5 Delicious excuses to eat even more cookie butter (VIDEO)

Aug 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET

If you don’t know about cookie butter, it’s high time you become familiar with this increasingly popular product and join me (and the rest of the country) in celebrating its deliciousness and versatility in the kitchen.

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Essentially, cookie butter is a jar of spreadable, pulverized spice cookies. It has the consistency of peanut butter and a slightly spicy, almost gingerbread-like flavor, which makes it perfect for both sweet and savory recipes. You can keep it simple and spread it on your morning toast, or kick it up a notch by including it in a flavor-packed savory dish. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Watch as I show you five creative and simple ways to use cookie butter in the kitchen, including in warm and gooey crescent rolls dripping with icing, spicy and sweet Thai chicken lettuce wraps and a protein power smoothie. There's also a special recipe that’s near and dear to my heart — the cookie butter Hummer. It’s a twist on a classic Michigan dessert cocktail that’s part milkshake and all heaven. Enjoy!

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1. Cookie butter protein smoothie recipe

Cookie Butter Protein Smoothie

Yields 1 (16 ounce) smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cookie butter
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.

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