It's Friday! One of the new things I am going to try to do this year is to make my weekend posts ones different than the ones I post during the week. We moms work hard during the week, so I hope that these posts will be something just for your enjoyment. Sometimes it will be a scrapbook page I created (one of my goals this year!), like last week. Sometimes it will just be a picture I like. Sometimes it will be something new that I learn. I am a big-time believer that as moms, we need to keep learning and growing. I know I've said that before, but I really think this is what keeps us maturing and sharpening. And I'm not just talking about knowing your Bible better, which is the most important kind of learning we can do. When I take the time to learn how to better organize my home, or discover something new in history, or read a piece of classic literature, or how to better utilize the time God has given me, I feel re-energized and excited. It pushes my limits and stretches my horizons and hopefully, helps me to become more of the woman He wants me to be.
Well, this week, I have been discovering Biscoff Spread. Have you ever heard of this stuff? If you like peanut butter or Nutella, you may want to try it. It is an interesting concoction that looks and spreads like peanut butter, but is made out of---get this---cookies!
If you've ever traveled on Delta airlines (which I haven't), you may already be familiar with the cookie form that they pass out on their flights for snacks. They are created by Lotus and are best described as cinnamony, brown sugary, buttery, light, and crisp. The spread tastes just the same. It's not chocolatey like Nutella. When I opened my jar, it totally looked like peanut butter.
These cookies are called speculoos (or speculaas) in the Netherlands and Belgium, where it all began. This word is derived from the Latin word "species" which means "spices". Makes sense. Originally, they were associated with the Christmas season and came in cool shapes that are stamped with an image before baking and were created for children to celebrate St. Nicholas Day (which is Dec. 6). You may have even seen them in stores in your neighborhood. Isn't this interesting already?
Well someone got the bright idea to take these cookies and pulverize them into crumbs, add some oil and sugar to the mix and voila! You've got Biscoff Spread. Generally, this is made by Lotus, but there is another brand out there that may not be of the same quality. Trader Joe's has their own version, which is called Speculoos Cookie Butter. I found this 14 oz. jar Lotus brand at my local Stater Brothers for about $3.99 (not on sale, I was splurging!). You can also order it on Amazon, if you really can't find it, for $3.70. Like peanut butter, it also comes in a crunchy form, which I have not seen in the stores and have not tried yet. But I think I prefer mine smooth anyways.
So, how do you eat it? Now here's the danger. Let me warn you now, it is quite addicting. It is completely easy to eat it straight from the jar. I mean, it's cookies, right? You can use it just like you would use peanut butter. Spread it on toast. Use it in place of peanut butter for Ants on a Log. (Slice celery sticks, fill the valley with the spread and put some raisins or craisins in the spread.) Use it as a dip with Granny Smith apples. Serve it warm with banana.
I think for me, because it is a bit of an indulgence, I have been very careful with how I use it. Our first experiment with it was making these self-frosting biscoff cupcakes with them last weekend. And even with that, I used less spread than the recipe called for. I have to keep in mind that there is no real nutritional value in it. At 88 calories per tablespoon, you really do need to be careful. So consider yourself forewarned. Especially once your kids get a hold of it.
As I was searching the internet for how I could use my Biscoff Spread as a baking ingredient instead of eating it straight out of the jar. The Biscoff site had a few that I was going to try. The Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies and Carrot Cupcakes with Biscoff Cream Cheese Icing particularly caught my interest! Check out the site for other ideas. Here are a few other sites that featured Biscoff Spread recipes...I may have to get another jar just to try them out! There's Biscoff White Chocolate Chip Blondies and Biscoff Brownies. Yum! I read that you can even substitute the spread for peanut butter in your favorite recipes---just add a bit less sugar to compensate for the sweetness of the spread.
So if you're looking for something new to try, check this out! I wouldn't eat it every day, but it does make things special!