Homemade Nutter-Butters

A few weeks back I graced this blog with an out of this world- better than the original- Oatmeal Pie Cookie recipe and now I can’t wait to show you my new favorite- Homemade Nutter Butters. I really didn’t set out to up one on the grocery store snack isle but when it hits me it hits me hard and after watching my 3 year old scarf down his first handful of nutter butters I was determined to make my own. After all my second motto for Kitchen Belleicious, other than “fearless in the kitchen” is “Anything they can make I can make too” and make I did.

They were amazing! Buttery, nutty, creamy, soft, chewy, delicious- PERFECTION! They are like the ultimate Peanut Butter Cookie but with a cute little peanut shape and a decadent rich filling. I love a good crunch and I opted to use crunchy peanut butter in the filling instead of creamy but do what makes you happy. Now seeing as how these nutter butters were such a hit I grabbed a jar of white chocolate almond butter to use for the filling in my second batch of cookies and it was unbelievable. A fancy nutter butter for kids and adults. I promise you won’t be disappointed in these babies. The kids are out of school and what better way to keep them busy and full then to have them help you in the kitchen and fill up on homemade snacks rather than the store-bought versions.

Now don’t get all antsy on me and pop the cookies in the oven once you roll them out- I know your getting hungry but patience is a virtue! This dough must have time to “chill” out in the refrigerator before its oven time or else they will spread and you will be left with these huge weird looking shaped peanut butter cookies. Believe me, I know! Of course you don’t have to make them into the iconic shape they are so widely known for,but seriously- what is a nutter butter if it doesn’t look like a nut? Think about it….. This recipe makes a million nutter butter cookies (small version) so follow my lead and just store your leftover dough in the freezer to whip out a quick snack for the kids. The cream filling only keeps for a week but it also only takes a few minutes to make so don’t let that stop you.

Homemade Nutter-Butters
  • Cookies:
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • approx ⅓ cup extra sugar for rolling
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  1. 1.In a large bowl with mixer beat butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds on medium-high speed. Lower mixer to medium and add eggs and vanilla continuing to mix until combined. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, baking soda and baking powder. Mix until combined. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. 2.Form chilled dough first into 1 inch balls and then form into a log shape. Roll the log-shaped dough in extra granulated sugar and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Using a fork press down on cookie creating a criss-cross pattern. Pinch the center to create the peanut shape.
  3. 3.Bake for 6-8 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheet 2-3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.
  4. 4.For the Filling:In a large bowl beat butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Slowly add in your powdered sugar and turn mixer speed up to medium and beat until filling is smooth. Add your milk, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.Spread a heaping tablespoon of filling onto the bottom of one of the peanut butter cookies and then top with another cookie to create sandwich.
  5. Notes: store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
recipe from CookiesandCups


  1. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef

    OMG can I give you a hug?? I haven’t had one of these for over 10 years! I can’t wait to make these.

    1. kbelleicious

      I know! My first time to have them in years was a few weeks ago when I bought a store-bought can for my son and I fell in love all over again. I knew I had to makey own

  2. daphne

    oh i think i can have many of this. It certainly must be worth the wait!! How gorgeous they look.

  3. Allison @ Alli n Son

    You just solved my problem of what treat to make for father’s day. My husband, father and father-in-law will live these. I may have to dip them in chocolate though, just for me. 😉

    1. kbelleicious

      Glad to be of assistance!

  4. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    My husband would go nuts (pardon the pun) over these. And I promise to be patient and let them chill first. These area winner for kids of all ages.

    1. kbelleicious

      Love the pun! A perfect fathers day gift or treat

  5. Mary

    Oh Jessica! I’ve book marked these – so scrumptious – I’m going to make them for my picky eater!
    Mary x

  6. lena

    they look so cute, just like peanuts! i’m sure your homemade version is a thousand times much better than the store bought ones!

    1. kbelleicious

      I might be biased but they really are beget than the store-bought kind. Much more chewy and real PB flavor not that commercial kind.

  7. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh you are so awesome!! I am really excited to try these because I know that they well be a big hit! They look so delicious.

  8. kitchen flavours

    Yum! Can I order a jar please? Looks so good! And cute!

    1. kbelleicious

      Consider it done!

  9. Laurie

    I don’t usually lean towards cookie recipes.. but o.m.g. the nutter butter peanut butter sandwich cookie commercial will always play in my head! LOVED them and am SO excited to try this recipe!! You have a beautiful blog.. so excited to peruse more of your recipes! 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh I am so glad you stopped by! Hope to get to know you better. Yes those nutter butter commercials always put a smile on my face too. So will this recipe:)

  10. Eva Taylor

    These look and sound absolutely delicious, Jessica, another winner! And I love the peanut shape. I was pleasantly surprised that you did not use a cookie cutter for that adorable shape, but just the standard pb cookie pinched in the middle! Nice!

    1. kbelleicious

      I didn’t even know a cookie cutter in peanut shape was pit tyre. Glad your surprised but I might be buying that cookie cutter for next time! Lol!

  11. Tara

    Oh my those look so good!! and how adorable they would be for a party. I want to eat some right now!!

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Tara! Perfect for a party!

  12. Charles

    “Notes: store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.”

    Haha! That’s rather optimistic… I don’t think something so delicious looking would stand a chance of being around that long! 😀

    1. kbelleicious

      Charles! Your right! They didn’t and wouldn’t last long enough to keep for 5 days! Lol!

  13. sara@domesticallychallenged

    You are now my BBFFEEEEEEVVVVVEEERRRR. That’s all.

    1. kbelleicious

      Awww! Smile:)

  14. Velva

    You totally rock! Love,love nutter butter cookies. There is no way the store bought ones could hold a candle to yours.


    btw, the best way to eat nutter butters is with a cold glass of milk too- you nailed that one too.

  15. yummychunklet

    OMG. Your Nutter-Butters look so delicious and authentic. They put my post to shame!

    1. kbelleicious

      Yours are beautiful and they look delicious. I love that you used jelly for the filling! Genius

  16. Karen Xavier

    I have never heard of these cookies… they do look scrumptious. If only you lived next door… sigh.

    1. kbelleicious

      Never? Oh you have missed out. If only I could send you a dozen!

  17. Shea

    These look so yummy and too stinkin’ cute too! I’ll have to try these for a fun treat!

  18. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    The name alone makes them a Must Make Belle! They are just adorable! You are so clever!
    🙂 Mandy

  19. Lisa

    These were my favorite cookie as a kid. Now I have to make this recipe for my kids, well mainly for myself! LOL

  20. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Wow…homemade nutter butter! My daughters will love these! I just don’t know if I’m patient enough to make them as beautiful as yours!

  21. nancy at good food matters

    love-love their pea-nutty shapes!

  22. Kristy

    The grocery snack aisle has nothing on you Jessica! These rock and I love the peanut shape.:)

  23. Joanne

    These sound oh so dangerous and OH SO DELICIOUS!

  24. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    These cookies look so cute with their peanut shape. I know if I get started on these, I’ll not stop as I love, love,love peanuts. 🙂

  25. Reem | Simply Reem

    I am sure I cannot stop at few…
    They look delicious!!!

    hope you and kids are doing great my dear…

  26. Vianney Rodriguez

    These are the cutest cookies EVER! I bookmarked your oatmeal pies and these are also going on my to-do list!!

  27. balvinder ( Neetu)

    I like the name, nutter butter. looks so delicious.

  28. Baker Street

    The filling sounds heavenly and the cookies look so adorable!

  29. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    These look perfect!! You really nailed them.

  30. Geni

    Oh heaven. Those cookies would make everyone at my house sooooo happy. YUMMMMM!

  31. kankana

    I am sure these taste delicious .. but they look so cute too!

  32. Sandie

    I think I was 10 yrs old the last time I had one of these. Great rendition!

  33. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Your cookies are so cut and you really made them look like little peanuts. I think using the crunchy peanut butter is a great idea. They have to be really yummy.

  34. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Your kids are out of school already? That’s true… I think I’ll occupy my son with baking projects! You get to have homemade baked goods and we will be both busy! The best part is that my daughter goes to preschool without summer break. =D Easy to deal with one than two at once… Will try this recipe then. These cookies look wonderful, Jessica!!!

  35. Greg

    I like how you’re not only fearless in the kitchen, but you like to throw down. And you always bring it. Man, these look awesome.

  36. Malli

    Fancy Nutter Butters!!! I bet they are just “melt in your mouth” good too without all the commerical “junk” they add to the store brought ones:)

  37. Candace

    Those are awesome, Jessica! I wish that I could have some of them now with a cold glass of milk. Yum!

  38. Mary

    You are amazing. Nutter butters are one of my faves! 🙂

  39. jackie@marin mama cooks

    Wow! These cookies look amazing and they totally bring back memories. What a fun cookie to whip up with the kids this summer.

  40. beti

    they are beatiful!! I love the shape of the peanuts

  41. Jo-Lyn

    Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I lost my internet for a few days, plus my life has been really stressful lately. I hope it settles down here soon!! 🙂

  42. Jo-Lyn

    These look super yummy, though…I’d love to try them!! 🙂

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  45. T'Nisha

    I LOVE nutter butters! These are adorable!! Do they come out crunchy?!

  46. Lori

    I can not wait to make these. My kids are peanut butter obsessed. Will have to go get some more butter and peanut butter at the store tomorrow and makes these for a surprise for my husband, Nutter Butters are his all-time favorite cookies. I am working on replacing our store bought favorites with homemade versions and this is another one to add to my list.

  47. brenda

    Made these for my hubby last night who LOVES nutter butters…these are SOOOOO delish! And you’re right…it makes a TON…I used creamy PB for the filling and they were super. Thanks for the recipe!

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  51. Kasumi

    I just finished making a batch. Even with chilling the dough, the sort of lost their shape. (I think maybe next time, I’ll throw them in the fridge after I shape them.). Honesty tho, one bite and you won’t care what they look like. Holy smokes, they’re tasty!

  52. Lula

    Wow! The filling for these was way too sweet for my taste. Luckily we tasted one before frosting the whole batch.

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