Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Do not even ask me why I suddenly got the hankering to make homemade nutter butters. A) I haven’t had a storebought nutter butter cookie in well over 10 years, B) I’m not super keen on cookies without chocolate and C) I don’t have a peanut shaped cookie cutter (hence the circle nutter butters).

But hankering, I got. I think the seed may have been planted when my 7-year old got a package of nutter butters after his last soccer game and while he was oohing and aahing while shoving them in his mouth (the poor, sheltered child had no idea what they were and had never tasted one before), I had this strong, inner desire to make homemade nutter butters so tasty, so fantastic, he’d never ooh and aah over another storebought, cardboard-tasting nutter butter again.

I have issues. I know.

Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

It took some tweaking and several batches, but happily, a recipe for stellar nutter butter cookies wasn’t too terribly difficult. I didn’t want a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie but neither did I want a dry, crackly cookie. Somewhere in the middle. While I usually don’t use specialty ingredients, this recipe does call for rice flour. If you can find it, I highly recommend using it (I ground some jasmine rice from my pantry through my wheat grinder but I’ve seen this in the baking aisle by other specialty flours). It lends a delightful and tender crispy-lightness to the cookies. If not, try them with all regular flour – they might be slightly heavier, but I have a feeling, they’ll still be terrific (alternately, you could definitely try using all rice flour to make a gluten-free version).

Sandwiched with just a smidgeon of creamy, peanut buttery filling, these homemade nutter butters are pretty darn yummy. My 7-year old, after tasting these, diplomatically declared: “I love all nutter butters equally!” but after catching him snitching two more illegally off the cooling rack, I’m declaring this a point in favor of homemade nutter butters all the way.

My version has cookies slightly thicker and just a tad chewier than the originals and of course the flavor is a bit fresher and the shape isn’t at all authentic – so do they taste exactly like storebought nutter butters? Probably not, but that was kind of the point. (And just so I don’t get any hate mail from lovers of nutter butters in the red package, keep in mind that in the life of this blog, I’ll probably try to make a homemade version of just about everything so don’t take it personally.)

Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

I threw a Halloween spin onto several of them by drizzling almond bark across (just swishing it across with a fork like in this video) and planting two mini chocolate chips for eyes. When the kids exclaimed: “Wow! Mummies! Cool!” I decided not to divulge how simple it was to create those wow, cool, mummies.

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Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Yield: Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies

Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

I used no-stir natural peanut butter for both the cookies and the filling; I'm guessing regular creamy peanut butter will work, too, and I think you could also experiment with chunky peanut butter.

Also, I know rice flour is a bit of a specialty ingredient but it definitely adds a wonderful light, crispiness to the cookies. Truly delightful. I ground some jasmine rice from my pantry through my wheat grinder and used that, but you should be able to find rice flour in most grocery stores with a good gluten-free or alternative flour section (I've seen it sometimes above the flour in the baking section). If worse comes to worse, I think the cookies would still be yummy with all flour (measure with a light hand so they aren't dry and dense!) and conversely, I bet all rice flour would be fabulous, too, and would help them convert more easily to be gluten-free.

Finally, yes, you could definitely cut them out in the traditional peanut shape but I was too lazy and they tasted just as delicious as circles.

Ingredients

    Cookies:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (4.75 ounces) - see note above
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (5 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar (5 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose four (5 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour (7 1/2 ounces) - see note above
  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (about 7 ounces) - see note above
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (6 ounces)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1/3-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

Directions

  1. In a large bowl (or in the bowl of an electric stand mixer), mix together the butter, peanut butter, granulated and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix for another 2-3 minutes until the batter is light and creamy.
  3. Stir in the soda, salt, flour and rice flour until well-combined. Chill the dough for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line one or two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. Set aside.
  5. Portion the dough into balls about 1/2 ounce each (a couple tablespoons of dough per ball). Space them a couple inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and using a fork, make a criss-cross pattern in the top, flattening the balls to about 1/4-inch thick or less while doing so.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
  7. For the filling, stir together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt until smooth and well-combined. Gradually stir in the cream or milk until a soft, spreadable but sturdy texture is reached (you don't want it runny). Stir in the graham cracker crumbs.
  8. Spread a teaspoon or so of filling on the bottom side of half the cookies and top with the unfilled cookies (so bottom halves are sandwiching the filling).
  9. For mummy style: melt white almond bark until smooth and runny. Using a fork (a video demonstration of this method is here), drizzle the almond bark across the top of the cookies to mimic the lines of a mummy. Immediately press two mini chocolate chips into the soft almond bark for eyes. Let the cookies set for a few minutes until the almond bark hardens.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/homemade-nutter-butter-cookies/

Recipe Source: inspired by this recipe and this recipe

27 Responses to Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies {Simple Halloween Mummy Variation}

  1. Cyndi B says:

    Ooh these look good. I can hardly wait for your kids to try oreos,twix bars,twinkies, and all of my other childhood favorites. HaHa. Seriously, these cookies look really good. Thanks Mel

    • Mel says:

      Cyndi – trust, you me, they’ve tried lots of other treats like that, but for some reason nutter butters hadn’t made it down their gullets yet. 🙂

  2. Kim in MD says:

    Yum! The mummy cookie is adorable, Mel!

  3. Amanda says:

    These look so good, love nutter butters! 🙂 The mummy is so cute 🙂

  4. Teresa says:

    I love this cookie, especially the mummy version. Wow, graham crackers in the filling–that surprised me, but sounds delicious. You are the best mom (and blogger)!!!

  5. Cammee says:

    The story is just as good as the recipe!

  6. Jane says:

    I know I’m in a tiny minority, but I don’t like peanut butter. Don’t hate it, but I don’t like it well not enough to make something flavored with it. I make my own nut butters – almond, pecan, cashew and macadamia nut.

    This recipe seems like a good way to adapt Nutter Butters for a non-peanut lover.

    Thanks.

  7. Britt-Marie says:

    Now I’ve got a hankering for nutter butters too. haha

  8. Diane says:

    If any of your readers have a Winco Foods nearby, in the bulk section they have rice flour, both white and brown types.

  9. I love nut butter so this is RIGHT up my street Mel! 🙂

  10. I must be sheltered. I have never had a nutter butter cookies. BUT these look wonderful. I bake a lot of cookies. So I will have to give these a whirl. About the only store bought cookie that I eat once in a blue moon are Oreos and some short bread cookies.

  11. Alicia says:

    These look perfect for my kids to take to a cousin sleepover this weekend! Just a note, though…make sure your graham crackers are gluten free if you are going the gluten free route.

  12. Julie says:

    These look fantastic, yum! As an aside (and for nutter butter purists), I saw someone else’s adaptation of a nutter butter and she just pinched the flattened circles in the middle before baking so that they would turn out sort of peanut shaped! I love the addition of graham cracker crumbs to your filling!

  13. These look amazing, I love peanut butter cookies, so sandwiching them with more peanut butter just makes sense! And your mummies are adorable, I love them!

  14. JC says:

    I’m so excited to make these!

    2 questions: When you say natural peanut butter, do you mean the kind that has no sugar added? And, did you use brown or white rice (I make all your cookies with whole wheat flour and people still always ask for the recipe:)) I’m wanting to use whole grain, but wonder if you think it would taste weird (I’ve never used rice flour in anything).

    • Mel says:

      JC – yes, I used a natural peanut butter with only peanuts (it is a no-stir kind so there isn’t a layer of oil at the top). I used white rice but actually, I think brown rice would work just great, too.

  15. bjahlstrom says:

    I would just like to say that I think you are brilliant. I have tried so many recipes from your blog, and all of your ideas are so great. Thank you so much!

  16. These look and sounds amazing Mel! We can’t get nutter butter cookies in Oz so I must make these at home. I know I would love them!

  17. Marie says:

    It’s been so fun to have a new blog post from you almost every day for the past two weeks! I always look forward to a new recipe from you, so getting them more often has been a treat. Thank you!

  18. Holly says:

    Perfect timing! I was just perusing food blogs looking for something to make to take to work on Monday and it will have to be these cookies!

    • Holly says:

      Mel – the yield says 4-5 dozen cookies. Is that 4-5 doz sandwiches, or individual cookies?
      I only got as far as making the dough today – ended up not having time to bake them, so I tossed the dough in the freezer for another day. 🙂

      • Mel says:

        That’s the yield for the sandwich cookies after they are assembled – I made them pretty small so if you make them larger, obviously it will yield less.

        • Holly says:

          Thanks! i think it was the ‘couple of tablespoons of dough per ball’ that made me wonder. I’ll go by weight for a few so that I get the right size. 🙂

  19. Jane says:

    Mel, These look great. I wish my grandchildren were close enough to make them together but I’m going to take this recipe with me next time I go to New Jersey to see them. Maybe I’ll make a batch and take some to the little boys who live in the condo upstairs – and decorate them like mummies – they might get a kick out of them. You come up with the best ideas. Your blog is one of my favorites and I read tons of cooking blogs. I’ve thought about blogging but so far I’m just too lazy! LOL

  20. Barbara Ostergaard says:

    The rice flour flavor was very noticeable to me, and I didn’t love that, but it did give a nice texture, and my son and husband seemed to really like the flavor and everything about them. So that’s good, I can make a treat for them that doesn’t tempt me to eat them all.

  21. Stacie says:

    So I made these today and am a bit disappointed. The recipe says to use a couple tbs dough for each cookie but that seemed huge! So I used less and they still seemed big. The cookies aren’t as flavorful as I’d like either. Super sad… but they’ll still get eaten! Especially with a tall glass of milk.

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