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cookie butter on the end of a knife with cashews and pecans with text that reads make your own cookie butter square image

Cookie Butter

  • Author: Whitney Carlson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x


  • 1.5 cups whole cashews (can be more or less, just ensure you have 3 cups total)
  • 1.5 cups whole pecans (can be more or less, just ensure you have 3 cups total)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp oil (we used an oil blend that contained red palm oil but other oils should work as well)


  1. Roast the nuts:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place nuts on baking sheet, careful not to overlap. Bake for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, shake the nuts and bake for another 2-4 minutes, checking often to avoid burning. Note: these will burn easily so do not leave them unattended! After roasting the nuts let them completely cool.

2. After the nuts have cooled completely, add them the Vitamix
3. Using these directions (adapted from Blender Lady), process your nut butter:

  • Turn your Vitamix on high. The nuts will turn into a powder (and fluff up a bit). As soon as the mix is not “fluffing up” anymore, and the powder is starting to fall into the middle (this only takes seconds) begin to use your tamper LIBERALLY. Push the tamper into each corner, going from corner to corner, over and over.
    • In the beginning, keep the tamper in the corners and do not push down in the middle or the motor can overheat.
  • Slowly you will see the nut butter forming at the bottom of the container and working its way up. When there is very little or no powder left, but it still isn’t creamy smooth, try to plug up the air pocket by plunging the tamper down into the middle, and holding it down in there. IF you get it right, you will hear a sudden, low growl. If you keep the tamper all of the way down into the container, in the middle, and let it growl for about 5-10 seconds at the most, you should get a really creamy, smooth nut butter.
    • This advice is exactly the opposite of what was stated earlier about keeping the tamper out of the middle, but it is something only done right at the end – after all of the powder is gone and only for about 10 seconds MAX in order to get the nut butter REALLY smooth and creamy. If you are concerned about the “low growl” sound, here is a helpful post to put your mind at ease.

4. Add oil, maple syrup, and sea salt and blend for a few more seconds.
5. Once your nut butter is finished you can taste test to see if anything else is needed to suit your taste buds. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American