Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies

Well, the holidays have passed and it’s almost the New Year, if you can believe it. 2010 has passed by so quickly! It’s certainly been the busiest year of my life. I got married, went to Italy for our honeymoon, found an apartment in New York City in 2 days after our honeymoon, moved to New York with just a 9x7x6 cube with all of our belongings, and started our new life on the East coast. I can hardly believe that we’ve done all of that, especially when Kramer is 23 and I’m 22. I’ve loved every moment of our time here in New York, and I’m looking forward to what 2011 holds in store for us. It’s been exciting finding new jobs and making new friends and getting out of our comfort zone. While we do miss all of our family and friends in Arizona, now they have an excuse to come visit the city (right, guys?) and we still have lots of family here in New York and in New Jersey, whom we are very thankful for (hello Beth, Bill, Mackenzie, Ian, Gracie, Marylin, Aunt René, Kenny, and Poppa!).

I have already made Chocolate Chip Oreo Chunk Cookies, so I thought, how can I do the same thing, but with my husband’s favorite, peanut butter? Well, the answer was simple: Nutterbutters! Who doesn’t remember the tasty peanut-shaped cookie that we all enjoyed as kids? They were more rare than the beloved Oreo, but just as coveted. They are a bit more challenging, because you can’t just twist and pull apart the cookie like you can an Oreo, but the cookie itself is crispy and full of peanut butter deliciousness. I happened to have a package of them in my cupboard, so I crushed them up and added them to my favorite honey peanut butter cookie recipe. The result? Peanut butter madness. These cookies are definitely for the peanut butter lover in your life. Not only are the cookies perfectly chewy and packed with peanut butter, they also have peanut butter chips and crushed Nutterbutter cookies. The Nutterbutters stay crisp, while the peanut butter chips are soft and smooth, creating a cookie combination that is completely irresistible. There’s not much more to say! Not only are these great all year round, but they would be something different to bring to your New Year’s Eve celebration! While everyone else will have regular ol’ cookies and brownies, you’ll be bringing along the motherload: Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies. Happy New Year!

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Your ingredients.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Combine your flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
In a large mixing bowl, combine your shortening, peanut butter, and honey. Beat to combine.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Add in the eggs, beating until combined.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Gradually add in the flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go, until just incorporated.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Crush up your Nutterbutter cookies.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Fold them into your dough, along with your peanut butter chips.

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Place on a lined and/or greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes, until just barely golden (I like a really chewy peanut butter cookie).

Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
Allow to cool a bit before moving to another surface to finish cooling.

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Nutterbutter Peanut Butter Cookies
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Serves: 25-30 cookies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy, but creamy works, too)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 12 oz. bag peanut butter chips
  • 15-20 crushed Nutterbutter cookies (not too crushed - it's fun to have some big chunks of Nutterbutter in there)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and set aside. Beat the shortening, peanut butter and honey together for 3-5 minutes, until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix well. Gradually add in the flour mixture, mixing until just moistened. You will be folding in your Nutterbutters and peanut butter chips later, so you can finish up any mixing at that point.
  2. Fold in the Nutterbutter cookies and peanut butter chips. Roll the dough into balls and place on greased and/or lined baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, until just barely golden (I like very soft, chewy peanut butter cookies). Remove from oven and let cool for a bit on your cookie sheets before removing and placing on another surface to finish cooling. Makes 25-30 cookies.


21 Responses

  1. I would absolutely LOVE these cookies!!! I didn’t realize that you also did your honeymoon in Italy this year, so fun!

  2. Michelle says:

    Oh my gosh, you are like an evil genius or something. LOL This is fabulous! Nutterbutters were my very favorite cookie when I was a kid. Thanks for putting them back on my radar. : )
    Happy New Year!!!!

  3. Mom says:

    You forgot to mention what your wedding cake was made of.

  4. Benita says:

    Happy New Year, Sydney, and thank you so much for sharing your recipes, and more important, your experiences as a new wife, new New Yorker and fabulous cook with all of us readers. My husband and friends also say “Thank you!” since they are the beneficiaries of your “evil genius” (thanks, Michelle!). This afternoon, I’m making the root vegetable gratin and the s’more bars for our New Year’s Eve dinner–yum!

  5. Yum!! These look fab.

    Happy New Year!

    • Sydney says:

      @Tiffany: Thanks and same to you!

      @Tina: Thank you! I know what you mean, I’m ready to take it easy in the kitchen, too!

      @Miss: Thank you so much!

      @Rose: We’ve actually lived in NYC for a year, so I’ve definitely been enjoying the city’s food! I actually made a version of Magnolia’s banana pudding myself, so I hope that you check it out. Thanks for stopping by my site!

  6. Tina from PA says:

    These cookies look wonderful, but right now I’m a little cookied out( is that even a word?,You get where I’m going)I will keep it in mind for future use! Happy New Year! Thank You for a year of great recipes !!!

  7. Miss says:

    Oh my! These look fantastic. I have everything but the peanut butter chips, maybe I will try them and use chocolate chips. Great recipe!

  8. Rose says:

    Well m’dear, I’ll have to save this recipe next to the Millionaire Shortbread (with caramel filling!) recipe printed out and saved for “Goals of 2011″. UNF. These look great and I’m glad you tested this first. Because sometimes I find if you fold bits of cookie into raw batter, the cookies you bake end up unevenly shaped or fall apart. These look very nice out of the oven.

    So you’re on the East Coast. Welcome to NY! Hope you and your husband get a chance to sample some of the best bakeries in the city, including Magnolias Bakery on the Upper West Side. The fragrance inside of Magnolias is *divine*

  9. Rose says:

    I’m more of a banana-baked-muffin fan myself but what you did for the pudding on the website looks fabulous. Is that your #1 favorite from Magnolias? Mine so far is the mini-pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust….but it’s hard to decide with so many delicious desserts they offer. Watching the bakers ice the cakes behind the counter is also part of the enjoyable experience, IMHO, if you’re not doing it yourself. ^_^

  10. Hannah says:

    I am making these puppies tonight!

  11. Rachael says:

    Nutterbutters are my mother’s favorite – I am definitely going to have to surprise her with a batch of these very soon!

  12. Dana says:

    All I can say is yum! Here’s to a great 2010, and the wonder of the year to come!

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