These biscoff cookie butter cupcakes have a brown butter spiced cupcake base filled with speculoos cookie butter and topped with fluffy cookie butter frosting and lotus biscoff cookies!
They're the perfect wintery cupcakes for biscoff lovers and spice cake lovers alike!
What is Cookie Butter?
Cookie butter is a spiced spread, with a creamy peanut butter like texture, made from ground up speculoos cookies (pronounced "speck-you-lows").
So wait, what are speculoos cookies? They're little crispy spice cookies that are a staple winter treat across Europe! They're similar to American gingerbread cookies, just a little crunchier. The most famous speculoos cookies are the Belgian Lotus Biscoff cookies, but you can find a ton of different varieties! But what every version has in common is a crispy cookie flavored with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and ginger.
You can use cookie butter in pretty much all the same ways you would use nut butter. Spread on toast, in cookies, on oatmeal, or just right out of the jar with a spoon!
The OG cookie butter is Lotus Biscoff Butter made from the infamous Biscoff cookies, but Trader Joe's has their own speculoos cookie butter that's just as good (TJ's also has lots of different fun flavors of cookie butter)!
You only need a few simple ingredients for these biscoff cookie butter cupcakes!
- Cake flour - I always use cake flour in my cupcakes because it makes them super soft and tender, but all purpose flour also works great!
- Brown butter - My favorite ingredient of all time is brown butter!! Brown butter is just unsalted butter that has been melted and gently cooked to bring out a toasty, nutty flavor. It also tastes great with the cookie butter! If you've never made brown butter before, you can check out this post with all my tips for how to make brown butter!
- Cookie butter - The OG Lotus Biscoff cookie butter is the best if you can find it (major retailers like Walmart and Target usually carry it), but I also love Trader Joe's speculoos cookie butter! You can also make your own speculoos cookie butter if you prefer. The creamy cookie butter works best for these, but you can use the crunchy version if that's all you have.
- Biscoff cookies - These cupcakes are adorable topped with biscoff cookies! I also like to crush up some cookies and add them right to the batter, but that's optional. The classic Lotus Biscoff cookies are my favorite, but any speculoos cookies will do the trick!
I recommend making the brown butter the night before you make the cupcakes, so that it has time to fully cool to room temperature!
Since both the cupcakes and the frosting call for brown butter, I find it easier to just make one large batch and then weigh out the difference using a kitchen scale (½ cup of butter weighs about 113 grams).
However, if you don't have a scale you can just make two separate batches of brown butter!
How to Make Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 12 cup pan with cupcake liners.
Whisk the cake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, crushed cookies, and salt together in a large bowl.
Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the softened brown butter and creamy cookie butter until fully combined and smooth.
Then add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar and cream until light and fluffy.
Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue to mix until fully incorporated.
Stir in about half the flour mixture. Then stir in the milk and the rest of the flour and mix until just combined.
Pour about ¼ cup of batter into each cupcake liner (they should be about halfway full).
Bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack. Let the cookie butter cupcakes cool completely before filling and frosting.
Use a cupcake corer to remove the center of each cupcake, then fill with 1-2 teaspoons of cookie butter.
Frost the cooled cupcakes with the brown butter cookie butter buttercream. Then garnish with a drizzle of cookie butter, crushed biscoff cookies, and a whole biscoff cookie!
Note: for drizzling, microwave a little bit of cookie butter for 10-20 seconds. Then let it cool slightly so it's cool to the touch (and won't melt the buttercream) but still melty enough to pour.
These biscoff cookie butter cupcakes are best eaten the same day!
Tips for the Best Baked Goods
Use room temperature ingredients! Always make sure ingredients like butter, eggs, milk, yogurt, etc. are at room temperature before baking (unless the recipe indicates otherwise)! This ensures they'll incorporate into the batter more easily and leads to overall better texture. Remove all ingredients from the fridge 30 minutes to an hour before baking for best results.
Measure your flour correctly! It's most accurate to use a kitchen scale, but if you're measuring by volume you want to spoon and level! Fluff up the flour a bit with a spoon, and then spoon flour into the measuring cup. Once it's overflowing, use the back of a knife to level it off. Don't ever pack flour into the measuring cup or you'll end up with way too much! Improperly measured flour can lead to dry, dense baked goods. [Measure cocoa powder the same way!]
Use an oven thermometer! Just because your oven says it's 350, doesn't mean it is! If you oven hasn't been calibrated recently, it can be as much as 30 degrees off, which will negatively affect all baked goods from cakes to macarons! An oven thermometer is the easiest/cheapest way to ensure your oven is always at the proper temperature.
Make sure you baking powder is fresh! Baking powder is important for helping baked goods rise properly, but it has a relatively short shelf life once opened, so it's one of the few items I never buy in bulk! To test if your baking powder is still fresh, add a small amount to boiling water. If it bubbles it's still good to use, but if not it's time to toss it!
Cupcake Decorating Tips
- Make sure you let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting!!
- Use a cupcake corer to easily remove the center of your cupcakes before filling with speculoos cookie butter.
- For these big beautiful cookie butter frosting swirls on these biscoff cupcakes, I use the large round tip from this decorating kit. The tips are much larger than standard sizes and so fun for decorating cupcakes!
- After frosting garnish with a drizzle of cookie butter, crushed biscoff cookies, and a whole biscoff cookie!
These biscoff cookie butter cupcakes are best eaten the same day but will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Cookie butter is made from Speculoos cookies (like lotus biscoff), which are spiced cookies that taste similar to gingerbread. So cookie better has a sweet, slightly spiced flavor with a texture like peanut butter!
No, but I recommend it! The brown butter takes both the cupcakes and frosting to the next level! However, you can substitute unsalted butter if you must.
Tips for Success!
For best results I always recommend using weight measurements (especially when baking) because it's the most accurate. Kitchen scales are super affordable and also reduce the number of dishes you have to do! However, all my recipes also include US customary measurements for convince. Use this chart to convert measurements for common ingredients!
Substitutions: In all my recipes, I've included substitutions that I know will work, but I cannot guarantee results if you substitute ingredients that I have not recommended. For example, granulated sugar and honey are indeed both sweeteners but they have different properties so that can not always be swapped 1:1. In the recipe card you'll find links to the specific ingredients/brands that I use.
A note on salt: I almost exclusively use Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt because it's the best all-purpose salt for cooking and baking. If you're not using kosher salt, consult this handy guide for a conversion chart! When in doubt, if you're using table salt just reduce the amount by half for baked goods. When cooking, I prefer to under-salt because you can always add more! If you've over-salted, adding a little bit of acid (like lemon juice) can help.
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Cookie Butter Cupcakes
- 1 ½ cups cake flour, substitute all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons biscoff cookie crumbs
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup brown butter, room temperature
- ½ cup biscoff cookie butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup whole milk
Cookie Butter Frosting
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 12 cup pan with cupcake liners.
- Whisk the cake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, crushed cookies, and salt together in a large bowl.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the softened brown butter and creamy cookie butter until fully combined and smooth.
- Then add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar and cream until light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and continue to mix until fully incorporated.
- Stir in about half the flour mixture. Then stir in the milk and the rest of the flour and mix until just combined.
- Pour about ¼ cup of batter into each cupcake liner (they should be about halfway full).
- Bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Remove from pan and let cool on wire rack. Let the cookie butter cupcakes cool completely before filling and frosting.
- Use a cupcake corer to remove the center of each cupcake, then fill with 1-2 teaspoons of cookie butter.
Cookie Butter Frosting
- In a large bowl using a handheld mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the room temperature brown butter and cookie butter together until smooth.
- Add in the powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add in 2-4 tablespoons of heavy cream if needed to thin out the frosting. Then beat the frosting on high for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy!
- Frost the cooled cupcakes with the brown butter cookie butter buttercream. Then garnish with a drizzle of cookie butter, crushed biscoff cookies, and a whole biscoff cookie!
- Note: for drizzling, microwave a little bit of cookie butter for 10-20 seconds. Then let it cool slightly so it's cool to the touch (and won't melt the buttercream) but still melty enough to pour.
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