Is Cookie Butter the New Pumpkin Spice?

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In our new series, Typing With Our Mouths Full, food editor Lesley Bargar Suter and associate editor Josh Scherer sit down at lunch to chat about a pressing (or not-so-pressing) food issue. Since we eat in front of our computers on the days we aren’t dining out, the conversations are typed frantically over IM, and our keyboards are now stained with sriracha and taco drippings. 

Joshua Scherer says: (1:38:37 PM)
Coffee Bean just dropped a cookie butter latte

I think they’re trying to make it the new pumpkin spice

Which is gross, because cookie butter is a horrifying concept

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:39:14 PM)
Wait, like speculoos?

Who hates speculoos?

Joshua Scherer says: (1:40:47 PM)
Speculoos are great

Speculoos blended with a bunch of vegetable oil and put in a jar is gross

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:41:30 PM)
But you can take a cookie and dip it INTO another cookie!

How is that bad?

Joshua Scherer says: (1:42:13 PM)
Meh, you just need to draw a line somewhere

Break it down too. Would you dip cookies into a bunch of Crisco and put them in your mouth?

Because it’s literally the same thing

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:43:00 PM)
I can’t agree with your ridiculous objections to cookie butter as a thing, but a cookie butter latte is questionable

Joshua Scherer says: (1:43:29 PM)
It almost makes me appreciate pumpkin spice more because it seems so reasonable by comparison

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:43:29 PM)
Are they actually putting speculoos into the drink?

Or is it just a buncha cinnamon and sugar?

Joshua Scherer says: (1:44:18 PM)
Yeah there’s actual pulverized gingerbread in there

“Premium espresso, brown sugar and gingerbread, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar” so sayeth the press release

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:45:56 PM)
I have a feeling this tastes remarkably like a pumpkin spice latte

In both cases the key flavorizers are cinnamon and nutmeg

But I’m all for getting away from the illusion that pumpkin plays any role in pumpkin spice

It’s just spice. So in this case, cookie butter is actually more on point

Joshua Scherer says: (1:46:43 PM)
But in this case, cookie butter is also just spice

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:46:51 PM)

Leave pumpkin out of it

Joshua Scherer says: (1:48:08 PM)
But there was never any pumpkin!

This is confusing

Just gonna keep drinking black coffee

Lesley Bargar Suter says: (1:49:49 PM)
I’m going to start drinking Nespresso, because George Clooney told me to!