cookie butter cupcakes

August 27, 2012

in Cupcakes

Cookie butter, Biscoff, Speculoos – three different names for one dangerously addicting spread. For the uninitiated, think cinnamon-spiced shortbread cookies ground into a smooth and creamy paste, like peanut butter. With notes of gingerbread, cinnamon, and caramel, you can’t go wrong with a jar of cookie butter (though you will certainly be tempted to attack it with a spoon!). If you love cookie butter as much as I do, these are your cupcakes – infused with layer upon layer of the wondrous Belgian creation, you’ll have a hard time eating just one.

I spiced up the fluffy vanilla cupcakes with crushed butter almond thin cookies, and couldn’t resist adding a hidden pocket of cookie butter that caramelizes in the oven – you’re welcome! Top these off with a lush cookie butter buttercream, and you’ll find yourself with one satisfying cupcake.

Cookie Butter Cupcakes
1 3/4 cups cake flour*
6 butter almond thins (approx 1 ounce), pulsed
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 cup cookie butter

Cookie Butter Buttercream
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 Tbsp cookie butter
3 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp low-fat milk
6 butter almond thins, broken

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two 12-cup standard muffin pans with baking cups; coat lightly with nonstick spray. Whisk together cake flour, pulsed almond thins, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, and beat until combined; beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add half of flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat just until combined. Add yogurt and buttermilk; finish with remaining flour mixture.

Using an electric hand mixer with clean and dry beaters, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a clean bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Using a spatula, carefully fold egg whites into the cake batter in 2 additions. Divide half the batter evenly between cups; top with 1/2 teaspoon cookie butter. Spoon remaining batter evenly into cups and bake for 18 minutes, until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 2 minutes in pans on a wire rack, then carefully remove from pans and place them on the wire rack to cool completely.

To make buttercream, beat butter and cookie butter in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add milk and beat on medium speed until airy. Fit a pastry bag with a large round tip and pipe a spiral onto each cupcake; top with a piece of almond thin. Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

*Make your own cake flour: place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

Yield – 24 cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Calories – 225
Carbs – 35

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47 Comments

1 The Café Sucré Farine August 27, 2012

WOW, that’s all I can say! These are unbelievable, so pretty and I can only imagine the flavor! Do you live anywhere near me? :)

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2 Valerie August 27, 2012

Laura, you’ve outdone yourself! These cupcakes look (and sound) too good to be true! :D

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3 Jen @ Savory Simple August 27, 2012

FOODGASM!

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4 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 27, 2012

Oh my goodness! I want one now! These are just amazing!

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5 Jenn August 27, 2012

Oh wow! I’ve been eyeing that stuff at Trader Joe’s… these look to-die-for!!

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6 Patty August 27, 2012

Oh Yes! I would most definitely be attacking the cookie butter with a spoon! I just love how you put these cupcakes together:-)

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7 Steve @ the black peppercorn August 27, 2012

wow – these cupcakes look delicious!! I could go for one right now with my coffee!!! or maybe two :)

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8 Suzanne August 27, 2012

Love this spread so I know I will love these cupcakes Laura, great job on them!

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9 Cassie August 27, 2012

I adore cookie butter! These are just right up my alley Laura. I can already feel my self control drifting away!

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10 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 27, 2012

I want one (or more!) of those right now!

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11 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 27, 2012

You’re making me drool with all these wonderful treats you are making! The flavors of this one seems even more inviting! Yum!

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12 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 27, 2012

I keep looking at the cookie butter at Trader Joe’s and have been so tempted to put it in my cart but I am scared it would disappear in minutes. Great way to use it!

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13 Carol | a cup of mascarpone August 27, 2012

HELP!!!!!!!!! I was going to try to go just one week without a cupcake. After seeing these, that one week just ended after the first day!!!

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14 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 27, 2012

I love cookie butter – these cupcakes are making my mouth water! Have you tried dark chocolate stuffed with cookie butter? I bought a bar at Trader Joe’s, so good!

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15 Suzanne Perazzini August 27, 2012

Cupcakes with secret pockets are the best. By the way, what is cookie butter?

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16 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 27, 2012

you know, we both know our job requires lots of taste testing so next time you make some of these amazing cupcakes, give me a call. I’ll happy research for you!

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17 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 27, 2012

they look so good – I mean, what’s not to love. I happen to LOVE cookie butter/biscoff!!

And the Cookie Butter Buttercream – that needs to happen for me, asap!

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18 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } August 27, 2012

These are beautiful cupcakes and just love the combination of flavors you put together! Absolutely lovely. Pinning now. :-)

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19 anna August 27, 2012

cookie…butter…how have i not heard of this?? these look FANTASTIC!

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20 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings August 27, 2012

Ahhhh…I haven’t seen Biscoff in Toronto yet. Gotta find some! With all the Biscoff features of bloggers, I’m beginning to think that I’m really missing out on something so revolutionary (like Nutella)! Heehee…

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21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 27, 2012

Oh my – these are absolutely heavenly! I could really use this right now, and for breakfast tomorrow morning :)

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22 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 27, 2012

I recognized my favorite cookies in the pictures! :D I buy those often because I love the crunchy texture. These cupcakes look amazing! Cookie butter buttercream? You must be teasing us with this delicious flavor… I hope I wasn’t the only one who never tried biscoff yet. But just now I found out that biscoff is also called cookie butter, and it’s in Trader Joes too?? What? I’m going tomorrow anyway so I’ll have to check it out! Love your cupcake pictures – so cute!

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23 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 28, 2012

Ooh I so want to make these! Well actually I really want to eat these so the way is to make these! ;)

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24 Baker Street August 28, 2012

the cookie butter buttercream sounds heavenly and your cupcakes look gorgeous! :)

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25 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 28, 2012

Yum!! Apparently we were both on similar wave lengths with cupcakes recently!

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26 Minnie(@thelady8home) August 28, 2012

So cute! I am seriously drooling over those cup cakes. :-D

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27 Deb August 28, 2012

I am awed! Magnificent little cakes to welcome fall! It’s on the way, I can feel it in the air. The leaves have begun dropping from the gigantic liquid ambers that frame our neighborhood. Enchanting cupcakes, a splendid post!

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28 Mercedes August 28, 2012

Um, wow, I don’t even know if I have words for these cupcakes! I love how deliciously nutty they sound! I don’t know if I have seen those almond thins anywhere, but what a cute idea to top these cupcakes!

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29 Sandra's Easy Cooking August 28, 2012

Oh Laura..yes it is so addicting…thankfully I menage to stop myself unlike with nutella.:)
Those cupcakes look divine…I love the recipe! Just pinned!

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30 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 28, 2012

I know delivery is out of the question but when you decide to visit Australia can you bring your recipe with you? :)

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31 Lora @cakeduchess August 28, 2012

Such pretty little cupcakes. I love the surprise center and the gorgeous frosting. Perfect sweet pick me up for the beginning of the week;)

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32 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 29, 2012

Wow, these cupcakes look so delicious! What a great recipe and an elegant little dessert they make.

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33 Kankana August 29, 2012

I think these looks absolutely stunning. I am so pathetic at styling cupcakes …you did a fantastic job on the flavor profile too!

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34 Liz August 29, 2012

A center of Biscoff? Oh, my, these must taste amazing! Beautiful, too!

PS…I was inspired by your brown butter scones and made my version to share on a guest post that will go up tonight. They were SO good!!!

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35 Magic of Spice August 29, 2012

OH MY! I am not sure what else to say…Wow, these are just incredible, and simply gorgeous on top of it!

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36 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama August 29, 2012

WOW! These look fantastic. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a Biscoff Spread addict! I’m all for anything cookie butter!

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37 Sawsan (Chef in disguise) August 30, 2012

Wow!…can I say that again! Wow!
these are amazing to say the least Laura

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38 Beth August 30, 2012

These cupcakes look absolutely divine!

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39 elena-sweetlife August 30, 2012

Laura, I really love these cupcakes, they’re stunning!

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40 Laura @ Family Spice August 30, 2012

I heard of these cookie butters, but have never tried it. And from your description, I better keep it away from me and my house! YOWZA! Beautiful cupcakes!

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41 Krista August 30, 2012

If it’s so irresistible just on it’s own I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in cupcakes! I LOVE cookie butter!

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42 Cookin' Canuck August 30, 2012

My goodness, do these ever look and sound good! I think I need to experiment with cookie butter…like, tomorrow.

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43 Priscilla @ShesCookin August 30, 2012

You are such a temptress ;) Most scrumptious cupcakes ever!

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44 Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures August 30, 2012

These sound extremely dangerous and delicious!

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45 Rosa August 31, 2012

So pretty and tempting! Those cupcakes must be delicious. I really like that buttercream.

Cheers,

Rosa

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46 Terra September 3, 2012

I have been meaning to comment on your gorgeous cupcakes!!! Sorry I haven’t stopped by in a bit, been crazy busy:-) Seriously, these cupcakes are so pretty, and HOLY CATS they look delicious! Hugs, Terra

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