Living so close to the Canada-US border definitely has its perks. Once every
Really though, I could eat cookie butter on anything. I like to smear it in between stacks of pancakes, bake with it, and honestly just eat it by the spoonful. For my first baking trial with it to find the perfect cookie butter cookie recipe, I decided to start small so I wouldn't be wasting too much of this precious commodity that takes a 2 hour round trip to obtain. These cookie butter fig cookies ended up better than I could have ever imagined.
What are speculoos?
Speculoos (or speculaas) are thin, crispy, spiced cookies that taste like gingersnaps. They originate from Belgium and the Netherlands and are usually served as a snack with coffee or tea.
What is cookie butter?
Cookie butter is a creamy spread made with crushed speculoos cookies. It's similar in texture to peanut butter. The most common branded cookie butter spreads are Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter and Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter. You can also make homemade cookie butter with gingersnap cookies or any kind of cookie, for that matter.
How to make fig & speculoos cookie butter cookies
In a mixing bowl, combine both sugars, salt, melted butter, and speculoos cookie butter spread. Scrape the cookie butter against the sides of the bowl to help soften it. Mix until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again until smooth.
Sift the flour and baking soda into the wet batter and fold with a spatula until just combined and there are no more large chunks of flour. The sifting adds in more air to the batter to make them nice and fluffy instead of hard and dense. Don't overmix the batter!
Toss in the chopped dried figs and fold a few times to distribute. Hang on to a few pieces of fig for later if you want to "see" the pieces of fig on the tops of the cookies (optional).
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes. This will make scooping the dough much easier. Meanwhile, line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
When the dough is chilled, use an ice cream scoop (the ones with the spring release mechanism) to scoop domes of cookie dough and place them on the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches in between each cookie to leave room for spreading. On a large baking sheet, you will probably be able to fit 6 medium-sized cookies.
Press a couple chunks of dried fig on the tops of the cookie dough domes. Return the tray to the fridge to chill for another 15-30 minutes. Chilling at this point is optional but I highly recommend it if you want thick, chewy cookies. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
Bake cookies for about 13-15 minutes or until the edges just begin to lightly brown. They should still be very soft and will firm up as they cool. Leave them to cool on the tray for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. And definitely eat one while they're still warm!