Trader Joe’s Recipes: Easy Pumpkin Cookies with Cookie Butter


Last year, I discovered the awesomeness that is Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix. It’s back in stores now and if you enjoy it, I do recommend stocking up now! I went later in the season last year to buy more and found they’d stopped carrying it. It’s definitely a seasonal item!

I knew I wanted to feature the pumpkin bread mix for my new Trader Joe’s Recipes series that I launched last week. (In case you missed the announcement, each Friday through the end of the year I’ll be creating a recipe that highlights a fun Trader Joe’s food item!)

But…what to do with it?

And then I had a light bulb go off: COOKIES! I wondered if there was a way I could use the mix to make more of a cookie consistency and less of a bread one. My idea turned out to work like a charm and I’m happy to say it was every bit as easy to make and every bit as delicious to eat!


  • 1 box Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 jar Speculoos Cookie Butter (my store carried Crunchy)

Start by pre-heating your oven to 375°.

Mix the eggs into the butter until you’ve got a nice, even consistency. Next, add the pumpkin bread mix. I like to start with just a little bit first to introduce the dry ingredients to the wet. I

am happy to report that it’s nice you can use an entire box of the mix – no measuring or having leftovers. The entire box resulted in the perfect soft-baked cookies!

For this recipe, I knew I wanted small cookies – about the size of an Oreo. So I made small balls and then just flattened them slightly with the backside of a fork.

Um, hello? How perfect did these turn out? I cooked them for about 8-10 minutes, but your oven may vary. I’d check them after about 7 minutes or so to see how they’re coming along.

Now…you could eat them as is and they’d be delicious. But I thought they were missing something…


When the cookies were completely cooled, I spread a little bit of Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, forming a sandwich.

Have you ever tried this cookie butter? It’s insane. I am going to warn you right now – this isn’t such a good food choice for those on a diet! I counted FOUR different instances of sugar in the ingredient list.

But that would also explain why it’s so crazy good.

Alternatively, you could check Trader Joe’s for other filling options – I think the fig or pumpkin butter would be good to try, too.

These were quite tasty and my kids loved them. In fact, my daughter declared me a “genius” for coming up with this recipe! If you try this recipe, I’d love to know what you think!


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  1. These are delicious. Hubby and I have to self limit buying Spekuloos butter because we spoon it right out of the jar, but now we have a good reason to buy it. It’s yummy inside the cookies. Now if we could just stop eating the cookies……. 🙂

  2. Made these today and they are AMAZING! Thank you for the recipe. My daughter’s teachers are going to love their Thanksgiving gift.

  3. I just found this recipe hack. I love it. I made a pumpkin spice applesauce buttercream to go in between rather than the cookie butter(I didn’t have any) needless to say they turned out relish

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