Make Your Own Cookie Butter [Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free]

Cookies Butter is one of life's simple pleasures.

Also pleasureable are blogs that include the recipe up front! So we're doing that here. More info on what cookie butter is and what you can use it for below that!

vegan gluten free speculoos cookie butter


This recipe makes about half a cup of Cookie Butter. It is vegan, gluten free, and sweetened only with natural coconut sugar. 


  • 6 oz Maxine’s Heavenly Cinnamon Speculoos cookies
  • 2 tbsp oat milk
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon


  1. Break up the 6 oz of Maxine’s Heavenly Cinnamon Speculoos Crunch cookies in a bowl and add them to a small food processor. 
  2. Pulse them into crumbs, and then add the oat milk, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and cinnamon. 
  3. Run the food processor until a thick, spreadable cookie butter is formed. 
  4. Add a half teaspoon of oat milk if you have trouble with it coming together, or if you want it looser. 

vegan cookie butter with unrefined sugar

Now that you have that ridiculously good Cookie Butter recipe, let's learn a little more about Cookie Butter.

What is Cookie Butter?

Cookie Butter is...well...think peanut butter that is made with cookies instead of peanuts.

While Speculoos cookies have been around for a very long time, Cookie Butter is generally thought to have been invented in 2002 by the Dutch blog OmaWapsie. It was made popular in 2010 on a Belgian TV show. Yes, cookie butter has roots in reality TV. 

Lotus came in shortly after that and used their famous Biscoff cookies to make this delicious, spreadable goodness. Trader Joe's got in the game too making their own Speculoos Cookie Butter. 

lotus biscoff cookie butter and trader joe's speculoos cookie butter jars

While you can make cookie butter with any kind of cookie, Speculoos cookies are the most popular kind to make it with. 

What do you do with Cookie Butter?

What don't you do with cookie butter?

You can use it on toast or sandwiches and any place where you might consider using peanut butter. Spoon University has created a list of twelve different ways to use it. 

Our favorites are putting it on fruit and spreading it on cookies. You haven't lived until you've had a Maxine's Heavenly Chocolate Chocolate Chunk cookie with Cookie Butter smothered on top. 

Why would I make my own Cookie Butter?

Cookie Butter is readily available now, but we developed this recipe for people who might weant a healthier cookie butter. 

Our cookie butter recipe is vegan, gluten free, and made with unrefined sugars. If any of those things are important to you, you might have a hard time with store-bought cookie butter. 

Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter Ingredients: Biscoff Cookies (Wheat flour, Sugar, Vegetables oils [contains one or more of soy bean oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, palm oil], Soy flour, Brown sugar syrup, Sodium bicarbonate [leavening], Salt, Cinnamon), Canola oil, Sugar, Soy lecithin, Citric acid. Contains: Wheat, Soy.

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter Ingredients: Unbleached Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oils (palm and rapeseed), sugar candy syrup, Leavening (sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate), salt, cinnamon, sunflower lecithin.

Ingredients for Homemade Cookie Butter with Maxine's Heavenly cookies: Maxine's Heavenly Cinnamon Speculoos Crunch cookies (Oat Flour, Organic Coconut Sugar, Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Nectar, Flaxseed, Vanilla Extract, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Sea Salt, Ginger, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cardamom), oat milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon. 

What is Speculoos?

We've used that word a lot here, because it's the most popular cookie to make cookie butter with, but it's a bit peculiar to Americans because it's a Belgian word. 

You can read more about the origin of Speculoos cookies here. 

To start making your own Speculoos Cookie Butter, grab some Maxine's Heavenly Cinnamon Speculoos Crunch cookies here.


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