Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chocolate and Cinnamon Chip Biscoff Cookies [Updated]



One spring break, during college, I was on one of those mostly-empty midweek flights from New York to Chicago. That was back in the days, by the way, when airlines flew mostly-empty planes. This particular airline was Delta, and although I'd been up for who-knows-how-many-hours straight (I was coming home from Paris), I was awake and excited. Why, you ask? Cookies. Of course.

Specifically, Biscoff cookies which used to be only available on Delta flights. I inhaled the packet I was given and, in the midst of small talk about my spring break sharing a hotel room in a random residential section of Paris with two girlfriends, I asked the flight attendant for more. After some time had passed, and I was sure she'd forgotten, she returned! With cookies! An entire bag filled to the brim with Biscoff cookies. It was one of the happiest days of my life.


Delta has since randomly started to phase out Biscoff cookies on its flights (so I've started to phase out Delta), so I thought that Biscoff and I were going to be forced to break up*... Until I started seeing recipes for things made with Biscoff cookie butter. As in peanut butter, but instead of pureeing peanuts they puree these delicately spiced cookies. It's pretty much the most fat-kid-y, unnecessary, delicious and completely necessary (yes, I realize I just contradicted myself, and I stand by it) pantry staple there is.

*Update: Thanks to everyone who has commented or emailed with suggestions for feeding my habit sourcing Biscoff products! I found the cookies on Amazon, finally. The spread is easier to find, it seems. I got the jar that went into these cookies at CVS, of all places, but I imagine all major supermarkets have it, as does the interwebz, WalgreensWal-Mart, and Trader Joe's (Where it is labeled Speculoos Cookie Butter, not Biscoff spread). All Biscoff products can also be ordered at http://www.shopbiscoff.com/, including products I didn't know existed (cookie crumbles? Crunchy spread?!) so now I'm in real trouble. 


You have to try this stuff. It's available in major grocery stores and even drugstores (I've seen it called Cookie Butter, Speculoos, and Biscoff Spread - they're all the same thing), comes in a somewhat sketchy looking container and looks like something foul-tasting and medicinal that your dentist might spread on your gums ahead of a root canal. But, friends, please don't judge a cookie butter by its cover. It is sweet and cinnamon-y and creamy and simply addictive. Feel free to eat it with a spoon - but don't say I didn't warn you!

Aside from eating it with a spoon, the best way to use it is in place of peanut butter, resulting in a moist and chewy cookie that just explodes with subtle spice flavor when you bite into it. You can probably make nearly any peanut butter cookie recipe, but I'd highly recommend the one from Smitten Kitchen, which I've adapted for you below. Whatever you do, make sure you throw in some chocolate and cinnamon chips, and definitely do not hesitate to roll the balls of dough in a generous dollop of granulated sugar before baking, which provides a little crunch before you sink your teeth into the chewy Biscoff-y interior of the cookie. 


These cookies are fast and simple: you do have to cream the butter but you can make the whole thing with a hand mixer in a single bowl and best of all, unlike my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, you don't have to chill the dough! Commence celebration.

They are best warm from the oven, of course, but unlike many cookies, are actually exactly as enjoyable when eaten at room temperature. They're pretty much magic cookies - but what else would you expect from a cookie that involves Biscoff?

Oh, and by the way, while absolutely worship the spread, I would do almost anything to find a source of the Biscoff cookies themselves. Supermarkets? Online? Anyone have a lead on this for me?



Chocolate and Cinnamon Chip Biscoff Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

3/4 cup Biscoff
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar + more for rolling
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat the oven to 350F. Cover 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray or a nonstick pad.

Cream the Biscoff, butter for a minute or two, and then add  both sugars together and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Then add baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix for 30 seconds to1 minute until evenly distributed. Finally, add flour, and mix until just combined.Gently fold in chocolate and cinnamon chips.

Scoop cookies in 2-3 inch balls, and roll top halves in white sugar. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes until bottoms are golden brown (tops will not brown) and tops are puffed and crackly.

Makes approximately two dozen cookies. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.


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25 comments:

  1. Biscoff is totally a staple in my house and my thighs are paying for it every day lol! I kind of need these cookies. Like, really soon.

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  2. Gosh, I could eat a half dozen of these in one sitting, I bet. I LOVE biscoff/cookie butter/whatever you want to call it! I neeeeed to try these. Great recipe! ;)
    PS - I find cookie butter at Trader Joe's!

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  3. Biscoff cookies make me giggle-- cookies made from a butter made from cookies. So meta. But these certainly look super delish!

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  4. Biscoff cookies are sold at our local Walmart. They have a smalll selection of cookies that appeal to grown up taste's and biscoff is one that fits that description. i think you have to be a big girl to appreciate the flavor. Yummy with coffee and the spread is great when smeared between two graham crackers for a quick treat. The box has individually wrapped packages of 2. I even threw some in our travel bags the last time we flew and secretly ate all of the packs in my children's back packs when they weren't looking. Shhhh.

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  5. Ohhhhhhhh yum. I really don't think I have any other words for this. I love biscoff. I may have to try this out this weekend =).

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  6. Anne ~ Uni HomemakerAugust 16, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Aren't biscoff fantastic?! I ADORE them!!! Unfortunately my store no longer carry Biscoff so I'm forced to buy mine at Cost Plus World Market for the Biscoff brand. I suppose I can buy Speculoos but I just prefer the Biscoff brand. :D So good! These cookies are amazing Nora. I'm putting this on my to-bake list. Pinning! :)

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  7. You can most definitely order them online! At http://www.biscoff.com even!! I have never bought the butter because you're right, the packaging looks really sketchy!!

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  8. One of my favorite parts of flying is the Biscoff treats, honestly. All of a sudden with one cookie it makes everything better. And then I'm beginning for 3rds!

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  9. That's exactly what I didn't replace this jar once I finished it. I literally started eating this stuff with a spoon after work, at which point I had to stage a Biscoff-tervention for myself. Let me know what you think of these!

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  10. You can and you would, believe me! I recently discovered the cookie butter at TJ's - thanks for the tip!

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  11. Oh I knew they carried the spread, but not the cookies. Thanks for the tip! I think you are right that the taste appeals to a more adult palate, so you shouldn't feel bad for eating your kids' packets. But don't worry, your secret's safe ;)

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  12. I hope you can give them a shot! Definitely let me know what you think!

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  13. Yes, yes yes! The taste is out of this world! By the way, I just updated the post with some sources of biscoff spread and cookies. The cookies are on Amazon (and also, according to Heidi above, Wal-mart - thanks again, Heidi!), and the spread (the REAL one) seems to be pretty accessible at Walgreens and CVS, if you have either of those nearby. Good luck!

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  14. Thanks for the heads up, Anne! I just checked out the site and found so many products I've never heard of, which was fun. I'd recommend ignoring the packaging, and giving the spread a shot. For some reason the label makes it look painfully generic, as though the product inside is of poor quality, but it's definitely not :)

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  15. It doesn't help that flying is sooo unpleasant these days, but even back in the days when it was still not so stressful, the cookies were always my favorite part too!

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  16. I used to loooove eating those Biscoff cookies they give out on airplanes. I'd eat not only my own share of Biscoff cookies, but also my mom and dad's cookies too haha. (In my defense, they offered it!) I know that by now you already have a whole list of sources for the not-so-elusive-anymore Biscoff cookies, but I thought I'd share that I buy my Biscoff cookies from World Market. A little pricey, in my opinion, but totally worth it! Wonderful recipe as always, Nora (:

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  17. I seriously need to get on the Biscoff train!

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  18. I am guilty of stealing others' cookies too, Monica. You're in good company! Thanks so much for the World Market tip. One can never have too many sources for hard-to-find ingredients!

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  19. These cookies are downright dreamy! I LOVE Biscoff spread! It's hard to keep in the house - it calls my name incessantly. And I answer.

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  20. I've never actually had Biscoff...which is ridiculous! But I didn't know that Trader Joe's Cookie Butter was the same thing?! I've had that...so I guess I have had Biscoff! Who knew!? Also, that line about "so I've started to phase out delta" soooo funny...still laughing:))

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  21. Yep, TJ's is sneaky (awesome) that way. Pretty sure it's the exact same thing as Biscoff...just in a different jar!

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  22. Hello! I made a version of these a few weeks ago, to compare with another butter-free version - yours were awesome! :) http://hungryhinny.com/2013/10/31/biscoff-chocolate-chip-cookie-showdown/

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  23. Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your post and very much appreciated you including my recipe! So glad you liked it!

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