I don’t know what took me so long to actually bake with cookie butter.
As opposed to just eating it straight from the jar at 12:19 a.m. Midnight snacks take on new meaning when cookie butter is involved.
Cookie butter is something that I could easily just eat from the jar with a spoon until it’s gone. And I do.
If you don’t have access to Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, look for Biscoff spread in your grocery store or big-box retailer, or just order some.
You could make this recipe with peanut butter or almond butter, but it’s not going to be quite the same taste experience.
Then again, if you’ve never had cookie butter, you don’t know what you’re missing so you may not want to order it, actually. It’s pretty addictive.
And so are these. Funfetti cake, coconut flakes, cookie butter, sweetened condensed milk.
Three kinds of baking chips are included:
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
White chocolate chips
I was asked by Land ‘O Lakes to make something with their eggs.
I used their butter, too. Why not.
I was in oozy, drippy heaven with these. The cookie butter has almost imperceptible crushed cookie granules in it, adding a bit of grit to its texture. When paired with the ever-so-slight texture from the sprinkles in the Funfetti cake, and the coconut flakes, it was subtle-texture-nirvana.
The crunch of the baking chips contrasted with the smoothness of the melted cookie butter, well, we have a winner on our hands, kids.
Cookie Butter FUNFETTI®-Inspired Triple Chip Bars
Makes 24 bars
1 box Funfetti Moist Surpreme cake mix (use vanilla, white, butter, or yellow as alternates)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water, optional if necessary
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 heaping cup (just shy of 1/2 cup) cookie butter spread*
Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a 9-by-13 inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, egg, vanilla and mix. The batter will be extremely thick and will be difficult to combine, but keep stirring or use your fingers and knead it together, adding the water if necessary. Press the dough it into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the coconut evenly over the dough, then sprinkle the three kinds of baking chips evenly.
In a mixing bowl (the same one from the cake mix is fine), combine the sweetened condensed milk and cookie butter, stir until well combined, and pour mixture evenly over dough, using a spatula to even it if necessary.
Bake for 24 to 26 minutes (for really gooey and drippy bars as shown in my photos)
Or Bake for 26 to 30 minutes for drier and less gooey bars. Baking notes: Watch the edges of the bars and as they begin to brown and pull away slightly from the sides of the pan, I would pull them out. Note that the middle of the bars will barely seem set, even after the full recommended baking time and that is okay. Take care not to overbake because these are best when gooey. The bars will set up considerably upon cooling. Allow bars to cool completely before slicing and serving. Store in an airtight container on the countertop or refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to three months. I store mine in the freezer and they never really freeze solid because of the fat content.
*Try 1/3 cup peanut butter + 1 tablespoon pulverized molasses/ginger/graham cracker cookie crumbs + 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon stirred in if you don’t have cookie butter. Although peanut butter is not cookie butter, if that’s all you have and are in a jam, try it.
Gather the goods. You can use yellow, white, or butter cake mix if you don’t have Funfetti on hand and use other nut butters or spreads as desired.
Add the egg and butter to the cake mix, form a dough, press the dough into the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the coconut and baking chip trifecta over the top.
Flood with the cookie butter and sweetened condensed milk mixture.
It looks soupy, and it was. The best possible kind of soup ever. Sweet, creamy, rich, indulgent.
The soup mostly bakes off and solidifies, but make no mistake, these babies are gooey, drippy, and messy.
And they are rich and very sweet.
This recipe is for those with a serious sweet tooth and if you’re one of those people who says, “Oh, that run-of-the-mill chocolate chip cookie is too sweet for me” or are someone who scrapes excess frosting from birthday cake corners and edges because “all that” frosting is too sweet, this recipe is not for you.
For those with a serious sweet tooth (and a fatty-tooth; these are really rich and filling) you know who you are.
We are kindred spirits and this recipe is for you.
My excitement about the return of Cookie Butter to Trader Joe’s
Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie
No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, almost GF with easy adaptation) – Made with peanut butter + Biscoff cookies. Try cookie butter spread + graham crackers or any number of combinations based on what you have.
Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies (No Bake, Vegan, with GF option)
There’s no cookie butter in these Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation), but their oozing and gooey factor is similar to the Cookie Butter Bars. Drippy decadence.
No cookie butter? Try Coconut Peanut Butter Magic Cake Bars
Do you like Funfetti cake?
Sprinkles inside of cake with that classic white-cake-meets-my-childhood-birthday-cakes flavor, Funfetti is always fun.
Have you tried Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread?
If you haven’t tried cookie butter, order some Biscoff Spread if you can’t find any in stores in your area. I’ve heard that Wal-mart consistently has it and many mainstream grocery stores (Ralph’s, Albertson’s, Kroger, etc.) are carrying it more commonly.
You’ve gotta try it, at least once. The taste, the texture of crushed graham crackers or molasses cookies, with a cinnamon-and-spice seasoning, sweetened, thick like very thick peanut butter and not runny and thin like almond butter. You can’t go wrong with cookie butter spread or Biscoff.
I’m convinced that the Dutch Speculaaspasta spread that I found in Aruba is the same exact product as Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter based on the packaging and the identical appearance and taste of the product inside the jar.
In comparing the taste of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter and Biscoff Spread, I think that Biscoff is a little softer, less thick, and spreads a bit easier. It also has a slightly more mellow flavor and is less intense with the hit of cinnamon and spice. However, they are very, very similar.
Yes, I do think there is a subtle difference, but it’s very minute and I know not everyone has access to TJ’s, so order some Biscoff.
The winner of the Purefit Nutrition Bars Giveaway is Patricia @ thecastironvegan
Don’t forget to enter the Cascal Natual Soft Drink Giveaway
Disclosure: I received a full-value coupon redeemable for any variety of LAND O LAKES® Eggs. All opinions are my own.
How did it take me this long to make these awesome bars?! I served them at my Academy Awards party and they were quite the hit! Thanks for the great recipe :)
Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you and that they were a big hit the your party!
I have made this recipe 5 or 6 times in the past month. People LOVE THIS stuff. Whenever people have it for the first time they freak out and ask for the recipe. For right now, it’s my little secret :) I would also recommend baking it for the full 30 minutes. The first time I did 25 minutes like she suggested and it was a big mess. No matter how long you cook them, they will never be completely solid. I also make sure to cool them overnight in the fridge before attempting to cut them. Without cooling in the fridge you will have something that is a big goopy mess and it won’t resemble a bar.
Glad these have been a hit 5 or 6 times over and that everyone wants the recipe. And you’re right, they’re never completely solid b/c that drippy cookie butter layer will never set up totally solid, and that’s the magic, right :) Who wants dry cardboard calories when you can have soft gooey ones!
I haven’t tried the TJ’s Biscoff knock-off yet, but I have always wanted to. I hadn’t seen other bloggers use it yet- so I was hesitant to try it! I’m glad you used it in this recipe. I will definitely pick some up next time I’m at TJ’s to try. This recipe looks amazing! I have a recipe using Biscoff in mock-rice krispy treats! http://styleandtreats.com/brown-butter-biscoff-honeycomb-treats/
I am so happy I can make this recipe. Didn’t think I was going to find Cookie Butter here in Canada. For anyone who’s looking, Super Stores carry it in the peanut butter section. Too often I find a great recipe & we don’t have one of the main ingredients in the stores here.
Well that’s wonderful you have access to it! Thanks for sharing the info with other Canadians who may see this.
This looks like a delicious treat! Its so funny how you call it cookie butter, I am dutch and we love speculoos spread!
I think some people here too may know it by speculoos, but very few. Cookie butter is easier for people to grasp I think since it’s make with…cookies! But since that’s Trader Joe’s name, not the one I came up with, I’m just guessing :)
Would the crunchy cookie butter work?
Probably, in theory, but I don’t like ‘little crunchy rocks’ in my soft, gooey bars, but that’s my personal preference.
Can this be made in a cake pan? Possibly an 8″ round? There might be extra batter at the end but I’m okay with that.
If so, what baking time do you suggest?
Yes you could bake it in an 8-inch round cake pan. There will be batter leftover b/c an 8-inch round is smaller than an 8-inch square.
I made these but added quartered golden birthday cake Oreos on top of the coconut layer. It made them amazing!
Oh wow that does sound good! I love Golden Oreos!
Hi Averie, I linked up the first picture from my blog to your website. Sorry about that, I forgot to add the source to that one. And by the way, I finally got around to making the funfetti bars for Super Bowl Sunday and they were amazing! My whole family devoured them and everyone loved them!
Thanks for the linkup – I appreciate it! And so glad you made the bars and that they were a big hit with the family. Love it when that happens! :)
I feel like I’ve been waiting for years to try this recipe!! It’s only been a few month since I first saw it but I’ve been IMpatiently waiting for the perfect event to bring these to. Super Bowl fit the bill! Just made these today and they were a huge hit! Next time I may add peanut butter to the mix ;) thanks for all your wonderful recipes! I look forward to them every morning :)
Well I’m glad today was finally the day that you tried it and glad it was a big hit at the Superbowl party with everyone! I love peanut butter (tons!) and that is one of the rare bars I didn’t use it in (cookie butter instead) but PB would be lovely!
Hello! I LOVE this recipe! I live in a place where people think cookie butter means, “butter to make cookies” so I had to make my own cookie butter but that was even more fun! This recipe crowned me cookie champ this year for my work Christmas party. Thank you so much for an AWESOME recipe! Definitely adding to my cookbook.
So glad you tried them and they were a big success!
I just made my own version of cookie butter here – It would be perfect in the bars, too
Thanks for coming back to LMK you made these!
I found these on pinterest. I had all the ingredients, well except coconut. My husband and I both can’t stand it. I tried adding 1/4 cup of diced macadamia nuts instead. They are in the oven right now. I can’t wait to try them.
Good to omit/substitute for the coconut if you don’t like it then! Hope you enjoy these! LMK!
I live in Wiunnipeg, Mb. and need tyo know where I can buy cookie butter in Canada
they have an online store – enjoy!
Super Store carries it in the peanut butter section. I’m from Alberta & I just found it there myself today.
Finally just saw this stuff for the first time here in WI… I have to say that cookie butter is amazing. Between that, regular peanut butter, and the dark chocolate peanut butter I have, I don’t trust myself near my baking shelf. All I’m missing is the nutella for the most delicious cupboard ever. But really, this stuff is awesome. Just put it on a banana and it was super sweet and yummy, and it was good on an apple yesterday, too. Can’t wait to bake with it.
I love it, for eating, baking, and glad you’re on board.
I just recently bought TJ’s cookie butter for the first time. OMG so good! I’d never had Biscoff, so I didn’t know what to expect. It’s divine. I usually just eat it with a spoon (one small spoonful at a time, and the jar has lasted longer than I expected considering my husband loves it, too) but I really want to try some of your recipes (Funfetti, whee!) and also this fudge, YUM:
These all look amazing! Great idea using cake mix! I’m going to see if I can get cookie butter shipped to Australia, sounds to die for.
And if you can’t find it, just use peanut butter or almond butter and put a sprinkling of cinnamon or even a tablespoon or two of crushed graham crackers/crumbs into the PB and give it a stir. That will give you something on the right track of cookie butter.
Wow, those funfetti bars look amazing! I made some Chocolate Chip Cookie Butter today that would be delicious in your recipe, thanks for the idea!
Mmm, your spread looks wonderful!
Oh I’m so envious; we don’t have cookie butter here! This looks so fun :)
They work with peanut butter, of course :)
these look so delicious, mouth watering treats
Oh my!! What a fabulous idea!!
I tried the cookie butter recently, and I will definitely be buying it again. It is great in oatmeal.
I have been wanting cookie butter/biscoff spread so badly but NO ONE around here carries it. And honestly, I shouldn’t order any because I’m sure i’d be addicted. The second I find some I want to make your bars! Drool
Ohhhh what a treat! I have never heard about cookie butter and I’d love to try it – it looks like an instant addiction! The funfetti triple chip bars look absolutely tasty and the rest of the treats look phenomenal as well. Love your thinkin!
Thanks, Julia. Enjoy & try some cookie butter!
Woah these look so good! I love all the colors & the drippy glaze on top!
I’m still thinking about your perfect choc chip cookies!
I’m so obsessed with cookie butter! there is nothing better well at least i thought but then you went and added goodness upon goodness to it! these bars look incredible
Thanks :) Make them if you’re a cookie butter fan!
I have not tried funfetti cake… but it looks like it’s right up my alley! I’ll have to get a box or two
These look incredible….I’m usually a fan of sweet desserts but I finally tried the Biscoff spread a few months ago and I found it a bit sweet. Delicious, but sweet. I tried making a ‘flooded’ bar cookie a few weeks ago, using coconut milk, but it didn’t quite turn out right. I will try again and post when I am successful!
For those of you who are having a hard time finding Biscoff, look near the peanut butter. Our local grocery store, Ingles, carries it, and we are in the middle of NOWHERE in the rural south – so I bet most places have it too!
I have heard that Walmarts consistently carry it and of all places, stores like TJ Maxx & Marshall’s in their housewares section often have jars of it.
Had to have a cookie butter intervention after getting a friend hooked…We’re now enrolled in CA…
I tried the biscoff cookies the other day and darned if they didn’t taste just like the butter! Will try the smoothie recipe soon!
a cookie butter intervention = LOL
I remember you told me you corrupted a few friends with it :)
I have definitely eaten more biscoff straight from the jar than I have actually baked with it! :) These look so good – I love funfetti!
You and me both with the eating it straight out of the jar :)
These are SO fun Averie! Just the burst of color and flavour I need when I’m sick ;-)
Wow Averie, why did you post this bars? They look so good, now I have no choice just to bake them and stuff my face, I won’t even share probably, they just look so damn delicious!!
What a sweet post Averie! It sure made my Monday! Although I am one of those, for whom it would be tooooooo sweet (Hey, I cut the sugar in half or less in anything I make, even jams!), but I love reading and your pictures! :)
I………. need…………….. more……………… Biscoff Spread!!!! LOL. Well, I actually have mixed feelings about cookie butter spread because I LOVE IT SO MUCH but I will eat the whole jar by myself in less than a week…. If it had the protein of almond butter I wouldn’t feel so guilty. I think I just need to wait until I have a party or picnic that I need to bring something to and then make these : D
I don’t even worry about the protein or lackthereof. I just mindlessly dive in :)
Now those are some PURDY cookies!
Hey I thought you should know that you can make your OWN cookie butter with any type of cookies. I made this one and it was deadly delicious. Give it a try!
Fun post and I’ve seen other people make Oreo spread but figured since there is a filling it those, the spread would turn out a bit different (or better, creamier). I have done the same thing with Nutter Butters years ago. I should try it with molasses cookies.
I have many good childhood memories of Funfetti cake, especially with that frosting that had the bits in it!
You with the insane sweet tooth: this is your recipe! :) Adapt to make GF and roll with it!
I love this! I loved Funfetti when I was a kid, these look so yummy!
And thanks for the Pin!
Holy moly, Averie! These look ridiculously good! I had never heard of cookie butter, but now I’ve got to get over to Trader Joes and find some!
You’ve never heard of it? That’s probably a good thing :)
Wow- I’ve never even heard of cookie butter! Have I been living under a rock?! :)
Possibly but in the best possible way b/c the stuff is so good it may have been a blessing :)
Happy Monday Averie. I have never tried cookie butter. You are tempting me to go out and purchase some though. I already have some addicting habits when it comes to peanut butter so I don’t think I want to add another one to my list. I absolutely love grilled peanut butter & jelly sandwiches especially with fig jam. You can also find me dipping a spoon into the jar of peanut butter mid-day (oh, it’s not the healthy stuff either, it’s Jiff).
This latest creation of yours looks so gooey and yummy and I love all the vibrant colors. Funfetti is the perfect name. How many creations have you come up with thus far? I really think there is enough for a book, just saying…
These happen to be so gooey, even gooier than most. And I loved the Funfetti specks of color, too. If you are a hardcore PB lover like I am, you will just fall in love with cookie butter. LMK when you try it! Not if, but when :)
Awesome recipe with great pics, how fun! I’ve never worked with Funfetti cake, but it looks interesting. I’ve tried Cookie Butter, it’s awesome, but have resisted buying another jar. :-P
That’s good restraint on your part :)
Wow- these look like a trip to childhood in a bite. I will make this when I’m with my cousins next time- for them of course ;)
LMK what they think of them if you make them!
oh gosh, I love this!! I love the first picture of how the filling is almost dripping out the sides..looks so delicious!!
I hate dry baked goods and these are the opposite of that!
I’ve been putting off trying the cookie butter because it just seemed too decadent and addicting. But- I must say these bars look insanely good. I may need to bite the bullet soon :)
It IS decadent and addicting…all the more reason to try it :)
Averie, you always take thing to the next and more amazing level! Thank you.
Thanks for the support!
“Gooey, drippy and messy”…is there any other way to eat a yummy dessert bar??! :-)
I gotta go to our TJ’s and see if they have that cookie butter! TOMORROW! :-)
I think you would love these, based on knowing you, I think they’d be a hit in your house!
You are on foodgawker for these!! (You probably already knew that!) :-)
Thanks for noticing. That doesn’t happen randomly :) I submit all my recipes to the food sites; FG, Tastespotting, Tasteolotie, SeriousEats, Kitchen Artistry, etc. It’s a full time job doing my submissions so it’s always nice when I get accepts :)
This is so good on so many levels. I love everything about it!
I am still thinking about your cookie butter cookies!
Oh my gosh, these look so good! I don’t think I’d be able to control myself around these…but then again, they look so tasty I don’t know if I’d want to exercise any restraint!
They are actually super rich so after one (or two), that’s about all I can handle. Sort of built-in restraint, so to speak, b/c they are so rich. Lol
I would have to hide the jar of cookie butter from myself, or turn it overto my husband for ” safe keeping”. I don’t know which one of us would go through it faster! I’ve had funfetti cake but haven’t ever used it. Those bars look sooo good. I love using sweetened condensed milk–it definitely creates that gooey factor!
sweetened condensed milk is awesome in creating the gooey factor!
I’m not sure if we have cookie butter in Canada. I will have to check that out or or some, stat!
Ok, I have to try cookie butter RIGHT NOW!!
The bars look sinfully scrumptious….. :P
Oh my gawd. Where do you come up with this stuff?? Those flavors and the texture just looks incredibly GOOD!! Yummmmmy. I bet the smell is intoxicating.
YES Intoxicating. Perfect word. And the smell, you and I are the same; very into all the senses that go into making food taste the way it does, from smell to texture, and these are…intoxicating :)
Yup, that was my first thought: I bet those smell amazing. Like a bakery meets candy shop. Swooooooon.
Wow, Averie! You never cease to impress me with your gift of creativity in the kitchen! If I wasn’t allergic to the wheat in cookie butter, I would be all over these!
I gave a Peanut Butter suggestion in the recipe box. You could try that along with GF cake mix!
See! Look at you! My limited-recipe-brain would have never even thought of such a thing haha! Thank you :)
Just one of those things I’ve been doing for so many years it’s second nature to think that way; either for my own needs or when writing recipes.:)
I don’t have a TJ’s, and I have been on the hunt for Biscoff for months now. I am going to have to break down and order it, because I don’t think it can be found in my town. These bars look insane!
I think ordering it sounds like a good call!
Every single person I see at TJ’s reaches for a jar of that cookie dough butter! These are such fun bars. I was pinning them earlier :)
Thanks for the pin!
And knowing you, I think you’d love the cookie butter. Try a jar of it, just once. They have a no questions asked return policy if you don’t like it…haha :)
I haven’t had cookie butter before, but it sure looks delicious! Especially on top of those bars. oh gosh.
I have not had that cookie butter, but I’m making a bee line for Trader Joes as soon as I get off the airplane in New York!
Prepare to be in heaven! And thanks for the pins on your Cinco de Mayo board.
This would totally shoot my blood sugar levels off the chart but it does look amazing. Very gooey and decadent.
They do that to me, too, and that’s saying something :)
What an amazing way to use Cookie Butter… I would love to try these (without the coconut) but I think I’d devour them all by myself….
The coconut gets a bit lost in it all; I mostly put it in, well, because it was just sitting in the pantry but of all the flavors, that’s the least pronounced so just skip it if you’re not a fan.
Are you kidding me?! These look amazing! I love Funfetti, it has a distinct taste that just can’t be imitated. And I love the thought of cookie butter and chocolate along with it!
I know, Funfetti is one of a kind and it was staring at me in the cupboard, along with the cookie butter…and everything else. So in it all went!
These look like a party in bar form! Our TJs finally got the cookie dough butter, but I haven’t purchased it…yet.
Go get it! NOW! :) Lmk what you think!
i have no words. i think you made these just for me Averie. i LOVE everything about these!!!! running to TJs ASAP to buy cokie butter….. :)
I know you love your Funfetti…these are so good. There is just so much going on; something for everyone :) Thanks for the pin, too!
“This recipe is for someone with a serious sweet tooth”…that’s me :-) Treats that other people say are too sweet, I usually think are jusssst perfect :-)
We definitely need to meet up one day…we could taste test desserts together!
I’m a little scared to try the cookie butter. As someone who has a hard time not eating an entire jar of peanut butter minutes after purchase, I think I would do some major damage on cookie butter.
It’s so good; just buy 1 jar at a time for that reason. Lol