Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter

I love Peanut Butter

I love Cookie Butter

It was about time I combined the two.

Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter - Want to make your own Cookie Butter (or Biscoff)? Now you can in 10 minutes & it's so easy!

I won’t say that this spread tastes exactly like Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread because they’re not made from peanuts, whereas this is. But it’s definitely more along the lines of cookie butter than peanut butter.


I thought long and hard about what to include to achieve the flavor I wanted. Although it would have been possible to omit peanuts and make cookie butter by pulverizing gingersnap cookies with heavy doses of cinnamon, spices, and sugar, I would have had to grind a ridiculous amount of cookies and add a considerable amount of oil, which didn’t seem appealing.

Peanuts are an easy choice to give this spread bulk and volume. Plus, I didn’t have to add a drop of oil thanks to the natural oils in peanuts.

Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter @Averie Sunshine {Averie Cooks}

The spread comes together in about five minutes in a food processor and is basically work-free. Grab your ear plugs and get ready to blend your way into a new pants size because once you make this, you’ll eat half the jar the first day. And if you don’t, please lend me some of your willpower.

I’ve made this with both lightly salted roasted peanuts and honey roasted peanuts. Using honey roasted peanuts creates a spread that’s slightly sweeter and with a greater depth of flavor than lightly salted peanuts, but using either are fine. Unnroasted or unsalted peanuts are far too bland for my taste and I wouldn’t recommend them. You could likely substitute cashews or almonds in place of the peanuts but I strongly prefer peanut butter to all other nut butters and used peanuts.

Like making Homemade Peanut Butter, much of the process is the same.

Begin by adding just the peanuts and nothing else at all to the canister of food processor.

Turn it on and the first initial seconds are incredibly loud as the peanuts rattle against the plastic, but it softens after just a few seconds. I always tell my family members before I make nut butter so no one jumps out of their chair with that loud blast coming out of no where before I power the machine on.

There peanuts go through various stages in the approximately five minutes it takes to go from peanuts to peanut butter:

crushed peanuts

crushed into a fine powder

a paste

a thicker paste

and a big peanut butter “dough ball” forms

Then the big ball magically breaks down.

It starts out gritty and thick but in just another minute it smooths out and liquifies.

As you keep processing, the peanut butter becomes smoother, creamier, and thins out. Keep processing until the peanut butter is very smooth and liquidy, another minute or two.

I like my peanut butter buttery smooth and allow it process for a couple minutes after it’s liquified until I’m certain that’s it’s velvety smooth. I’ve never experienced any issues with over-processing and it may seem almost too liquidy and runny but this is normal. Because it’s natural peanut butter and hasn’t been treated with hydrogenated oils like storebought, it’s going to be runnier than Jif or Skippy.

It firms up at room temperature and solidifies much more in the refrigerator. As a bonus, it doesn’t separate into a layer of oil and a solid dry mass, which is something I dislike about many storebought ‘natural’ peanut butters.

To create the wonderful cinnamon-ginger flavor of Cookie Butter and to provide the ever-fine gritty texture it has, cinnamon-ginger cookies are added to the warm, fresh peanut butter. They also serve to bulk it up and solidify it.

I used one dozen speculoos cookies that I brought back with me from Aruba. I recommend using cookies that are gingery, crunchy and crisp, with ample amounts of cinnamon and spice, such as Trader Joe’s Bistro Biscuits, Biscoff cookies, Nabisco Gingersnaps or similar gingersnap cookies, or even Cinnamon Graham Crackers. Plan to use about twelve to fifteen cookies.

I have a ferociously strong food processor and throw them in whole, all at once, through the feed tube but if your machine is older or not as strong, crushing the cookies in your hand and sprinkling the crumbs in may prevent your machine from struggling.

Along with the cookies, add one tablespoon of cinnamon and about one-half teaspoon vanilla extract. The values are approximate and based on taste, but I find anything less than a tablespoon of cinnamon just gets lost in all that robustly-flavored peanut butter and seasoning aggressively is necessary in order to create the Cookie Butter flavor profile.

Process until the cookies are blended and the spread is smooth, another minute or two. I’ve never need to any oil for the spread to become smooth, but if you do, adding a tiny amount of vegetable, canola, or palm oil will help. Peanut oil is too pungent and coconut oil solidifies at colder temperatures and imparts a flavor profile that isn’t consistent with Cookie Butter and I wouldn’t use it here. Do not add honey because it will glom up your machine and the mixture, making it even thicker and more difficult to blend.

Next add about one cup of white chocolate chips and process them until smooth. You’ll be amazed at how one cup literally disappears in the canister before your very eyes and how they blend down so quickly and easily that you’d never even know they were there. If you want to add more; that’s just fine. I’ve made this using nearly two cups. And I loved every spoonful.

Even if you’re not a white chocolate person, you’ll want to use it here. It adds butteriness, richness, creaminess, and overall smoothness to the spread. Plus, it lightly sweetens it. Storebought Cookie Butter is lightly sweetened and up until this point, no sweeteners have been added, other than the gingersnap cookies and that’s not enough. White chocolate works it’s magic and the resulting spread is sweet enough, but not too sweet, and it doesn’t taste like white chocolate-peanut butter at all.

Transfer the spread into a glass jar or other container with a lid. I’ve kept it in plastic yogurt containers and old butter containers. The batch will fill a 16-ounce jar (one pint) to the brim, plus about one-quarter cup.

I store my spread either in the refrigerator or at room temperature. At room temperature it firms up some but stays soft. In the refrigerator, because of the white chocolate, it does harden but softens up again after ten minutes at room temperature. I estimate that it could be stored at room temperature for at least two weeks without issue, but with anything, let common sense be your guide. In the refrigerator it will keep for months. The shelf life at either room temp or in the fridge will far exceed your willpower and longterm storage issues will be moot.

The spread has just the right amount of spice from the cinnamon as well as from the gingery, cinnamon-laced cookies. They also add the perfect amount of texture and tiny bit of grittiness like storebought Cookie Butter or Biscoff. White chocolate is a stealth workhorse, providing creaminess, richness, and the perfect balance of sweetness, creaminess, and richness.

It’s one of the best things I’ve made in ages and considering it takes about five minutes, it’s dangerous. I’ve remade it three times in two weeks. Yes, four batches in two weeks. Save me.

I wish I could say I bake with it and use it in recipes, spread it on toast, or dip apples into it, but no.

I happily eat it by itself by the spoonful.

Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter - Want to make your own Cookie Butter (or Biscoff)? Now you can in 10 minutes & it's so easy!

Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter (with vegan and gluten-free options)
My two favorite spreads are combined into one. It doesn't taste exactly like Cookie Butter, but it takes on more of a cookie butter flavor quality than that of peanut butter. It's loaded with cinnamon and gingersnap cookies, which also give the spread a slightly grainy texture, similar to the texture of storebought Cookie Butter and Biscoff Spread. If you've never made homemade nut butter or spreads before, you'll never look back. Once you try fresh, homemade nut butter, you'll fall in love with the rich, wholesome taste, and the purity of flavors. It takes less than 10 minutes, is effortless, and you'll wonder why you haven't been doing this forever.
Serves: about 18 ounces (just over 1 pint)
  • 16 ounces honey roasted or lightly salted roasted peanuts
  • 12 to 15 gingersnap-style cookies (Speculoos cookies, Trader Joe's Bistro Bisuits, Biscoff Cookies, Keebler Gingersnaps, Cinnamon Graham Crackers, Kinnikinnick Ginger Snap Cookies, or similar)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup+ white chocolate chips (or 6 to 8 ounces diced white chocolate, or vegan white chocolate chips)
  1. Add peanuts to the canister of a food processor, process on high power until creamy and smooth, about 5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the canister if necessary however I find the less scraping and interruptions, the better.
  2. The peanuts will go through stages of: crushed, crushed into a fine powder, a paste, a thicker paste, a big “dough ball”, and then the ball will break down into runnier peanut butter. At the point the peanut butter is runny, continue processing for about 1 to 2 more minutes, making sure the peanut butter is as smooth as desired.
  3. Add the ginger cookies, cinnamon, vanilla, and process for 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth and incorporated. I add the cookies whole through the feed tube but if using a weaker or older food processor, crumbling the cookies in your hand first and sprinkling them in may prevent your machine from struggling. Add the white chocolate and blend until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. I've made this with up to 2 cups white chocolate and at 1 cup, it's not discernible but at 2 cups it is more so. Transfer spread into a glass jar or other container with a lid.
  4. Store spread either in the refrigerator or at room temperature. At room temperature it firms up some but stays soft. In the refrigerator, because of the white chocolate, it does harden but softens up again after ten minutes at room temperature. I estimate that it could be stored at room temperature for at least two weeks without issue, but with anything, let common sense be your guide. In the refrigerator it will keep for months. The shelf life at either room temp or in the refrigerator will far exceed your willpower and I fine longterm storage issues to be moot.
  5. Recipe can be kept vegan and gluten-free by using regular roasted peanuts rather than honey roasted, gingersnaps that are vegan and gluten-free, and vegan white chocolate. Another option for gluten-free is to make homemade gingersnap or molasses cookies using your favorite GF recipe, bake the cookies to an extra-crisp state, and add those to the recipe in place of storebought cookies.

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Five minutes, a bag of nuts, and a food processor – that’s it

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter (vegan, GF) – A cross between coconut butter, cashew butter, and Nutella, this is so creamy, rich, and decadent

Spicy Honey Mustard – You can make a large container of mustard at home, virtually work-free, for literally pennies. For anyone who likes a little food with their mustard, start making your own. You can control how much salt or other spices and seasonings go into it, and the flavor is so much better and more intense than storebought

Homemade Two-Minute Peanut Sauce (vegan, GF) – Don’t pay big bucks for tiny jars of peanut sauce when in mere seconds you can make your own flavorful sauce at home. Perfect for Peanut Sauce Baked Tofu, Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls, Asian Noodle Salads or really anything

Balsamic Reduction – Takes less than ten minutes to make, is extremely inexpensive, and is far more flavorful than anything storebought and makes a great dip or marinade for vegetables to proteins

Dark Rum Caramel Sauce – Rich, creamy, and decadent. Making your own caramel sauce for apples, fruit, ice cream, or to top any dessert is easy. The rum is optional, but recommended

Do you like Cookie Butter or Bisocoff or peanut butter?

Have you ever made your own nut butter, spreads, or condiments of any kind?

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160 comments on “Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter”

  1. Averie, you saved me! I can’t buy cookie butter here (or any of those delicious varieties of nut butters that I saw while I was back in the US last month), but now I can make it! Can’t wait to try this out!

    • And it’s not a dead ringer but it’s pretty close – I used peanuts and real Cookie Butter doesn’t, but with all those ground up cookies and cinnamon added, it’s remarkably similar! This is one of those foods that we were talking about…absence makes the heart grow fonder (and the stomach crave!)

  2. Biscoff cookies were my favorite as a kid–I may have looked forward to those more than the actual destinations when flying. ;) Personally, I bet your version of the spread is better than the storebought, because I LOVE peanut butter. Having PB as the base would be a fantastic variation–brilliant!

  3. umm, this looks pretty much perfect! I think this would be dangerous around our house!!! Would also make a great gift to give away to friends!

  4. I think this sounds fantastic–I love PB so much that this version could be better than the original! White chocolate blended in…oh I’m at a loss for words!! I definitely will need some willpower with this–I could try and hide it from myself in the depths of my freezer, but I’m pretty sure I’d remember exactly where I put it.

    • I have made it FOUR TIMES in two weeks. I couldn’t trick myself into forgetting about it. I even did stash some in the freezer. At which point it tastes like ice cream and I sort of scrape the top layer off with a spoon, peeling it back in luscious ribbons. Yes.

  5. I would be more than happy to spread this on anything and everything!

  6. I love the images you make with the process shots on the side. So lovely!

  7. i love peanut butter. i love cookie butter. and i love YOU for creating such a wonderful combination of the two for us Averie! I love all these photos – you somehow make the in-process shots of brown pasty butter look decadent and gorgeous. :) I’d love to make this with storebought crunchy gingersnaps next holiday season. And i’d love to try this with cinnamon graham crackers too. And use it for everything! Cookies, muffins, dip for apples, carrots, celery, pretzels, you name it. All of these images are as beautiful, clear, crisp, and jumping off the screen just like the original peanut butter you shared with us. :) You know i love my honey roasted pb!

    • The in-process shots, some were recycled from my previous PB post b/c they process starts out the same. At the very end, the cookies and white choc are added, but I showed all those process pics again b/c for people who’ve never made their own nut butter, it’s pretty eye-opening I think! I know you’re a huge fan of making your own, and of pb, and of cookie butter…and I know you’d love it! Thanks for the photo compliments. It’s crazy that the current pics were taken with winter lighting, the others with early summer lighting. Winter light is so blue! It makes everything look almost pink if I’m not careful. Even my white parchment paper reads very blue in other posts…I digress. But thank you :)

  8. I’ve still never tried a cookie butter. This looks amazing (as always). I love that you started with honey roasted peanuts too. So good.

  9. Oh my goodness this is genius! I don’t know if my food processor is strong enough. I never get my peanut butter to that wonderful liquidy state that I want because it gets so hot and I don’t want to overheat it. I might have to try this though! And I like that you can buy everything at TJ’s! Your pictures are gorgeous, as always.

    • I’ve had people make homemade PB with 29.99 food proc’s from Target as well as from thrift store used hand-me-down types so maybe check those places if you truly feel like it would overheat. But mine, even a super strong one, does get hot. But that sort of liquifies the mixture, a nice bonus!

  10. I think yours sounds like it might taste even better. I definitely like the ingredients a bit more. Nutrition is pretty comparable

    1 TBSP (15g) cookie butter/biscoff spread
    Cal 86
    Fat 5
    Carb 9
    Pro 0.5

    1 TBSP Averie’s homemade w/ honey roasted peanuts, 8oz white choco, 16 biscoff cookies
    Cal 83
    Fat 6.1
    Carb 5.4
    Pro 2.7

    • Oh wow, awesome info. And the fact that I used slighly less than 16 cookies, more like 12, and that I used maybe 7 oz of white choc in this batch (even though I’ve used over 8 at times) – but it’s crazy how close the two are. But the taste of homemade is like nothing else!

  11. Gah Averie! I love peanut butter AND cookie butter… and then you went and combined the two : ) This would be excellent smeared on my normal toast in the morning!

  12. This is the kind of spread I never buy at the stores, but I would – and will – totally make at home! P.S. we made caramels last night – you’re genius! Although Eddie ate about 15 in one sitting, which worries me haha.

  13. I am already a cookie butter fiend and you are killing me with this! And by killing me I obviously mean making me VERY VERY happy.

  14. I want to slather that spread on graham crackers and shovel them into my mouth.

  15. “Blend your way into a new pants size” – oh my gawd, that would be me, haha!
    This looks unbearably amazing!

  16. Love this idea! I cannot wait to experiment a bit!

  17. How did you not eat that whole bag of honey roasted peanuts before you even made the butter? hah! I am hopeless around those things. But this looks worth resisting temptation and I’m sure would make for some awesomely delicious stuffed French toast!

  18. I am a huge nut butter fan and have recently discovered the heaven in a jar that is Biscoff spread. Every day I try to find something new I can put my nut butter and Biscoff on, sometimes, it’s just on the spoon to shovel into my mouth!

    This spread would be inhaled by me I have no doubt. I would probably try it with almonds or cashews instead of peanuts. I love peanut butter, but cashew butter is my favorite.

    Also, I may use semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the white…

    • Almonds don’t blend quite as creamy as peanuts. Cashews would be great in it, not as much ‘flavor’ as peanuts, they are more mild whereas peanuts are more robust (to me anyway). Semi sweet instead of white won’t give you the true cookie butter flavor, and the chocolate will mask other flavors, but it would be yummy, just not as cookie butter-ish.

  19. This is sooo dangerous. I would eat it just like you…straight out of the jar with a spoon. And it would be gone within a few days. I’m going to have to try really hard not to go home tonight and make it immediately. Then again…that could just be my dinner, right?

  20. This sounds amazing! I eat peanut butter daily, I have to try this.

  21. Averie, you’re killing me! I, probably not unusually, also *love* peanut butter and cookie butter, and I’ve been missing that creamy smoothness of store-bought cookie butter since I make my own now (with plenty of oil and gingersnaps!). I cannot wait to give this dip a go today as a sub; I’ve been making peanut butter from your original post for so long now, this will be a fantastic addition!

  22. All I can say is, brilliant!

  23. As usual amazingly pics and a mouth watering recipe. :)

  24. MMMmm! Averie this looks incredible, I just want to grab a spoon and go to town!

  25. You are awesome! I did a peanut butter and I love cookies. What a great idea to combine them!!!

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