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Peanut Butter & Cookie Butter Stuffed Mochi


Peanut Butter Stuffed Mochi and Cookie Butter Stuffed Mochi (two different type)

I love foods that are stuffed with all things tasty, whether it’s manapua or malasadas, to whatever else. Well here we have today stuffed Mochi, one version filled with Peanut Butter, and another with an ingredient I’ve never tried before called Cookie Butter. Those of you Trader Joe’s fans probably know exactly what Cookie Butter is, as apparently it’s a product made and sold exclusively by them. This, according to Diner AA, who was so kind to bring a batch of these Stuffed Mochi she had just made fresh that morning for her former office gang here.

First let’s try the Peanut Butter Stuffed Mochi…


Peanut Butter Stuffed Mochi by Diner AA

And? Oishii! What’s great is that she didn’t make her Mochi too sweet, as that’s my biggest peeve with Mochi, is when it’s too sweet. Hers was sweetened to just the point that it accented the rice-based flavor of the glutenous mochi, without making it taste like candy “glue” if you will. Ya’ know? And texture-wise, it was perfect. Mochi just doesn’t get any more delicately glutenous and “pillowy” as this, where I’d swear this came from a veteran Mochi maker. As for the Peanut Butter complimenting the simply-flavored Mochi, YUM! Again, the Peanut Butter wasn’t too sweet either (I forgot to ask her what brand), while having just enough ground peanut “grit” to it.

Now let’s try Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Stuffed Mochi (prepared by Diner AA)…


Cookie Butter Stuffed Mochi by Diner AA

Another one…

And? AWESOME!

So what exactly is Cookie Butter? Well, upon a quick search, here’s the deal:

TRADER JOE’S SPECULOOS COOKIE BUTTER
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (15g)
Nutrition facts: 90 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 8g total carbs, 0g fiber, 5g sugar,

INGREDIENTS: 57% SPECULOOS (WHEAT FLOUR, CANDY SUGAR, MARGARINE [PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, COCONUT OIL, RAPESEED OIL, WATER, SALT, EMULSIFIER {VEGETABLE MONO-AND DIGLYCERIDES FROM FATTY ACIDS}, CITRIC ACID, ALCTIC ACID, COLOR ADDED {BETA CAROTENE}, BUTTERFLAVOR (NON-DAIRY)], SUGAR, SOY FLOUR, SUGAR SYRUP, RAISING AGENT {SODIUM HYDROGEN CARBONATE}, CINNAMON, NUTMEG), PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, SUGAR, EMULSIFIER: RAPESEED LECITHIN.

As Briana at BlissTree.com explains, Cookie Butter is essentially a paste made of crushed biscuit cookies and oil. Some describe it as eating a liquified Gingerbread House, which I kinda’ get, being the cinnamon and nutmeg flavor is quite pronounced, while also having a hint of molasses as its core flavor profile. Another way I’d describe it is like this, “Hey, you got your Gingerbread cookie in my butter” “Hey you got your butter in my Gingerbread cookie”. lol I’d also say it comes across a little like eating raw cookie dough, but without that raw flour taste. If you ever baked cookies, surely you’ve licked the raw cookie dough off the mixing spoon. Been there, done that!

The label describes Speculoos Cookie Butter as “A deliciously unusual spread reminiscent of Gingerbread and made with crushed biscuits”. Its suggested use is as a spread on bread or waffles. Well, now add Mochi stuffing to the list!

So imagine a semi-liquified, buttery gingerbread cookie, encased by lightly sweetened, delicately glutenous ‘n super soft mochi, and that’s pretty much what you have with this Cookie Butter Stuffed Mochi. And it’s super delish!

If they don’t have it already, Trader Joe’s should make a Chocolate-covered Cookie Butter candy bar. Sounds yummers to me!

If I may, other east-meets-west Mochi stuffings to suggest would be chantilly, caramel, Nutella, or how about a chocolate candy bar?! Something like say Almond Joy for that coconutty Mochi “thang”, or a Snicker Bar! Slighty heat the mochi after its stuffed so that the chocolate bar ingredients get all ooey-gooey good inside. Yes!

Again, mahalo to Diner AA for bringing us more of your wonderful baked goods. Always appreciated by our tummies!

Coming next, some very fancy Macaroons hand-carried by special delivery from a famous chef out of San Francisco. Whooh!

34 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Cookie Butter Stuffed Mochi

  • September 19, 2013 at 10:10 am
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    Pomai, readers know for some time you not a mochi person. So to write you like it is sure a shock to all. I like mochi since a kid so this recipe is must have.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 10:45 am
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      Amy,

      Glad you mentioned that. If the mochi is super fresh and made properly (super soft and delicately glutenous) like these were, I like it. But if it’s the kind that’s been sitting on the store shelf, made commercially, usually, no, I don’t. Also, if it’s plain, with no interesting additional flavorings or filling, even if fresh, no I don’t. Yet with these unusual fillings, winnah! ;-)

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  • September 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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    Hi, Pomai: I think Trader Joe’s does have a candy bar – chocolate with speculoos filling. I didn’t try it but must taste good.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm
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    Woohoo happy to be back on tasty island. I always love reading ur blog. The type of PB I used was Laura Scudders. And I’ve made a Nutella stuffed mochi for my sister who is obsessed with Nutella! ;)

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  • September 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm
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    theres also a crunchy version of it as well that i prefer. gotta stock up on em as its made in europe in big batches so once they sell out it takes a while to restock. some online places have private sellers selling for ~$13 per jar!

    theres also an alternative they have at my work that i bought but haven’t tried yet:
    http://www.amazon.com/Biscoff-Spread-14-1oz-Pack-2/dp/B004QKPCYE

    we only have creamy though, not the crunchy version :{

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  • September 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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    Pomai, Jiff make a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella and is great for this recipe also. There also Ovatine chunchy style spread but sold in Asia.

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  • September 20, 2013 at 6:25 am
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    @ Steph – ah. Without bustin’ out my “Google-Fu”, I had a feeling Cookie Butter Candy Bar existed. Never fails, when you THINK you’ve thought of an idea first, someone’s probably has already beaten you to it. Still, I thought of it first. They just made it without me knowing about it. lol

    @ Diner AA – Hi you! Mahalo for stopping by with the 411 on the Laura Scudders Peanut Butter. You know what’s funny is, I’ve NEVER EVER tried Nutella. I know, slap me, but hey, it’s true. Which is ironic, being I’m a huge Hazelnut filling/spread/anything fan. Go figure. Thanks again for the onolicious super fresh-made Mochi! I suppose your encore when you visit us again will be Nutella Stuffed Mochi! Or ANYTHING baked with Nutella in or on it!

    @ adri – I’m thinking the crunchy version would probably be even better in the mochi for the texture contrast. I’m all about contrast when it comes to food and life in general. Still, the smooth Cookie Butter version Diner AA made for us was fantastic!

    @ Aaron – You know what’s funny is, I always thought of Jiff Peanut Butter as the “other brand” to Skippy. Not quite Best Foods Mayonnaise to Miracle Whip, but more like Hawaiian Sun to Aloha Maid juice, if you know what I mean. When I hit the grocery store tomorrow I’ll look for this Jiff Hazelnut Spread you’re talking about. I take it, it will be cheaper, ounce-for-ounce, compared to Nutella, being it sounds like they’re “knocking off” Nutella.

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  • September 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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    Pomai, peanut butter has gone up scale now. Planters came out with their own line of peanut butter with granola and rasians and dried cramberry and chocolate chip in selected type you like. Call Nutrition energy mix. But only problem is cost about 4 to5 dollar a bottle. I see anyone can mix it themselves with whatever they like. I like to use crush peanut butter cookies and granola and rasian in my spread.

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    • September 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm
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      Kelike,

      Then there’s Safeway’s Nut Butter Bar, where you can mix ‘n match all kinds of different nuts and grind them in this special machine into your very own custom nut butter, right there on the spot. At least, the Kapahulu store has that. Not sure about the other locations.

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      • September 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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        Pomai, that wonderful I do not need Traders Joes cookie butter till later. Will head to Kapahulu Safeway to grind some nut butter for me.

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          • September 22, 2013 at 7:46 am
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            Pomai, my cousins in San Francisco told me there is a shortage of Cookie Butter in Traders Joes for customers been buying a large amount of it to send to back to Asia and reselling it on Amazon and Ebay. Like cronut craze. Only way to see clerk and order so much ahead and pick up monent products is in.
            It really is a hot item now.

          • September 26, 2013 at 12:45 am
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            Pomai, now you done it. I try making my own cookie butter with Danish butter cookies and some veg oil and water and see it turn out so good. I do not like ginger snap cookie taste from TJ and other brand so making my own with cookies I like is better. It so easy and low cost.
            Thank for the recipe.

  • September 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm
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    Pomai,
    Specoloos is very interesting and tasty! There is a food truck in NYC called Wafels and Dinges…they specialize in fresh Belgian waffles made traditional way…chewy and dense. They have many toppings but the Speculoos and whipped cream is a simple and all-around favorite. Mmmmm. The mochi looks so yummy. Fresh mochi is also so much better than the premade ones.

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  • September 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm
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    By coincidence, my wife’s aunty just came to Maui today from San Diego and brought us a jar of Trader Joes’ Speculoos Cookie Butter. When my in-laws were on the mainland a couple of months ago, they went to a few TJ’s but they were all sold out. But one of the workers there told them to buy the Biscoff spread (as linked by adri above) since it’s very similar. My wife and I love Biscoff cookies, http://www.biscoff.com/ and the spread tastes exactly the same. My only complaint about the spread was that if you eat it with something dry (toast, crackers, etc.), the spread makes it taste even drier. I tried it on apple slices and since the apples were juicy, the spread didn’t make it taste drier.

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    • September 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm
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      David,

      I overheard someone say the Target stores on Oahu carry Biscoff. I’ll try calling them tomorrow to confirm that.

      Interesting how it makes crackers and toast seem drier than without it. Must have some absorbent effect on the palate. TJ’s Cookie Butter TOTALLY worked with the super-soft and delicately glutenous Mochi “wrapper” in this example, that’s for sure!

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  • September 25, 2013 at 9:48 am
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    David,

    Hardee-har-har-har!!!!! I just got off the phone with the operator at Target’s Salt Lake location (Oahu, near Aloha Stadium), asking her who I can speak with about a “certain grocery product”, that being my initial query. And you know what her immediate reply was? “Are you looking for Biscoff?”

    I was like, “How did you know that?!!!!!” To which she said she’s lately been getting phone inqueries for Biscoff EVERY DAY!!! What, are people suddenly looking for Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter knock-off locally? Seriously? Jeez Louise!

    So anyhow, she says Target Hawaii (Salt Lake and Kapolei on Oahu) is in fact currently the ONLY retailer that locally carries Biscoff, and they SELL OUT OF IT EVERY DAY. She says the only way you can get it, is to call in the morning and ask if they have more in. I asked why they don’t just bring in PALLETS of the stuff, to which she said there isn’t enough supply from the wholesaler for it, it’s THAT MUCH in demand. Nuts. I mean, it’s good, but really? I asked how close it tastes to TJ’s Cookie Butter, and she said it’s almost exactly the same. Some say it’s better, actually.

    It’s sold in your typical peanut butter sized glass jar for around $4 each. So good luck. Call your local Target in the morning and ask if they have Biscoff in stock, then SPEED to Target to grab your jar before some other Biscoff nutcase does. LOL!

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    • September 25, 2013 at 11:49 am
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      Pomai, have you try Walmart?

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    • September 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm
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      That’s awesome! I’ve seen a bunch of posts about it on Facebook, where my Hawaii friends have been able to get the TJ’s brand through friends on the mainland or when they’re visiting. When friends of those friends were wishing they could get their hands on it, I mentioned the Biscoff spread to them. Maybe my post went viral! Ha!

      There’s no Target here on Maui (yet) but there are a couple of Times (in Kihei and Honokowai).

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      • September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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        Oh yeah, and if you can find the cookies (I’ve seen them in Foodland), try them! I don’t drink coffee but I think they would go well with it. I had my first taste of Biscoff cookies when a client brought in a gift basket and there were the cookies in the assortment. Every time we get a gift basket, I make sure to check if there’s Biscoff cookies in it, and if there is, I grab them before anyone else has the chance to! =)

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      • September 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm
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        David,

        Speaking of Times Supermarket on Maui, as well as Foodland, I didn’t find their prices to be that much higher than our Oahu locations. This in reference to the ones in Kihei.

        Anyhow, I can now confirm that the Don Quijote Kaheka location (near Ala Moana and Waikiki) stocks Biscoff!…

        Biscoff at Don Quijote Kaheka Honolulu

        As you see there, Biscoff is currently a “Buyer’s Special” at Don Quijote for $5.99 per 14 oz. jar (made of plastic, not glass), regular $6.99. There was about a whole case worth stocked on the shelf, located of course where all the peanut butter and jelly products are merchandised.

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        • September 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm
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          So after dinner tonight, I did a taste test with the Biscoff spread and Trader Joe’s Speculoos spread. The Biscoff spread is smooth, while the Speculoos has little bits of cookie. Like I said in an earlier post, the Biscoff spread makes your mouth dry, kind of like when you eat peanut butter and it sticks to the roof of your mouth. The Speculoos didn’t seem to have that same effect. The Biscoff spread also tastes a little sweeter. I think I prefer the Biscoff spread over the Speculoos spread.

          FYI…the Biscoff spread is a product of Belgium and the Speculoos spread is a product of the Netherlands.

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          • September 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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            David,

            Mahalo for the results on your Biscoff vs. Speculoos taste-off! Saves me the hassle of doing it myself, which I was about to do and blog it. I’m curious why the Biscoff has a mouth-drying effect, while TJ’s Cookie Butter doesn’t. You should try eating some Biscoff Cookies to see if that’s the culprit.

            And then my next question would be, if you were to spread Biscoff on Biscoff cookies, would your mouth be double as dry, and flavor double as sweet? Hmmm….

          • September 30, 2013 at 11:28 am
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            Yesterday, I decided to eat just the Speculoos spread by itself and it was mighty tasty. So now I’m wavering between the two. How about we just say I like them both!

            The next time I get the Biscoff cookie, I’ll put some spread on it and let you know. =)

    • October 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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      Owner at M. Matoi Hair Studio brings in Biscoff biscuits. Check them out at 725 Kapiolani Blvd., 2nd floor.

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  • September 25, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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    @ Diner AA – I just called Times Supermarket, and they do stock Biscoff! I guess the operator at Target wasn’t aware of that. Times had Biscoff on sale last week for $3.99 for a 14 oz. jar. Regular price is around $4.50. Their customer service person did note that they’ve been selling out of it often lately, so like Target, you might wanna’ call first.

    I also called Foodland, and they said they used to carry Biscoff, but discontinued it. I couldn’t reach anyone at Longs, and haven’t tried the local Safeway stores yet.

    I’ll check Don Quijote when I go there tomorrow.

    @ Aaron – I don’t shop at Walmart. ;-)

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  • September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm
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    Pomai, there rumor going around that some bakeries are planning to make their own cookie butters. With this rage going everybody want cash in on it. If they do so I prefer my cookie butter butter cookie flavor.

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  • September 26, 2013 at 12:48 am
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    I heard in Asia now in cookie butter rage and making mooncakes with cookie butter fillings,
    I like to make mochi with it also.

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  • September 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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    FYI, the Longs Drugs on the corner of Bishop and Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu carries Biscoff. It’s marked at $5.79 regular retail price.

    I also checked the Longs in Ala Moana Center, and they didn’t have it, probably because that store is small, and also the demographic there (mainly tourists).

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  • September 30, 2013 at 11:43 am
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    David,

    Diner E brought a couple packages of Biscoff Cookies to work this morning. He got them on sale, two for $5 at Walgreens.

    My assessment? They taste like the ULTIMATE GINGERBREAD COOKIE. Absolutely delicious! Addicting, really. If nobody stopped me, I’d probably eat the whole package in one sitting. They’re very crispy and rather dense (not porous), taste somewhat rich, but not overbearing, being there’s oil, but no butter in it. The ingredients say there’s cinnamon, but no nutmeg, unlike Speculoose Cookie Butter, which says it also has nutmeg in it.

    I swear if I had a food processor and some oil on me right now, I’d throw some of those Biscoff cookies in there and try and make my own Biscoff spread.

    I don’t see the logic of spreading Biscoff spread on Biscoff cookies. Isn’t that redundant? I’d definitely like to try it on some Belgian Waffles, along with a heap of butter. Woooooh!

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    • October 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm
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      Glad you got to try the cookies and that you enjoyed them! Maybe the difference between Biscoff and Speculoos is cinnamon vs nutmeg? I’ll have to go home and look at the labels again.

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      • October 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm
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        David,

        It’s weird. Suddenly and recently (at least seemingly) every store I’ve gone to or called up and asked about Biscoff, there’s like this uncanny trendy new hype and overall demand for and all about it. What’s going on?!!!

        While a critical flavor component is Cinnamon, Good point noting the lack of Nutmeg in Biscoff, unlike Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, which as BOTH. Add some Nutmeg back in so it tastes like Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter? Talk about flattery of impersonation, REVERSED. Ha!

        Hopefully I can find a store here locally that also carries the crunchy version of Biscoff Spread, being I’m a huge fan of contrast when it comes to ingredient pairings.

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