I'm on day two of not drinking coffee. Cold turkey (Mmm turkey!!). I had this brilliant idea to try and not drink coffee for one week. I don't think it's really that bad for you, but I don't like the idea of being addicted to it. I feel like I'm kind of addicted to coffee. I always drink a huge tumbler of it every day. And oh man is it good. Just thinking about it makes me want some right now. Piping hot with a little Bailey's Irish creamer stirred in.
Instead of drinking coffee, I've been juicing. (Not that kind of juicing.) I've had two big glasses of fruit and vegetable juice the past two days. I hope I can keep it up for the rest of the week.
Anyway, where I was going with this is, I have a headache. I've had terrible headaches both days. I get headaches often, and now I'm wondering if it has to do with the caffeine....
A friend from work told me about Thomas Keller's famous Nutter Butter Cookie recipe and how good they were. (I love having foodie friends at work.) I got home, googled the recipe and discovered a lot of bloggers out there had already made the recipe. So, I guess I'm a little late to the party. But at least I'm here now.
And I brought the booze.
This is my slightly adapted version of the recipe, and they came out quite well. I thought they turned out pretty. I proudly took them into work, and they were devoured shortly after.
I loved, loved this recipe. These cookies are amazing. Just amazing. I don't know what it is about them... the delicious peanut butter buttercream? The toasted ground oats? The perfect marriage of butter, sugars and egg?
I do know that a stack of these would cure my coffee withdrawals.
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups coarsely ground old fashioned oats (toast them for more flavor)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup + 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.
To make the cookies, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy - about 3 minutes. Beat in egg, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla until combined. Beat in oats and flour until just combined.
Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool cookies on sheet for 5 minutes, before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
To make the filling, in a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until well combined and creamy - about 2 minutes. Spread filling in between cookies.
Makes about 12 big cookies