Cookie Butter Doughnuts ~ Savory Simple

I didn’t discover cookie butter until earlier this summer when we lost power for several days. I didn’t want to open the refrigerator in the hopes that we’d be able to salvage something (didn’t happen). Everywhere in out neighborhood lost power with the exception of our local hardware store and CVS. Even the grocery stores were down!  So I decided to pick up some snacks to get us through the day. I wandered the aisles looking at nuts, beef jerky, bread…  And then suddenly I saw it. Biscoff. A name I’d seen appearing more and more on food blogs but had yet to taste. I figured why not? I made the purchase, returned home and tasted it.

Love. Love at first bite. Oh the possibilities. The flavor reminded me of graham crackers but with the consistency of peanut butter! I thought of cookies, blondies, cake, frosting, cupcakes. The thing is, though, in the end I’d almost rather just sit there and eat it with a spoon like I did on the day we lost power. It’s so good by itself. We have half a jar remaining and it’s hidden. Mr. Savory isn’t allowed to give it to me until I’m planning to bake with it again.

Last time I made doughnuts for the site they were fried (see my apple doughnuts with caramel glaze), as they technically should be. But I recently acquired a doughnut pan so I decided to use it with this recipe. I’ve had baked doughnuts before and really they’re just cake. A bit more dense and less airy. But there’s nothing wrong with that! Cake shaped like a doughnut? Sign me up. I may try a yeasted, fried version and some point and if I do I will certainly share.

Regarding the glaze, it’s just cookie butter thinned out with cream. I tried a version with confectioners sugar and the result was cloyingly sweet. So this glaze doesn’t have a standard doughnut glaze consistency. It’s oozy and a bit sticky as  you can probably tell from the photo.  You can try adding sugar but I don’t recommend it. Let the cookie butter sweetness shine on its own!  Also, I actually used Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter for this recipe, not Biscoff. Very similar taste.

So tell me, what’s your favorite way to use cookie butter?


Cookie Butter Doughnuts
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Serves: 12 doughnuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup cookie butter, such as Biscoff
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2⅔ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup half and half or milk
  • 1 cup cookie butter
  • ½ cup half and half or milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 435 degrees F. Grease 2 doughnut pans (I use baking spray with flour).
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), combine the butter, oil, cookie butter and sugars until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the baking powder, baking soda, fresh nutmeg, salt and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  5. On low speed, alternate between adding the flour and half and half, finishing with the flour.
  6. Spoon the batter evenly into the doughnut pans. I recommend not filling them all the way, just slightly under.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. While the doughnuts are baking, prepare the glaze by whisking the half and half into the cookie butter. If using the powdered sugar, whisk the half and half into the sugar before combining with the cookie butter to avoid lumps.
  9. Remove from the oven, wait 5 minutes and then turn them onto a cooking rack.
  10. Either dip half of each doughnut into the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour


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  1. I literally just gasped when your picture showed up in my RSS feed. DROOLING!!

  2. I’m dying just looking these sound fantastic :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Oh, be still my doughnut-loving heart! Thank goodness for that power outage. :p

  4. Cookie butter glaze is a deliciously brilliant idea! These donuts look like puffy little cookie clouds. Yum!!

  5. OMG!! This looks incredible-I am literally swooning….and it’s too late to make these tonight but I am going to have to make them tomorrow, or I will be obsessing over them all day!

  6. I’ve checked out “Biscoff” and Amazon have made it clear to me that they can’t ship anything as delicious as that to France. That still leaves the doughnut pan which I have to track down. I’ve never been into doughnuts as I thought they involved a deep fat frying, but this is a revelation.

    • They have biscoff spread in france, it’s what we call speculoos spread. The company that makes it is Lotus, most grocery stores carry it.

  7. I’ve heard of Biscoff, but have never seen it. Is it thick like peanut butter?

  8. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them ;-D

    For those of you looking for this “cookie butter” Trader Joes has a varient and I hear is quite delicious. From my understanding you can use any type of cookie but biscoff cookies are quite tasty and are probably what make this recipe so delicious.

  9. Like you, Jen, I had never tasted cookie butter/biscoff before seeing it all over the net. I purchased a jar about a month ago waiting to use it – may have to start here! I want to grab one of your donuts right out of the beautiful photo!!!

  10. I think I just put on a few pounds just reading this post! That sounds so decadently delicious!

  11. Wow!!! Yum!

  12. More Biscoff love!!! These look absolutely amazing. Great photo! :)

  13. Thank goodness I don’t have a doughnut pan—my husband would want me to make is ALL the time. Looks and sounds amazing!

  14. I LOVE cookie butter and these sound and look amazing. I have resisted buying donut pans bc of my fear of making them on a weekly basis. :)

  15. gorgeous donuts Jen! I completely ADORE cookie butter. I haven’t made donuts in awhile but you’re inspiring my to break out the pan again this weekend. :)

  16. Oh my gosh, I’m in love! These need to have some one-on-one time with my face.

  17. Love how they are glistening. Yum!

  18. Joan@Chocolateandmore says:

    I just want to cry. Our stores still don’t carry Biscoff. I think I’m going to have to make a road trip to Atlanta to get some. I just want these donuts, now!!!!! Pinned.

  19. Wow. Cookie butter sounds awesome!

  20. What the what? I am drooling!! I need these in my life right away. Right away. Great recipe.

  21. Oh ma gosh!! These look amazing! Delish!!

  22. Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Cookie. Butter. Dougnuts.

    Are those not the three most beautiful words in any language? And all together… in one recipe…?! I need!

  23. Pure bliss…these look amazing!!

  24. I love doughnuts and have been baking them at home…I find they are so quick to whip up…unfortunately I have yet to see Biscoff in Toronto :( May have to drive down to the States just to pick up a jar!

  25. I need to get my hands on some of this cookie butter! Great recipe and awesome photo!! You are very talented!! :)

  26. COOKIE BUTTER? you slay me.

  27. Y.U.M. You already know about my love for cookie butter. These look so good, Jen!

  28. Those doughnuts look amazing! I love the glaze! Biscoff is one of my favorites too, but I actually prefer it in baked goods than by itself. I love yeast doughnuts and wasn’t sure if I’d like baked ones, but if they taste like cake, I can’t imagine not falling in love.

  29. Perfect! Must try soon!

  30. Cookie butter is pretty expensive at my local grocery store, so I haven’t splurged and tried it on its own yet…However, I have bought the dark chocolate bar at Trader Joe’s that is filled with it, and it was diviiiiine.

  31. I have yet to try Biscoff. Or Nutella. I think they might take away my Blogger card for that. But even still, these look amazing.

  32. I finally tried Biscoff cookies on a Delta flight last year but I’m afraid to get the cookie butter – I know it will be addicting and I’ll just end up eating it all on a spoon. Still, these sound so good…maybe I’ll get some at Trader Joe’s and take the risk.

  33. I have cookie butter hiding in my pantry, too! And a donut pan that needs dusting off!

  34. Oooh, these look amazing! I love cookie butter – so awesome just on toast! I can’t imagine how incredible it must be poured over these puffy doughnuts!

  35. Oh man….you had me at cookie butter!!! Incredible!! :)

  36. I’ve yet to happen upon cookie butter, but I love the Biscoff cookies! Baked, cake-like donuts are definitely a win in my book, and this flavour looks amazing!

  37. I just bought a little doughnut pan so I’m really excited to see baked doughnut recipes especially when they look as delicious as this one does!

  38. Wow,
    This looks and sounds awesome!

  39. I tend to go after the cookie butter with a spoon, but I think I’ll have to change it up with these donuts! They look amazing!

  40. Absolutely LOVE cookie butter. And doughnuts! Oh yum.

  41. You used C.B. IN the donuts and IN the glaze… Twice. I love that!

  42. I’ve never had cookie butter before or biscoff spread (eek!) but this looks really amazing! I should buy some.. like now.

  43. Those doughnuts look *amazing*. I have also heard of cookie butter, but have yet to try it. Now I know my next mission . . . .

  44. Cookie butter? For reals? Sounds super decadent :)

  45. I’m so happy you finally discovered the awesomeness that is cookie butter! These doughnuts look absolutely wonderful. YUM! I’d gladly have 1 (or more…) instead of dinner tonight. =)

  46. These are wonderful – need to try them – thanks!

    PS. Wonderful site!

  47. I have no problem with a cake shaped donut! Plus, I get to eat these for breakfast :)

  48. These look HEAVENLY. I was just about to pull together a few donut recipes (it has been on my mind!) These are a great place to start. Thank you for sharing (and I loved the tips you had for new bloggers, by the way!)

  49. Wow, love this creative recipe with cookie butter! Gorgeous photo;-)

  50. Impressive and irresistible! I bought cookie butter for the first time this month and I’m enjoying it… don’t get me started, I feel like I need a spoonful of cookie butter before going to bed… =P

  51. I fell in love with Biscoff while flying Delta Airlines (they still give out the cookies instead of peanuts & pretzels). Delta also sells them on the skymall catalog. When I spotted Biscoff spread at World Market, I also had to buy it and ended up eating half of it with a spoon. Then I made macarons with the rest of it.

    Thanks so much for this recipe idea! More please! I’m obsessed with Biscoff, the Trader Joe’s version…there’s even an imported knockoff at Big Lots!

  52. Oh my! I’m so making these – they look delciious!!!!

  53. Lorraine Frost says:

    Hi there – HELP – I have never heard of or seen Biscoff at the grocery store!!!

    Is it a specialty item?? Is there something that can replace it??

    I live in Canada and love cooking and baking and throughout my life, I have never even heard of someone mention the word!!!

    Please help me as I would LOVE to make these doughnuts!!

    Lorraine – Ontario, Canada

    • Hi Lorraine! I would ask your local grocery store to start. It can go by the name cookie butter, Biscoff or speculoos. If they can’t help you I’m sure you can order it online somewhere.

      • Lorraine Frost says:

        Jen – thanks so much for the speedy reply!!!!

        I will check this week at a few local grocery stores and maybe even the German deli that is near where I live!!!

        Looking forward to trying this recipe, Jen!!

        Lorraine – Ontario, Canada

  54. Fran Rushing says:

    Jen, would these be ok for prediabetics?
    They sound so good and he gets so hungry
    for sweets.

  55. Whoa! These sound insane. I cannot even imagine the cookie flavor mixed with a doughnut. Sounds like a winner!


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