough)

melt 1 tbsp white chocolate chips (or dark/peanut butter/butterscotch chips) + 1 tbsp cookie butter (or alternative nut butter) in the microwave for 20 seconds and drizzle this mixture over finished cookies

top cookies with coconut flakes, a dusting of cocoa powder, powdered sugar

make sandwich cookies out of them with chocolate frosting or cream cheese frosting as the filling

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I said before that the Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie was my new BFF in Aruba.

But these gems have given the smoothie a run for its money.

Really though, you can’t compare a smoothie and cookies.

I think the cookies will always win.

Because I used crushed Biscoffs in the cookies, the resulting gingerbread-molasses flavor was very pronounced.  If you like robust-flavored ginger and molasses, these cookies are for you.

They are wonderfully robust without having that bite that ginger cookies sometimes have which isn’t always the most pleasant.

As I indicated in the recipe, if you don’t have Biscoff cookies or speculoos-style cookies on hand, you can crush storebought gingersnaps or molasses cookies.

Or just use graham cracker crumbs.  It all works.

Don’t forget the chocolate drizzle.  Feel free to make chocolate frosting or cream cheese frosting.  Both would be lovely on these.  Or make sandwich cookies with frosting as the middle layer.  So many options.

The beauty is that they are no-bake, one-bowl, and a 10-minute project.

They remind me of the Almond Butter Cookies (Raw, Vegan, GF) I made years ago.

Except I far prefer cookie butter to almond butter.  I prefer peanut butter to almond butter.  I prefer sunflower seed butter to almond butter.  Of all the nut butters out there, almond butter is my least favorite nut butter.

That said the, raw vegan almond butter cookies are good, especially if almond butter is your thing.

But I like these better.   Because cookie butter spread is my thing.

Consider them your holiday gift.  To yourself.

Questions:

1. Have you tried Cookie Butter Spread? (TJ’s version, Biscoff brand, or another brand)  Do you love it? 

2.Do you have a favorite nut butter of all time?

3. Have you made anything with cookie butter spread, Biscoff Spread, Biscoff cookies, etc.?

I made No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites

and

Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie

And when I’m back in San Diego I have more cookie butter spread baking projects and recipes I want to tinker with and try.

Have a fabulous week!

   

65 Responses to “No-Bake Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies”

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    Roxana GreenGirl — December 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I think I need to pay a visit to TJ. Haven’t been there in months!
    Your no bake cookies look spectacular!
    I’ve made just no bake PB cookies so far, I have to give these a try also! Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Holidays!

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — December 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve never had a cookie butter spread like that. Might be a good thing too LOL. Love that the cookies are no-bake and always appreciate that you include ways to make GF and even vegan.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 26th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      the nice thing is that biscoff spread AND biscoff cookies are already vegan…a little known fact but they are per the Biscoff/Lotus Bakery site!

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    tea-bag — December 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    yup, pinning this recipe. i’m in love with the cookie butter and i have family from tx coming into town. i guess i know what i’m whipping up for them!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 26th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      thanks for the repinning…I just pinned it too and LMK how your family likes them if you make them!

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    Luv What You Do — December 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    OMG! Thank you! I have been looking for something to do with my cookie butter spread besides eat huge quantities with a spoon.

    I really like plain Hazelnut butter but it is hard to find and super expensive. I tend to stick with AB and PB in the house…usually fresh ground from Whole Foods.

    These AB cookies are one of my favorites! They are clean and gluten free.
    http://luvwhatyoudo.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/clean-monday-continued-clean-cookies/

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    Veggie V! @Veggie V's Vegan Adventure — December 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Using cookies to make cookies? Love it!

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    i saw that today in TJS! I didnt get it thought because I don’t see that doing so well i my kitchen haha I am SURe it is delicious but I want to be able to bake with it! and well, you know me and baking don’t go too well together! those cookies sound fantastic though! merry xmas and happy hannukah! xoxo

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 26th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Girl. Get it. It’s so good. My fave nut butter/spread EVER. There’s no actual nuts in it though…pulverized cookies. Best stuff ever. Go back and get it :)

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    Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — December 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I wish we had a TJs here in Australia! I really miss their stuff. Whenever I go back and visit SD I always make sure to stock up on my favourite goodies. Never tried the cookie butter though, but it sounds super yummy. My favourite nut butters are good ol PB, with ABC (almond, brazil, cashew) coming in a close second). I totally understand the too hot to turn on the oven ordeal. When it’s hot and muggy here it’s the last thing I want to do in the kitchen. Look’s like your no bake cookies will come to the rescue next time my sweet tooth strikes :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 26th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      You could use any of the nut butters you mentioned to make these…use what’s available at the time and one day, you can try the cookie butter!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing that I’m out of cookie butter now. Probably good as I need a slight break from the sweets but these look amazing!

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    Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan — December 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    whoa never heard of that before! sounds amazing!

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    Katie — December 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Does sunflower seed butter count? That’s my favorite of all time. I would ;pick it over any other nut butter any day.

    I made some no bake cookies with cashew butter cookie crumbs, melted chocolate, and more cashew butter that sounds a lot like these. but I added in rice krispies which may have been my mistake. But they still got eaten. I mean….if you add in enough melted chocolate, you can’t go wrong, right? ;)

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    Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco — December 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I think you may have convinced me to try that cookie spread. Off to TJ’s! Do I care if it’s almost midnight? I need these now!

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    Scott at Real Epicurean — December 27, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I’d not even heard of cookie butter until now!

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    Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous — December 27, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Just when I thought the spread couldn’t get any better…it just did! :)

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    dragonmamma/naomi — December 27, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I’ve seen it at TJs, but haven’t been tempted. When I see the word “cookie” I want something more solid.
    (And seeing as how I’m giving up sugary snacks–again–I’ll be passing on this one.) They do look great, though.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 27th, 2011 at 6:02 am

      Oh before you give up sugary snacks, just try the cookie butter spread…dip some cucumbers into it or carrot sticks or something. It’s healthier that way :)

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    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers — December 27, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Mmmmm… those look yummy! cookies > smoothies

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    Baking Serendipity — December 27, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I haven’t even had the chance to try Cookie Butter yet! Go to TJ has been on my to-do list for way too long. These cookies (and the smoothie!) look fantastic!

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    Purabi Naha — December 27, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Cookie butter? That really sounds amazing. The pictures are too cute and these left me drooling!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I love that dam Cookie Butter from TJ’s! I could eat a whole jar in a setting, bad, bad, bad! Your cookies look delish!

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    Deborah — December 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

    We don’t have a TJs, but luckily, I can find the Biscoff spread. I love that these are no-bake – they look awesome!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — December 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Looks good! I’m going to have to head over to TJs and check out that spread.

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    Lauren — December 27, 2011 at 8:36 am

    That smoothie sounds amazing!!

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    Kris | iheartwellness.com — December 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

    WOW…..I’m drooling!! These look FAB and I love them even more that they’re non bake! i have to make a trip to TJ’s {takes me a couple hours to get down to the nearest one in the US} and load up on everything!!

    I wanna eat these now!!

    xxoo

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    Amber K — December 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Peanut butter is definitely my favorite, the “classic” to me. Back when I could eat almonds, I liked Barney Butter, but not really any other almond butters. Sunflower seed butter I’m picky with too. Nut/seed butters can be realllly good or realllly bad.

    But anything topped with chocolate is delicious!

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life — December 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Those look so delicious and so cute! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas in the warm weather :).

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — December 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    These look amazing, must try soon! I have not tried cookie butter spread yet, but it’s on my TJ’s list! :-) I adore almond and sunflower seed butter. Home made mixed nut/hemp seed butter sweetened with vanilla and cinnamon is also awesome.

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    Laura @ LauraLivesLife — December 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love no-bake cookies – and I don’t have a heat-related excuse, I’m just lazy!

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    Meesh — December 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Woow. I have never even heard of cookie butter. But omg does it ever sound delicious!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste — December 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I am OBSESSED with Biscoff spread, so something tells me that I wold LOVE these. I love how gooey and delicious they look! :-)

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    Chels R. — December 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    YUM yum and YUM!!

    I wish we had TJ’s here in Dallas…soon and very soon I hope!

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    Ilana — December 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    wait. they make cake and marshmallow flavored vodka!? how did i not know about this? well…actually the last time i had a drink was probably this summer so that’s why i don’t know. i should really reconsider that though.
    marshmallow vodka.
    cake vodka.
    really.
    i’m a huge fan of chocolate cake shots (frangelico+vanilla vodka+lemon)…hmmm….oh my. averie.

    wait, this post was about vodka right?

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — December 28th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Believe it or not, I had like 3 drinks in all of 2011. I dont drink anymore either. Every time I am about to, I realize that in 3 sips I will be buzzed and in a half hour wanting to go to bed. But I can’t b/c I have things to do. Lol

      So the cake, marshmallow, etc vodkas are all a fantasy for me.

      But I did have a drink with Sweet Tea Vodka and sweet tea and lemon juice over the summer and omg that was one of the best drinks of my life :)

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — December 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    OMG! Biscoff and TJ’s cookie spread in combination?!? It must taste sooooo delicious :D

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I really want to try this cookie butter stuff – I am intrigued, but cannot imagine what it tastes like.

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    chelsea — November 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Cookie butter is Ah -may -zing! I obsessively made toast with TJs Biscotti bread spread with cookie butter over one long weekend, and I never saw a jar of any spread disappear from my cabinet so fast. Its a little disingenuous to compare it to nut butters, since nuts are so superior in nutrition. But I had to swear off the CB & biscotti bread in the cart every week, for obvious reasons. Try serving that at a luscious Sunday brunch though. Or make French toast with the biscotti bread – its also scrumptious. You will blow peoples minds with a cookie butter spread along with berries.
    Now that I have an actual recipe to use it in, though, I’ll be picking some up ASAP! STAT! Thanks! ;)

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    • chelsea replied: — November 1st, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      Oh…..I’m such a dumbass. Its BRIOCHE bread, people. Sorry!

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