“Cookie butter.” What a beautiful phrase.
Of course, by beautiful, I mean ridiculous and incredibly unhealthy. Seeing the words “cookie” and “butter” so close to each other is so artery-clogging, it’s a shocker that cookie butter isn’t American.
That’s right–like the printing press and the pocket watch, cookie butter actually originated in Europe. Sweden has long used cookie butter for Dammsugare. Germany uses it in Granatsplitter. Denmark has traditionally put cookie butter in studenterbrød, romkugler, and træstammer.
And now, Nabisco is using cookie butter in something I can actually pronounce.
Cookie Butter Oreos have arrived! They follow what already seems like a dream run this year, including Jelly Donut, PB&J, and Apple Pie Oreos. Still no sign of the Nutella Oreos I’ve got on my Fat Kid Wish List™…but maybe those have a chance now that Nabisco has established a European pipeline for new Oreo flavors.
If you’re looking for Cookie Butter Oreos in the coming weeks (and let’s be honest, who won’t be?), confirmed stores include Target, Walmart, and regional chains like H-E-B and Stop & Shop. I found them at Target, which has a pretty reliable product locator on their website. And if your Target is like mine and shows Cookie Butter Oreos “in stock” but doesn’t have them on shelves, just do some begging, maybe cry a little bit, and ask them to pretty please grab you a couple of packs from the back. It worked for me!
Cookie Butter Oreos feature a graham flavored cookie with cookie butter flavored creme. The creme appears similar in consistency to actual cookie butter, almost like it was spooned directly out of the jar. These Cookie Butter Oreos smell great, too: sweet, buttery, and a bit of cinnamon spice.
The first thing I noticed about the creme is its texture. It’s grainy, but in a good way (cookie bits, maybe?). Again, it gives the impression that there’s actual cookie butter here. But unfortunately, the creme doesn’t quite reach the full flavor of cookie butter. It’s sweet and carries a good cinnamon flavor, but that’s it. Don’t get me wrong, I like it a lot. But it definitely doesn’t stack up to the complex gingerbread-like taste of Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter or Biscoff spread.
I don’t love the use of the graham cookie here. It’s rather bland, and doesn’t do anything to help the overall flavor of the cookie. Fortunately, the creme still comes through here and there, but the graham cookie once again proves that it really only works in pie-flavored Oreos.
Cookie Butter Oreos are great Oreos, but they’re not quite “cookie butter.” The textured creme is fun, but overall, these end up being sweet cinnamon cookies, almost like Cinnamon Teddy Grahams. I like them a lot–I just hope Nabisco will revamp the creme in a future recipe.
Until then, I’ll get my cookie butter fix from træstammer. Whatever that is.
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||$2.99 at Target|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—2 cookies
|140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 85 milligrams of sodium, 20 milligrams of potassium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Cookie butter creme has fun texture, but isn’t really “cookie butter.” Graham cookie sucks unless it’s in a pie Oreo. Learning foreign languages through snacks.|
|Overall Score:||8 out of 10|