In the middle of a very busy day filled with bad news, I needed something fun...so I dropped everything and made Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse. It was either that or take drugs or drink or buy a one-way ticket...none of those ideas really seemed like good options but mousse is always a good choice. I made mousse. Not only did I make mousse, but I made and served it to my friends, without tasting the final product...oh, I tasted the mousse, amazing. I tasted the whipped cream, divine. But I didn't taste the pretzel topping because I know what pretzels taste like and I wanted to save that "bite" for when I could sit and savor it all. My friends arrived, I served them the mousse, explained how it was made with Cookie Butter/Speculoos and told them how wonderful it was and as we all grabbed a spoon, my friend Julie said, "What is that I'm tasting, garlic?" GARLIC?!?!?! What the #&#! There is NO garlic in the recipe...and then I realized what I had done...I grabbed the bag of Everything Pretzels...the ones covered with sesame seeds, onion, black pepper and GARLIC!!! Godfrey!!! It was, in a word, disgusting.
The minute my friends left I threw out the mousse, which no one ate. Then I set about making Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse with Butter Pretzels. I tasted every step along the way...salivating at the sweet/salty combination that I so dearly love and I'm quite certain has curative properties. Because I felt cured. After I had finished making my 2nd batch, I sat down, put my feet up and slowly ate and enjoyed every bite...practically licked the glass...and then I wrapped up those babies and delivered them to my friends so they would know what Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse was supposed to taste like!!!
Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse is unique and rather addictive...as in, make a double batch, you'll want seconds. It's unique because it's made with Cookie Butter, also called Speculoos, which looks just like peanut butter, but instead of being made from peanuts, it's made from thin, very crunchy, caramelized Dutch/Belgian cookies. Trader Joe's carries a really great tasting one and you can find Speculoos at most upscale grocery stores, or Amazon. This dessert is quick and easy to make, takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, which, when you think about it is pretty amazing - 30 minutes to have a dessert that people will rave about...as long as you don't put garlic in it! I made my 3rd batch of this mousse for a baby shower I hosted for a friend's daughter. Smooth, sweet, crunchy, salty, buttery, creamy...seriously, it's got it all goin' on! I'll give it a solid 5 on the Ol' Dang Meter, this one is dang, dang, dang, dang, dang good!
Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse - Adapted From Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon