Soft peanut butter cookies filled with luscious peanut butter cream — these Homemade Nutter Butter cookies are even better than the original!
Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies
Nutter Butter cookies are one of my favorite guilty pleasures — but I had no idea they were so easy to make yourself at home!
And like pretty much anything else, homemade tastes sooo much better!
Of course, since we made our copycat Nutter Butter cookies by hand, they’re not all perfect looking, but let me tell you, the flavor is off the charts!!
What is in a Nutter Butter?
Nutter Butters are the ultimate peanut butter cookie — a delicious crunchy peanut butter sandwich cookie! Our homemade version is even bigger than the original, with thick, chewy peanut butter cookies and a double-stuffed layer of peanut butter filling!
Here’s the full breakdown:
First we took two super-soft homemade peanut butter cookies. We spread a generous layer of decadent peanut butter cream on the bottom cookie. Side note: I could eat this peanut butter cream straight out of the bowl…it’s amazing!!!
Then we put the second cookie on top of it all to make a big ‘ol peanut butter sandwich!
Peanut butter on top of peanut butter on top of peanut butter! It’s heavenly!!
Honestly, I like the homemade version better than the store-bought cookies!
(But I just have to say that I still do love the original Nutter Butters! We’ve actually used them to decorate for a few special occasions, like our Football Player Nutter Butters and our Nutter Butter Chicks for Easter).
Are Nutter Butters Healthy?
Let’s be real here…Nutter Butters are a treat!
However, that being said, our home made Nutter Butter cookies are healthier than the store bought kind because they are made with simple ingredients and you know exactly what’s in them.
And if you want a little bonus, peanut butter does have protein!
Related: For a low carb peanut butter cookie, try our Keto Peanut Butter Cookies recipe!
How Do You Make Peanut Butter Cookies from Scratch?
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The following photos show how we formed the cookies. The full printable recipe is below the photos.
Start with 1″ balls of dough:
Next, we rolled the cookie balls into log shapes and dunked them in a large bowl of sugar, so that the entire surface was coated.
Finally, we pressed the cookie dough logs flat with a fork and pinched the middle to made a copycat Nutter Butter shape.
After baking, we spread a generous spoonful of peanut butter cream onto half of the cookies, and pressed another cookie on top to make cookie sandwiches.
Can You Make Nutter Butters Gluten Free?
Absolutely! Simply substitute all-purpose gluten free flour in place of regular flour in our recipe.
Everything else in the recipe is naturally gluten free, though you may want to double-check labels to ensure that there is no cross-contamination.
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Home Made Nutter Butter Recipe (Printable Copy)
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Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar to roll the dough in
Peanut Butter Filling:
- 1/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter softened
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Pour 1/2 cup of sugar into a small bowl and set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.
- Using a standing mixer or electric hand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and peanut butter.
- Add the egg and vanilla and continue mixing.
- Gradually pour bowl of dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Divide dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter each.
- Form each ball into a log shape, then roll in sugar.
- Place logs on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Using the tines of a fork, make a criss-cross pattern in your dough logs, then pinch the middle of the cookie to make a peanut shape.
- Bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges, but still soft in center.
- Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the peanut butter filling.
- Using a standing mixer, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy.
- Mix in peanut butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract.
- Gradually mix in the remaining powdered sugar until smooth.
- Group your baked cookies into pairs, then spoon 1 Tablespoon of filling on the bottom cookie for each pair.
- Place a second cookie onto the top of the filling to create a sandwich.
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