Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

All my blogging friends were eating it–speculoos, or cookie butter.  I went right down to Trader Joe’s for a jar of my own.  Little did I know that it could lead to a Cookie Butter Braided Bread.

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

If you haven’t had speculoos it is almost like a spreadable spice cookie.  Based on a traditional Northern European holiday cookie, it can be used like an especially decadent peanut butter.  

I got the idea to try it in bread  last Christmas, when a virtual blogging buddy, Kathy from Bakeaway with Me, made a braided Nutella bread.  With layers of dough, swirled around creamy nutella, it was beautiful to say the least.  I thought about the jar of Speculoos in my panty.

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread, Cut

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread, Cut

We had a big group together over the 4th of July weekend so I decided to make a homemade bread for breakfast.  I made a couple recipe changes, using half whole wheat flour, swapping speculoos for nutella and dotting with some cinnamon chips.  I was a little apprehensive about pulling off the “braid” part (since I have a special talent for making ugly baked goods), but it was actually quite easy.

To form the Speculoos cookie butter bread, you just roll out the dough into a rectangle on parchment and spread with the speculoos.

Spread Dough with Speculoos

Spread Dough with Speculoos

If you want you can sprinkle on some cinnamon chips (or chopped nuts?) and roll it up.  I used the parchment to help coax it along.

Roll Up Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Roll Up Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

You slice down the middle (I found a back and forth sawing motion more effective than a pressing cut), then braid/twist the two sides together, keeping the cut sides up.

Slice Bread Down the Middle

Slice Bread Down the Middle

Braid bread, keeping cut sides up

Braid bread, keeping cut sides up

Bake, then serve!

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Some liked it with butter, some plain.  Fun end to a festive weekend!   But now the wheels are turning–what would you try rolling into a braided bread?

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

Done!

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread
Serves 14
Bring the sweet gingerbread flavor of speculoos to your breakfast or brunch with this cookie butter braided bread.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
2 hr
159 calories
19 g
17 g
8 g
3 g
4 g
52 g
171 g
2 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
52g
Servings
14
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 171mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 19g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon yeast
  2. 1 cup warm water or milk
  3. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  4. 1 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use an extra cup of all purpose)
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 tablespoon sugar
  7. 1/2 cup Speculoos cookie butter
  8. 1 tablespoon cornmeal for dusting
  9. optional 1 tablespoon oil for brushing bread or egg wash (egg beaten with 1 T water)
  10. optional 1/4 cup cinnamon chips or nuts
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, warm water (or milk) to about 110 F. Add yeast and sugar stirring to dissolve. Let sit for several minutes to activate.
  2. Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the water mixture and mix on low with a dough hook attachment. Turn speed up to medium, and knead dough for about 7 minutes, adding additional flour if too moist.
  3. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover bowl loosely with a wet dish towel, and then set in a warm place. The dough is ready when doubled in size - about an hour.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to form a rectangle, roughly 12 x 15”. Spread cookie butter in an even layer on the surface, leaving a ½ inch border of dough. You can heat the cookie butter in a microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds to make spreading easier. Roll tightly and place on a parchment-lined / silicon-lined baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cut the dough down the middle with a sharp knife or pizza cutter, leaving one end intact. Twist ends overtop each other, making sure to turn cut side toward the top. Let rest 15-20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. If desired, brush surface of the bread with oil or egg wash to aid browning. Bake bread for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
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calories
159
fat
8g
protein
3g
carbs
19g
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Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread, Served

Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread, Served

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20 thoughts on “Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread

  1. Ivy Sew

    Hi Inger, my goodness! This Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread of yours looks so gorgeous and delish! I can almost smell the sweet fragrant of the cookie butter and the freshly baked bread! Awesome! Great to have it with a cup of hot coffee in the morning. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards 🙂

    1. Inger

      It never quite took off at my house–at least until I tried it this way! Got those kids too trained to eat healthy I guess 😉

  2. Kathy

    Ooooo Inger…. love the use of the speculoos butter! I even have a jar in my pantry. Looks simply gorgeous!! Thanks for mentioning my blog! Have a great weekend!

  3. Louise

    I never got on the Speculoos band wagon, Inger. I’m not quite sure why because I often see it at Trader Joe’s. If I could bake a bread like that, I sure would be one happy girl! (or I could be invited over for breakfast too:)

    How gorgeous is that bread, Inger. Speculously Spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing, Inger…A taste would be nice too, lol…

    1. Inger

      You should try it Geraldine. I thought there was a lot of result for the effort involved and my mom (who was visiting) keeps talking about wanting to come over when I make it again.

  4. gloria

    Inger I love this lookamazing.
    And here in a super I find they have speculoos and have some recipes.
    Your bread look amazing I will save this recipe really lovely Inger!

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