Cookie Butter Snickerdoodle Bars

Hi.
Are you ready for this? You’re Wednesday is about to get all kinds of delicious.
Speculoos, as in Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s, takes these Thick and Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars to another level. Those old bars are one of my most popular recipes on the site, and I can’t even take credit for the recipe. But these. These Cookie Butter Snickerdoodle Bars are a game-changer.
The texture is almost scone-like. Moist and soft, yet just a tad bit dry and crumbly, in a good way. If you know me, (I’m talking to you Hannah, and Brooke…and GG!) you know how much I love a good scone. Especially when there’s cinnamon involved. In fact, cinnamon might be my favorite spice. On a daily basis, you can find me either stirring it into oatmeal and ice cream/frozen yogurt, shaking it on top of baked sweet potatoes, and of course mixing it into manymany baked goods

So it’s no surprise I like snickerdoodles, where cinnamon sugar takes center stage. I’m not sure what exactly qualifies a snickerdoodle as such. Whether or not replacing some of the regular dairy butter with cookie butter takes away from their “snickerdoodleness,” I’m not sure, but I doubt it. I’m standing by the name. You’ll still find brown sugar and butter in the dough, and you’ll still sprinkle the top with cinnamon sugar. Cookie butter contains cinnamon as well, so you get an added punch by its incorporation.

Some other notable ways I changed the original recipe: I cut back on the brown sugar and I replaced some of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. This is me trying to be better to my body.

As easy as it is to eat the cookie butter straight from the jar, think about these next time you have a jar (which hopefully is right now). It doesn’t take too much, only half a cup, to turn already amazing cookie bars into even more amazing cookie bars.

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Cookie Butter Snickerdoodle Bars
(Adapted from these Thick and Chewy Snickerdoodle Bars)

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Speculoos Cookie Butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9×9 inch baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt. Whisk well and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine butter, cookie butter and brown sugar. Use a hand mixer to cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Continue to blend on medium speed until everything is well-incorporated.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing between additions. Use hand mixer to blend until all ingredients are just incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go along.
5. Add batter to the 9×9 pan. Use your fingers to press down to fill the entire pan.
6. In a small bowl, combine white sugar and cinnamon. Stir together. Sprinkle evenly across the top of the batter in the pan.
7. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until edges just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. It is better to undercook then overcook! These will set up a bit after rooming from the oven, so you want to pull them out when then are just barely done.
8. Let cool 5-10 minutes before slicing into square and serve.

For best taste, bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days.

Cookie Butter & Marshmallow Fluff Pie Crust Crescents

Sometimes I have something very specific in mind when I go to the kitchen. Other times I scan the cabinets and fridge and see what I can come up with on the fly. These? You can bet these are of the latter variety. The jar of crunchy cookie butter was first to catch my eye. Then I spotted the marshmallow fluff. Both of these ingredients can be a bit tricky to pair with other flavors, maybe that’s part of the reason they pair so well together. 

The final component of these easy, peasy mouth watering delicacies may look like crescent rolls, but you know what they say: Looks can be deceiving. And yes, I did call these delicacies. We’re being fancy today. Cookie butter calls for fanciness.

As I was saying, the final component is actually pie crust. (!!!!) Flaky, tender, store-bought pie crust. Whoops! Did I just confess to my store-bought crust? And I was supposed to be fancy today…so much for that.

Store-bought or not, I love me some pie crust. When it’s rolled up like this, the crust forms thick layers of flakiness that are truly drool worthy. One bite in and you’ll know what I’m talking about, because one bite in means you have the perfect ratio of pie crust, marshmallow fluff and crunchy cookie butter in your mouth. What more could you need?

Cookie Butter & Marshmallow Fluff Pie Crust Crescents 

Makes 8 servings
Ingredients:
Pie crust dough – I used one store-bought crust
1/2 cup crunchy cookie butter
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. Roll out the pie crust and slice into long, thin triangles. Drop one tablespoon each of cookie butter and marshmallow fluff onto the widest part of the pie crust triangles. Use a knife or the back of a spoon to spread the cookie butter and fluff down the length of the triangles (doesn’t have to be perfect). Loosely roll triangles from the wide end up towards the tip. 
3. Once all are assembled, place evenly apart on cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes before serving. 

July Blog-A-Day #8: A Piece of Advice

I am enjoying the challenge of posting every day through July. Then, amid my cockroach complaints yesterday, I realized these post prompts are getting off track what I really enjoy writing about. I think it’s important as a blogger to open up so you get to know me, but roaches? Really? That’s enough of that.

I’m not quitting my blog-a-day challenge, but I am spinning it around to bring the focus back to food, with a little bit of family and faith mixed in of course. (I think all of those ‘f’s may have just sparked a new tagline…)

Day 8: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.


My advice to you: Do yourself a favor and buy this. The original Biscoff brand works too. Bake something with it or eat it straight out of the jar by the spoonful.  A few days later, just when you’re about to shed a tear because it’s gone, grab a mini spatula. Scrap the sides of the jar until it looks perfectly clean. Suddenly you will have yourself an extra two tablespoons of cookie butter. And it will be glorious. 
That’s my advice. Take it or leave it.