Katrina Bahl is having a ball. This mother of two has her own blog, a “girly space” where she shares her love of desserts that are as pretty as they are palate pleasing. She’s also the author of The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook, a celebration of the deliciousness and versatility of Europe’s favorite cookies and spreads, each one peanut-free, GMO free and vegan.
We asked Katrina a few questions about her bountiful love of Biscoff, and she shared some sweet insights into this beloved treat. Make sure you read to the end, where she graciously offers one of her favorite recipes with us: Biscoff S’mores
World Market: When did you first discover Biscoff Cookies and Cookie Butter?
Katrina: Our family first discovered Biscoff Cookie Butter as an alternative to peanut butter when our son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. The good news is that Biscoff Cookie Butter isn’t just for the person with peanut allergies! When I first brought Biscoff into our home, I had to do some convincing to get my husband to try this alternative to peanut butter that I was eating by the spoonful. One bite was all it took, and he became just as addicted as the rest of us. In fact, it’s fair to say he’s now the biggest Biscoff fan in our home, constantly raiding the cupboards in search of the next open jar. Every spoonful of the sweet, caramelized cookie butter tempts you to enjoy another bite. Biscoff Cookies and Cookie Butter lend the perfect flavor to your favorite desserts and sweet treats.
WM: What are some other things you bring with you when your family goes camping? What’s in the cooler for easy snacks, meals and refreshments? Where do you usually camp?
Katrina: Our family enjoys camping together at Ohio state parks. We have to be sure to grab reservations well in advance for our favorite camping sites! We keep traditional camp foods on hand such as hot dogs and s’mores, but our favorite meal together is definitely breakfast. We have a small griddle to cook up pancakes, hash browns and scrambled eggs. I’ll usually add a mug of hot coffee and some fresh fruit to fuel us up for a day full of hiking, cycling and kayaking. Our children like to make a snack mix as well with cereals, dried fruits and even a few small candies.
WM: You created a whole book of recipes using Biscoff Cookies and Cookie Butter. In a couple of sentences, describe what the ideation process was like. Who was taste testing the recipes? How did you keep each recipe unique?
Katrina: The Biscoff Cookie and Spread Cookbook came about as a desire to adapt our favorite family recipes to be safe for our whole family to enjoy together. As I tested and retested recipes we passed along treats to our neighbors, friends, coworkers, school teachers, and even the kids’ bus driver! I also had a few blogging peers test the recipes in their kitchens and provide feedback. They were so helpful in finalizing the recipes, and I am thrilled to be able to share them with all of you!
Bonus Recipe for Biscoff Cookie S’mores below!
Recipe: Yields 4 servings