Thursday, August 19, 2010

Homemade (chocolate-filled) Nutter Butters

 
After making Frosted Animal Cookies, I guess I had store-bought cookies on the brain.  I had Nutter Butter Brain.  There was no stopping it.

But these are BETTER than Nutter Butters.  These are thick, soft, homemade Nutter Butters topped with peanut butter royal icing (!) and filled with chocolate ganache.  Oh yeah, babe.

First, you'll need the peanut butter cookies.  These are peanut butter roll-out cookies slightly modified from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion. Roll them out a bit thinner than you would a regular sugar cookies for decorating since you'll be putting 2 together.

I used my bikini top cutter for the peanut. :)
Next, you'll need peanut butter royal icing.  I had heard royal icing goes wonky if mixed with fat, but I threw caution to the wind and added 4 TBSP of peanut butter to my finished royal icing.  (I also added some brown AmeriColor food coloring.)  The icing *did* deflate and would not form a stiff peak again, but it was thick enough for piping.  It even dried smooth and shiny.

Would I cover an entire cookie with it?  No.  It did crack in places, like here:

Next up, my old friend, chocolate ganache.  Make it, let it set up a bit and pipe or spread it between two cookies.
{Or just eat it by the spoonful, I won't tell.}


Peanut Butter Roll-Out Cookies
{modified from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion}

1/2 c. unsalted butter
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural)
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/4 c. sour cream
3 TBSP cornstarch
3 c. flour

In a large bowl, beat the butter through vanilla until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and beat until combined.

Add half the sour cream, all of the cornstarch and half of the flour; beat well.  Add the remaining sour cream and flour, mixing just until combined.

Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten into a disc.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Roll the dough on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin and cut with a cookie cutter dipped in flour. (got flour? :))  Place the cut cookies on prepared sheets and pop in the freezer for 5 minutes before baking.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until set.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely on a cooling rack.

Now, pipe the cookies with peanut butter royal icing, using a #2 tip.

Chocolate Ganache

1/2 c. heavy cream
6 oz. bittersweet (or semisweet) chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until hot and steamy.  Tiny bubbles will appear around the edges.  Pour over the chocolate and let sit 5 minutes.

Stir the mixture until combined, but do not over stir, or the mixture will look "bubbly." (But still perfectly edible...trust me.)  Gently stir in the vanilla.  Let the ganache sit until it has cooled and thickened.
Homemade Nutter Butters, Frosted Animal Cookies ...anyone care to guess what is coming next?!?

105 comments:

  1. AWESOME! Love that you used the bikini top :)
    My guys LOVE nutter butters, so this is defintiely something I am bookmarking!

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  2. ok, cutest cookies ever! I really want to try out the pb roll out cookies- what a wonderful idea! yum!

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  3. Oh, those were always my favorites. Your photos are amazing. Can't wait to try the recipe!

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  4. If you do homemade Mother's Taffy cookies I will love you forever and ever. Those are my favorite cookies of all time and i would love to do a homemade version.

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  5. BETTER than store bought nutter butters?? I have to try these.. I love that you had to use a bikini top as the cookie cutter!

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  6. Another fantastic cookie, I love these! You are so talented... :)

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  7. Yummy, Yummy! Nutter Butter Cookies bring me back to childhood, only with chocolate filling, great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. what a cute idea for the bikini cookie cutter;-)

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  9. Leave it to you to come up with such a brilliant, never before seen idea. These look even better than those mass produced ones (go figure, lol) and I'm sure they taste a heck of a lot better too. So clever of you my dear!

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  10. Oh my gosh, these are amazing! Nutter Butters are, I think, my favorite store bought cookie. Even better than Oreos. I love what you did here!

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  12. Oh MY!! Those look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Liz

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  13. What a great idea!! LOVE IT. I bet these are so much better than the store bought kind.

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  14. Bridget!
    I've said it before!
    But I'll say it AGAIN and AGAIN!
    IS THERE JUST NO END to all of this COOKIE~MADNESS!
    Girl!
    You're head must constantly SPIN and SPIN with oodles of cookie ideas...like 24/7!
    I feel so lucky to be apart of this COOKIE~MANIA!
    Okay!
    So let's talk NUTTER~BUTTERS!
    Omgoodness!
    I bet KIDDO couldn't BELIEVE you whipped up some Nutter~BUTTER!
    You SOOOO need to send the NUTTER~BUTTER people a link to these masterpieces!
    I can just SEE your FACE when you were getting BRAVE in the kitchen and added that Peanut Butter to YOUR famous ROYAL~ICING!
    I bet you said:
    "PLEASE still LOVE me ROYAL~ICING!"
    I bet you were so tickled with yourself after you swirled that PB into the icing!
    And I know when those two worlds collided...
    it was some kind of HEAVENLY scent!
    These are perfection!
    Who cares if they have a few CRACKS!
    I LOVE CRACK~LY Peanut Butter!
    And that GANACHE!
    OMGoodness!
    MELT ME...right now!
    Kisses to you Bridget!
    You've DONE it AGAIN!
    xo

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  15. Oh these look heavenly! Can't wait to try!

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  16. Too cute! Yours turned out SO well!

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  17. It's only 9:00am and I am now craving these! Really, anything with peanut butter is my favorite but these have chocolate too! OMG! You are awesome!

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  18. These taste as good as they look!! I just need to take a moment and thank the GOOD LORD that you live next door to me.

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  19. I love how creative your mind is! You always see a cookie cutter as more than just a template for what it was originally designed for. These nutter butter cookies are just another example of that and they look delicious.

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  20. YUM! I love Nutter Butters!! Never would have thought to use the bikini top cutter. The peanut butter and chocolate combo is the best! Love these!

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  21. I am with Mami China! I love those mothers Taffy cookies with filling in the middle! Ohh and the taste of that cookie! yum!

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  22. Well if these aren't just the CUTEST things ever!! I love a good nutter butter..I bet these are way better!!

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  23. Oh my!! Those were always my favotire store-bought cookies, next to those chocolate covered graham cracker cookies that my mom would never buy!

    Love these! Especially love the brilliance of your cookie cutter choice!

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  24. Eat some for me! I love peanut butter but have a nut allergy child. We use soy butter at our house, do you think it would work with soy butter?

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  25. Oh they look so good, I haven't had a nutter butter in so long....next up---my guess---OREO, wonder if I'm right.
    I love the chocolate ganache filling mmm.....sounds so yummy!
    They look amazing, you've outdone yourself as usual :)

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  26. you are my hero, thank-you for this!!!

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  27. Oh wow! I am SO making these - didn't think it was possible to improve on a nutter butter!

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  28. Oh yum! Mr. will love these! I made some other filled PB cookies once and we loved them. These are cute with thier little nutter butter shapes!

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  29. Look so amazing!! I am mad that they actually make the round ones now lol

    I like the traditional peanut shapes:)haha

    Thanks for a great recipe!

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  30. Those are so cool! My dad would love them...he's a nut for nutter butters.

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  31. Cracks or no cracks I think these beauties look perfect :)

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  32. Can I get home delivery...you know, since I'm pregnant and all?

    You can't keep doing this to me Bridget! ;-)

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  33. Oh my goodness... You've outdone yourself on this one. Those cookies look spectacular, and I can only imagine how they taste! LOVE it!

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  34. Whoaa do these look tasty! I love anything and everything peanut butter. And you even added chocolate. Genius.

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  35. Those look awesome! And I love that you found another use for the bikini top cutter:)!

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  36. Can I just say...OMG! (Oh My Ganache!) i'm so glad I have another great use for my bikini top - thanks for sharing!!

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  37. Absolutely adorable. I saw the title of this post on Foodbuzz and had to come look. You definitely improved these--chocolate ganache? Yes please.

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  38. Those look && sound wonderful! You are so creative!

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  39. These are ingenious! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Yummy! I have to recreate a lot of my favourites since I can't get them in Australia. I wondered what cookie cutter you'd used and saw it was the bikini top. Excellent!

    Thanks for all the inspiration and wonderful ideas that you share. You're a legend!!!

    Next up, Oreos maybe?

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  41. Those look AMAZING!!! My mouth is literally watering.

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  42. These are soo adorable!! I love it!!

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  43. Just curious...why does it have to be coarse salt? Can you just use regular salt? I have another recipe that calls for coarse salt and I couldn't find it at my grocery store! These look yummy!

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  44. such gorgeous nutter butters!! so much prettier than the original!

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  45. These are pure genius! What a delicious creation.

    Beautiful blog by the way..

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  46. I can't believe you had that shaped cookie cutter... or wait... maybe I "can" believe that lol! So cute!

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  47. I'm expecting to see some Oreo's next :) Those are definitely my favorite! Oh- and Thank You for recipes to our favorite store bought cookies! I LOVE being able to make stuff with my own ingredients and not buying processed foods!!

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  48. Clever cookies, Bridget. Yup, fat n' royal never mix. In fact, after I wash my mixer bowl, I wipe it out with a bit of white distilled vinegar just to make sure there are no remnants of grease.

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  49. Those nutter-butter cookies are my all-time favorite! You've done a great job replicating the look, but I'm sure the taste is ten times better than what I remember. Beautiful, Bridget!

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  50. I love nutter butters. I can't wait to try this.

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  51. Love the cookies! I think the next ones will be an Oreo cookie! I could only hope.... Just them

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  52. Holy smokes these look good! Bikini top cookie cutter?! I want one of those!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  53. Oh yum we don't get nutter butters here in Australia and it's one of my husband's favorites. Thanks for this.

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  54. Okay... I have been wanting to try the animal cookies....but now I want to try these too!!! I LOVE peanut butter....and the combo of peanut butter and chocolate...yum! Also....have been meaning to tell you that I shipped my first "long-distance" set of cookies using your cookie packaging/shipping advice from your university of cookie blog. Thank you thank you!!!!!!!

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  55. OMG Bridget! these look AMAZING!!...I can't wait to try them....I've been on a PB kick here lately any way! lol

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  56. Fantastic! Had to post a link on edible crafts, of course (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). Great photos too!

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  57. First time to your blog - you are very creative and talented! These are adorable. I love cooking and baking but these things take patience. And I love your last post about light vs. dark - shows some people out there what we struggle with on a daily basis! So funny.

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  58. Oh Bridget, you are truly a girl after my heart! These are adorable!

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  59. Love your Nutter Butters with the bikini shape!!

    Maybe Oreos is on the horizon?

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  60. These are so cute! By the way - I was trying to embed your YouTube video on my site for the week's featured video, but it doesn't look like you have the option for others to embed. If you change it, let me know! ... www.cookingwithcoley.com

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  61. Nutter butters are my favourite cookie, so I am so happy to see these, they are truly things of beauty daahlng. I love them.
    *kisses* HH

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  62. GENIUS!!! Adore these... fantastic job!!

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  63. Holy yumminess!!! Those look amazing and I bet they taste even better!!! :)

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  64. OMG! This has to be one of my favorites so far! I love NUTTER BUTTERS...and wow Chocolate ones?

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  65. Very clever to use one cookie cut and then just decorate it to represent something else. Great idea.

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  66. Mama Muhs....yes, you can just use regular table salt. Coarse salt is also called Kosher Salt and is in a blue box, usually on the bottom shelf under the spices. I tend to use it for all of my cooking/baking unless otherwise noted. :)

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  67. Bridget, these look amazing! You are so creative! Your pictures are lovely! The bikini top cookie cutter is brilliant! :)

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  68. Is it me or are these ingredients left off of the written instructions. . .like peanut butter and sugar?

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  69. Beth...yes, it's just you, LOL! I'm kidding! I have it written as "beat the butter through vanilla", so everything between those items on the list gets thrown in and beaten at the same time. Hope that makes sense!

    Happy baking!

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  70. Dang. I read it like 6 times. I did not catch that. I threw in the sugars and soda at the end. Cross your fingers for me!

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  71. These really are incredibly cute and inventive. The fact that you own a bikini-top shaped cookie cutter makes me giggle!

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  72. Be still my heart. These are my favorite store-bought cookie and you've made them even better!

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  73. Genius! I love these cookies!

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  74. This (like everything) looks amazing! Have you posted it on Fiddme yet?

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  75. OMG, I so need to make these! Wow - they look SO yummy! :)

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  76. I ABSOLUTELY cannot wait to try these!!! I'm even wondering how'd they'd be with 1/2 of them replacing the chocolate ganache with peanut butter ganache! Thanks so much!!

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  77. Mmmm....those look exquisite! My husband is a huge nutter-butter fan! I'm going to have to give these a try! Always such a pleasure and inspiration to visit your blog!

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  78. Wow, fantastic. And we LOVE Nutter Butters.

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  79. Oh, you are just too cool! What a great idea! I am relatively new here and I can see that it will be one fab idea after another! You are so creative!

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  80. These look delicious and very cute, and I never would have though to make homemade Nutter Butters... what a great idea!

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  81. I agree - - what a great idea! I love the store bought nutter butters, but I'm positive these are going to be ten times better!

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  82. Am I the only one who had a bit of trouble understanding the recipe? Are there steps missing? When do you add the sugars? When do you mix in the peanut butter?

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  83. Meghan...read in the comments up a bit. I addressed that question from someone else. :) Happy baking!

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  84. Honestly, my mouth is watering. Why oh why do you post the most delicious looking recipes?! :)

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  85. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I love Nutter Butters and I am tickled pink that I can make some from scratch. Now I just have to get the bikini cutter from Coppergifts.com.

    Thank you for keeping me in the loop, for giving great baking and decorating tips, and for being so awesome!

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  86. Amazing!! My husband would just love these!!

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  87. Mmm, nutter butters are one of my favorite cookies! I love that you filled them with ganache, too. Sort of a cross between a nutter butter and a milano cookie!

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  88. I made these last night.. They are thee best! So soft and they melt in your mouth.. Everyone at work loved them! The only thing that upset me a bit is the fact that the directions were not complete. It didnt say when to mix the salt, baking soda or peanut butter. I just pretty much mixed them like my other cookie I make. But, Thanks for the recipe, Its Delish!

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  89. Hey Erica!

    The instructions say to " beat the butter through vanilla until light and fluffy." That means to add all of the ingredients starting with the butter, and everything listed between it and vanilla. Sorry for the confusion. So happy you liked them.

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  90. I have tried these twice already and followed the recipe to the dot - the second batch turned out a bit better than the first because I reduced the flour to 13oz (instead of my 3 "variable" cups). However, am I doing something terribly wrong or is the dough really difficult to work with?? Mine was very crumbly and the more I rolled it and hence floured it (I had to, since I could only get a few (cottage) cookies cut out each time) the worse it got, even the second batch. Also, would you recommend a certain ideal thickness? Like, the thinner, the better? Mine were NO thinner than 1/4" and tasted better when I kept them in the oven a bit longer. I'm trying so hard but I am so confused! :(

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  91. oh. my. word. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE!!!

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  92. Replace the Peanut Butter that you put into the royal icing with PB2, and it will be fluffier.

    If you can't easily get PB2, you can make imitation PB2, simply by mixing medium or dark roasted partially defatted peanut flour, sugar and salt.

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