In my little tiny spec of the world, it’s getting colder. The heat is on, the down parka is out, the scarves, mitts, toques and boots too. And you know what that means. You know it’s gonna happen. You can’t stop it. It is but a month away and totally inevitable unless you’ve decided to hibernate deep in a burrow like a hoary marmot.
And the other inescapable truth, is that you all know the typical, over used, beaten dead line I am about to type. It too happens every year on a vast number of bloggers pages. And I apologiese for typing it lol… truly. Ready for it?
….With the holidays quickly approaching…
Gah!! Surely there must be a more exciting, interesting, enlivened way to introduce my holiday posts and gift giving recommendations?? But hell. I don’t know what it is lol. If you know, please, enlighten me. Perhaps I should just talk about the hoary marmot some more.
FYI… the hoary marmot… kinda looks like a beaver and a guinea pig had an ugly, ugly baby…
Or, we could just get to the good stuff. The entire reason you clicked on this post. Not that unsettling image above. Yes.
Freakin’ COOKIE BUTTER.
Maybe you’ve seen recipes for cookie butter before. Perhaps not. If you have, but have yet to make it, I have one question and I’m yelling it at you, what are you waiting for! Make the stuff! It’s sin on a spoon without the risk of eternal damnation! And we definately don’t wont to reign down damnation on people in the form of Christmas presents. Unless you have a crappy boss… then, it’s all on you friend.
Cookie butter is quick, easy, cheap and a fab little gift for co-workers, neighbours and any cookie lover in your life. Just a few ingredients and a couple minutes and you are done. You may even become a hero to the little kids in your life.
‘But Amber….’ I hear you ask ‘what mythical food is worthy enough as a means to get this inexplicable cookie butter into my waiting mouth?’
Pshaw…. what don’t you use!?
Here are a few options to get your wheels going;
Toast, pastries, fruit, ice cream, surreptitiously via your finger, on cake, as a cake filling, pretzels, crackers, a spoon, another cookie (OMG a dirty cookie butter cookie sandwich!), waffles & pancakes, crepe filling, in a milk shake, cookie butter jam sandwich, peanut butter cookie butter on a juicy beef burger… seriously.. I don’t kid about hamburgers (with bacon).
- 2 cups cookie crumbs (dry cookies that crumble easily, no filling)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- Break cookies into chunks and place in a food processor. Give a whirl until cookies make a fine powder. Measure out two cups of cookie crumbs into a mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and add in the condensed and evaporated milk. Heat until well combined.
- Pour about half of the milk mixture over the cookie crumbs and with a spatula, begin to mix until a paste forms. Continue to add milk mixture a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached. You may or may not use all of the mixture. You are looking for a consistency that you are just barely able to pour.
- Transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour.
- Test consistency. If it is too stiff, add a couple drops of water at a time, mixing well. It will help loosen up the butter.
The cookie butters I made for this post were using gingersnaps for one and peanut butter cookies for the other (gingersnaps make OUTSTANDING cookie butter). I also saw some crisp lemon cookies with white chocolate chips and macadamia pieces. I feel a very strong urge to go back to the store and rescue those cookies from the lack lustre existence on the shelves of that big box retailer… end it’s misery.
You know what else would be fab? Graham crackers… mmmmm.
You may have read on other blogs that you can make cookie butter out of ANY cookie… well… I wouldn’t exactly say that’s true. You really need to stick with a dry, crumbly cookie. Fillings are a no no as they seem to cause issues with texture and ingredients separating. I know… I can hear the gasps of disappointment for all of you Oreo lovers… but alas… your Oreo cookie butter dreams are not dead! Oreo cookie filling is essentially shortening and powdered sugar (kind of gross when you put it that way). So I suggest just using Oreo cookie crumbs from the bulk store and adding 1 Tbsp of powdered sugar. Give that a go and adjust sugar if needed. It will sweeten it up enough to do the trick!