Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

When trying to write a post about Dad, I was having trouble putting him into words.  But then I got inspired . . . by the movie The Ten Things I Hate About You.  You know, at the end when Julia Stiles’ character reads the poem about how much she hates Heath Ledger’s character, even though she doesn’t hate him at all?  So I wrote the ten things I hate about Dad.  This post isn’t about hating Dad, because I don’t hate him at all, rather, it is my way of telling him just how much I love him, how much he means to me, how I am so thankful to have him in my life.

Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

1.  I hate that you drive too fast, even if sometimes I love that we get where we’re going quickly.

2.  I hate that you think it’s okay to wear “Dad jeans” and commit other fashion crimes.  I want you to be fashionable too.

3.  I hate that you smoke because I don’t want your life to be cut short by even a moment.

4.  I hate that you don’t always like to talk about your day because hearing about your day is the high point of mine. 

5.  I hate that you have such a long drive to and from work because I love when we can eat dinner as a family.

6.  I hate that you have to work so hard, but love that it’s your priority to take care of your family.

7.  I hate that you never unplug from your cell phone, as you deserve a break.

8.  I hate that you don’t give yourself enough credit.  You are full of great ideas.

9.  I hate that you run errands . . . well . . . okay . . . I actually love that.

10.  I hate that sometimes when I think about you and all the fun times we’ve had together, it often brings a tear to my eye because I can’t imagine my life without you as a part of it.

Dad, whether or not it’s Father’s Day, know I am always thinking about and celebrating you.  I hope you have a great day today and everyday!

Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

Dad wasn’t sure what he wanted me to make for Father’s Day, so the decision was up to me.  I did try another recipe, but it didn’t turn out, so I turned to Homemade Nutter Butters.  I’ve wanted to make these forever, and I find those are the recipes that often turn out the best.  I can’t believe I waited this long to make these.  They are sooooo good, definitely worthy of Father’s Day.  I shouldn’t be surprised they are one of my favorite things I’ve made, as I adapted the recipe from Thomas Keller, one of this country’s best chefs.  This is actually the first recipe of his I’ve made.

These cookies actually do taste reminiscent of Nutter Butters . . . but, you know, a million billion times better.  The cookie is soft and crunchy and crumbly all at the same time with intense peanut butter flavor.  I thought the cookies would spread a lot during baking since I skipped chilling the dough, but they didn’t spread at all.  I patted the first set down after baking while still hot and they turned out fine, but I liked the ones I patted down before baking better.  These are your cookies, shape them how you like, just know they aren’t going to spread.

Then there’s the filling.  Italian meringue buttercream with TONS of peanut butter mixed in.  It is smooth and creamy and flavorful.  Neither the cookie nor the filling is too sweet, and it’s impossible to decide which is better.  Together the cookie and the filling are out of this world delicious, a big, satisfying dessert that will make your dad as happy as they did mine.

 Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

Homemade Nutter Butters #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 9 cookie sandwiches

Ingredients

Cookies

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

¾ teaspoon baking powder

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter room temperature

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy)

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup peanuts, finely chopped (I used Planter’s Dry Roasted Unsalted)

Filling

4 large egg whites

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

1 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup water

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces

¾ cup creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy)

¼ teaspoon kosher salt, optional

Instructions

Make the cookies. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 3 sheet pans with parchment.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would work as well. Mix in the egg until fully combined. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in oats and peanuts. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto prepared pans. Bake about 14 minutes, rotating halfway through if necessary, until cookies are light golden brown and mostly set. Cool completely on pans.

Make the filling. Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until stiff peaks form. In the meantime, in a medium saucepan, stir sugar and water together over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved, stop stirring and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Continue cooking the sugar until it reaches 248 degrees F on the thermometer. This happens quickly, so make sure the egg whites are about ready before cooking the syrup. Once the whites reach stiff peaks, they can be turned off for a few moments while the syrup cooks. Turn them back on medium high for about 30 seconds before adding the syrup.

Once the syrup and whites are ready, turn the mixer to low and slowly drizzle in the syrup. When all the syrup is added, turn the mixer back up to medium high and beat until sticky, fluffy, voluminous, and room temperature, about 15 minutes. Add butter a couple pieces at a time with the mixer running. Beat until the filling is smooth and creamy. Measure 1 ¼ cups of the filling and place in a separate bowl. What’s left in the stand mixer bowl should be reserved for another use. (May I recommend eating with a spoon!) Add the peanut butter and salt, if using, to the 1 ¼ cups of filling and stir until fully combined.

Spread a generous amount of filling on top of one cookie with an offset spatula and top with another cookie. Repeat until all the sandwiches have been made. Cookies may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 4 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Thomas Keller, courtesy of Saveur

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Comments

  1. This is a wonderful heartfelt post Laura! And the cookies, simply amazing!

  2. Such a beautiful tribute to your dad. And these cookies look delicious

  3. Man oh man! I want these cookies, no I need these cookies! What a great recipe!!

  4. I love the inspiration for how to say “I love you.” It’s difficult to say how much our dad’s really mean to us in just a blog post. I liked this version! And these cookies look like a serious dessert (which is just my style!)

  5. Awwwww such a sweet post for your dad!!!

    And omg these nutter butters-they look soooo much better than storebought!

  6. OK your post made me cry!! I only have 4 posts left to read from todays group. I have teared up over a few posts but yours did the trick! I need one of those cookies to dry my eyes!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Megan! I debated over the post but am glad to hear you were moved by it. It meant a lot to me.

  7. That list is so sweet. Also, I want these cookies in my belly now.

  8. Renee says:

    What a great post and the 10 things you “hate” about your dad. Nutter Butters are my husband’s all-time favorite cookies. I’ll have to make these for him. I can’t wait to hear what he thinks of them.

  9. Dad says:

    Wow. What a great post. It means a lot to me. It’s great having you as a daughter. I don’t say that often enough, do I? Thanks for the cookies too, they are great.

  10. Beth says:

    What a beautiful Father’s Day post! Your nutter butters look awesome!

  11. Super Father’s Day post! And fun recipe! It’s been years since I’ve had a Nutter Butter, but you’ve got me craving them. I gotta try these (or more to the point, get my wife – the baker in the household – to give this a whirl. Good stuff – thanks!

  12. What a sweet post :) Oh, and I totally love that movie! ;)

  13. Yay! Finally I have time to attend the Sunday Supper and click on Laura’s Homemade Nutter Butters. . And as a fellow Thomas Keller fan, I can only imagine the scrumptious result. Trust your father was very pleased =)

  14. Tara says:

    Can I have three of those cookies STAT please and three to go!! They look amazing!!

  15. Jessica says:

    What a sweet post, I especially liked #4. Sometimes these simple things just go unnoticed. These look and sound delicious. I love that you post so many peanut butter recipes, they are my favorites :)

  16. Homemade nutter butters??!! I am in love with these cookies!! I’m pinning this one

  17. These look so yummy, I’d like to say I would only have one but…

  18. Debbie Eccard says:

    You know my love of peanut butter so these look fabulous!!! Great post on your Dad for Father’s Day!!!!

  19. Joanna says:

    Nice post about your Dad. He is a good man and loves you very much! I hate that he has such a long drive to work and that he has to work at all. These nutter butters are great!

  20. I’ll bet your dad adores you, because I can tell you certainly adore him. And I’ll bet he totally digs these cookies. And that filling which is to die for if you like candy thermometers.

    • Laura says:

      Candy thermometers are not as scary as they sound. Mine sat in the cabinet forever before I started using it. Now I bet I use it about once a week. Easy peasy :)

  21. Such a lovely post about your dad! These homemade nutter butters look incredible!

  22. Homemade nutter butters?? I’m like in shock! These look so much better, I can only imagine how incredible they must taste! Nutter butters are one of my favorites and my dad loved them too. Loved reading your list!

    • Laura says:

      These are exponentially better than store bought nutter butters. They’re actually one of my favorite things I’ve ever made! Thanks, Ruby!

  23. Miss Messy says:

    I’ve never had a nutter butter but these sound super! )

    • Laura says:

      You should try them as part of your confused English girl series. The store bought ones are pretty tasty, but these homemade ones are out of this world!

  24. What a sweet post for your Dad. It basically made me want to watch “10 Things” while eating a pile of nutter butters. Gosh, I used to be obsessed with that movie. And Heath Ledger.

  25. Katie says:

    This is such a great post – love your list!

    And homemade nutter butters…oohhhh buddy! I want some of them!

  26. My dad would disown me and adopt you for these cookies! They’re some of his faves

  27. Soni says:

    Such a lovely post for your Dad!I’ve never had Nutter Butters before but they look and sound absolutely delicious!Love the filling too!So yumm :)

  28. I love Nutter Butters and have a recipe next week with them! Great job on the DIY version!

  29. Nutter butter? Oh yeah! That filling looks and sounds so creamy!

  30. Homemade Nutter Butters? My dad would LOVE these!

  31. Yes, please is all I have to say about these cookies. Although I would have to fight my nephew over them because he loves Nutter Butters as much as I do.

  32. Emily says:

    Mmm I love Nutter Butters! I bet these taste delicious!

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