You’ve heard of Cookie Butter, right? Trader Joes sells it. It’s also been called Speculoos, Biscoff or Karamelgebäck Creme. Well, that Cookie Butter is a knock-off of the creamy, caramel cookie spread made by The Lotus Bakery from Belgium! The Original Karamelgebäck Creme is a spread made from their popular Lotus Bakeries caramel cookie (often called a Biscoff cookie) that is commonly served in restaurants and hotels in Europe with coffee. It’s similar to peanut butter or Nutella in it’s uses, but the flavor is so distinct.
I’ve had a few jars of in my pantry for a few weeks now. Before then, the only time I could get this delicious cookie spread was when the cute lttle old man from Belgium would come to the PX on post and set up a booth to sell his beers, cheeses and the Speculoos…. at €8 a jar. So, when the local grocery store was selling them for €3, I picked up a few jars. And, I was lucky enough to get a Choco Speculoos too!
Back in the USA, this spread is known as Cookie Butter and can be found at stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes. But, I’ve heard stories from a few of my readers that it’s a hot commodity and is even rationed in some places and VERY expensive. So if you can get your hands on a jar… savor EVERY BITE, because it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before!
With this spread, I made Original Karamelgebäck Creme Cupcakes. The base of the cupcake is dense, moist and full of the sweet caramel flavor of the Biscoff cookie. The frosting is made with the Choco Speculoos and is so light and fluffy. I could have eaten this frosting by the spoonful. Oh, who I am kidding. I totally did eat it by the spoonful. Topping this cupcake is crushed Biscoff cookies, which I think adds the perfect little crunch to the cupcake!
It’s like a Belgian explosion in my mouth with each bite of this cupcake. SO GOOD!
Don’t worry though, if you can’t find Original Karamelgebäck Creme in any stores in the USA, just run to Trader Joes and try to find cookie butter. And the Choco Speculoos… you probably won’t find that in the USA either, but you could use Nutella or more Original Karamelgebäck Creme and add some cocoa powder.
If you like these cupcakes, check out the Chocolate cupcakes with Biscoff Milka Cream Cheese Frosting I made last year!