Biscoff Cookies Can Add Crunchy Texture To Smooth Cheesecakes

You would be hard-pressed to find any variation of cheesecake unappealing. Strawberry cheesecake is a classic. Chocolate cheesecake is downright scrumptious. A peanut butter and bacon cheesecake offers the perfect mix of sweet and savory. However, one thing most cheesecakes have in common is their smooth, creamy texture. Even with a traditional graham cracker crumble crust, these delectable desserts may feel too mono-textured for your palate. So, to liven up your next cheesecake — and get some much-needed crunch — try grabbing Biscoff cookies and tossing them into the crust mixture.

For those unfamiliar with this type of cookie, Belgium's Lotus Bakeries have been making Biscoff cookies — or speculoos, as they are known in Europe — since the '30s. This uniquely caramelized biscuit has hints of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, which pairs perfectly with coffee. This is where the name Biscoff originates; it's a portmanteau of "biscuit" and "coffee." Using these sweet cookies in your favorite cheesecake recipe will add a pleasant crunch to the outside of your cake and a unique taste that complements its velvety center.

Ways to use Biscoff cookies in a cheesecake

Biscoff cookies can be used in numerous ways to amp up a standard cheesecake recipe. After you crumble up the biscuits, follow the traditional method to transform them into a deliciously buttery crust that acts as the base of your creation. Blend a combination of Biscoff biscuits and butter to make a cookie crumble, which gets pressed into the bottom of a springform pan to become the foundation of your cake. 

You can utilize Biscoff cookie butter further by blending it with cream cheese to create your cheesecake's creamy filling. Biscoff cookie butter is made by blending and creaming the cookies, which can be done yourself. Or, if you don't want to put in extra work, you can purchase this ingredient at your local grocery store. Not only does the smooth cookie butter mix perfectly into cream cheese, but it also adds a unique dose of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg throughout the cheesecake. 

To add a unique crunch to your smooth dessert, consider placing a layer of Biscoff cookies around the outside of your cake. Standing them upright creates a perfectly crunchy border, which will be a welcome change to the mouthfeel of this delectable dish. For more contrast — and to bring in a visually stimulating aspect — crumble some Biscoff cookies on top of the finished cheesecake for a decorative touch that imparts an extra dose of crunchy texture.