Friday, March 15, 2013

Foodie Fridays: Speculoos Cookie Butter Brownie Recipe

Have you ever tried the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joes?  If not, I suggest you try it out.  I’ve used it on toasted banana bread, or straight from the jar.  It’s just that good! Thinking to myself, what else can I use this jar of yummy goodness for?  I googled and came across a brownie recipe from Bake at 350.  I believe Speculoos is the same as the speculoos, which I had, so I tried it, and my brownies turned out GREAT!!!  I used the Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter this time.

This is the brownie after I re-heated in the oven

I tweaked Bake at 350’s recipe a little because hers seemed, to me, to have too much sugar.  After tasting mine, I realized I made the right decision.  Two cups of sugar is way too much!

This recipe made roughly 15 brownies.

Speculoos Brownies Recipe

For the Speculoos swirl:
1/2 cup Speculoos Spread
4 ounces cream cheese
1 TBSP sugar
1 egg

For the brownies:
1 cup Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 TBSP vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease a 9 x 13" pan.

Beat the all of the ingredients for the Speculoos swirl until well combined.  Set aside. 

Combine the cocoa, salt and baking powder, set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.  Turn off the heat; add the sugar and stir to combine.  Return to the heat until it's hot again, but not bubbling.

Remove from heat.  Stir in the cocoa mixture. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. (For this part, I removed the ingredients and placed it all in my KitchenAid stand mixer because I am lazy .:lol:.)

Stir in the flour.  Pour into the prepared pan and smooth evenly.

Using a spoon, dollop the Speculoos mixture on top of the brownie batter. 

Use a table knife to gently swirl the mixture, making sure each piece with have a little bit of the swirl.
It already looks yummy!

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  The swirl will look set, but the brownies will still look soft in the middle.  Cool on a wire rack before cutting.

Finished Product

Have you tried the Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter?  What do you do with it?