Thomas Keller's Nutter Butters

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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....

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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.

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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.

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Thomas Keller's Nutter Butters

Cookies
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

Filling
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


28 comments:

  1. lucky you've got these awesome cookies to help you through the caffeine withdrawals! I wish I had some too; i'm totally craving the salty/sweet chewiness right now! ...but that seems to happen with whatever you share here, so nothing new!

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  2. Yes, the headaches are from caffeine withdrawls. The caffeine affects the blood vessels in your brain. One of the main reasons why I have never been a coffee drinker of much note is that I didn't want to get myself to the point where I need coffee to function. Once you're dependent on caffeine, the jolt to your nervous system that people interpret as "energy" lessens and you are only drinking it to avoid the crash. You are doing a good thing to let it go. You'll sleep much better too once your body is on a more natural energy cycle. But the headaches are a beeyotch. I was on a business trip once where I was mindlessly drinking coffee for breakfast - at least two cups - for 5 days straight. The day I went home I had none at all and the headache was torturous. That was only after a week. I can't imagine what it would be like if I were a regular drinker and then went wihtout for a few days.

    Anyway, I made this novel-length comment and didn't even get around to saying how great the cookies look. Yum. Thanks for the non-pumpkin recipe. ;-)

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  3. Did you know you're featured on Cookie Madness today?

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  4. I think it's a good bet it's the caffeine. But [applause] for the juicing - it's good stuff! The cookies are lovely - peanut butter goodness stuffed with buttercream goodness.

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  5. Good for you for giving up coffee for a week! I don't like the idea of being addicted to things either. I have 1 coffee a day, and about 1 pot on the weekend, but luckily, if I go a day without, I don't get a headache or anything. If I ever start to, then I will probably take time off of coffee.

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  6. These cookies are bookmarked. As for the headaches peioople prone to headaches should not have caffeine, chocolate or salt. These are the first thing the doc will ask you to eliminate from your dietm all the things we love.

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  7. i was a fan of nutter butters as a kid, so i'd be all over these :)

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  8. They look so good! As for coffee, I used to drink only coffee in the morning but I sometimes change and right now I'm on a tea period. You can get used to comething else very easily, cappuccino, hot chocolate etc

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  9. OF COURSE, your headaches are from lack of caffeine. I read awhile ago about a study that (finally!) correlated headaches in post-op patients with the fact that they had fasted (including no coffee) the day before. Simple fix - coffee!

    There is NO reason NOT to drink coffee unless you're pregnant or have some specific medical reason not to. I MEAN IT!!! I'M NOT KIDDING, EMILY! Oh! I haven't had my afternoon coffee yet. Give me five minutes and I'll simmer down. ;-)

    Of course, it's better not to be dependent on something, but life WITH coffee is better than life without it.

    Very gorgeous, elegant cookies, beautifully photographed too.

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  10. I love Nutter Butters! I don't know why I've never thought of making homemade ones - this is brilliant!

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  11. This cookies looks amazing. I've had major peanut butter cravings lately, so I'll have to try these.

    The recipe for Thomas Keller's Chocolate chunk cookies on that page looks good too (molasses + chocolate chunks + dark brown sugar). Have you tried that?

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  12. I commend you on your coffee-quitting attempts...it's something I could never do. I actually love it way too much.

    And soon I'm going to have a nutter butter cookie to add onto that addiction. Yay!

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  13. No coffee? That's hardcore...you're a better woman than me :-)

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  14. OMgosh i LOVE peanut butter/nutter butter :D i'll definitely be making these!!

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  15. I HAVE to try these! I love nutter butters! Good luck with quitting the coffee. I had to get off coffee earlier this year for medical reasons and the headaches were gone by about the 4th day...

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  16. You're killing me!!! These look so freaking amazing!!!

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  17. Yum! I love anything peanut butter. Are these more of a chewy or crispy cookie?

    Good luck with the no coffee thing...I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I drink about 6 cans of Diet Coke a day to get caffeine instead. I've tried to quit only to suffer terrible withdrawal headaches! If you can do without the caffeine, more power to you!

    - Maggie

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  18. i think it's better to wean yourself off coffee rather than go cold turkey--it keeps the headaches to a minimum. that's my belief, anyway--i can't speak from experience because i'm not crazy enough to try to quit! :)

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  19. I have never made them either but yours look scrumptious... caffeine withdrawals are not fun, I don't drink coffee but tea I love and there is a lot of caffeine there too.. :(

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  20. Hi Emily

    I've noticed no salt in the recipe.

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  21. MMMM these cookies look and sound delicious!

    good luck emily with the no coffee...headaches are the worst part. that and the urge to hold a warm mug. but i found warm lemon water was a good replacement or decaf tea.

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  22. These look scrumptious!

    Good luck with staying away from coffee - when I stopped drinking my usual cup a day, I began getting head aches as well, maybe you can replace it with something else hot (that's what I did).

    Maybe a yummy steamy cup of hot chocolate :)

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  23. Thanks everyone!

    Rachel, you're a wise woman. I'm on day seven without coffee. I'm feeling good! Except I'm craving a cup of coffee.

    Anon, I did. Thank you.

    Gen, I like the hot chocolate idea!

    Sue, do you have morning coffee and afternoon coffee?

    Shannon, I know! Doesn't it sound amazing! You better believe I'm trying that one.

    Lindsay, I am hardcore! :)

    Mackenzie, mine were gone by day two, fortunately.

    Maggie, that's crazy! Diet Coke isn't good for you! You better stop!

    Hot chocolate is my new drink of choice!

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  24. Thanks everyone!

    Rachel, you're a wise woman. I'm on day seven without coffee. I'm feeling good! Except I'm craving a cup of coffee.

    Anon, I did. Thank you.

    Gen, I like the hot chocolate idea!

    Sue, do you have morning coffee and afternoon coffee?

    Shannon, I know! Doesn't it sound amazing! You better believe I'm trying that one.

    Lindsay, I am hardcore! :)

    Mackenzie, mine were gone by day two, fortunately.

    Maggie, that's crazy! Diet Coke isn't good for you! You better stop!

    Hot chocolate is my new drink of choice!

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  25. i must be really late to the party because I haven't made these. They look divine. I must try.

    I have experienced those caffeine withdrawal headaches. I quit coffee cold turkey when I was pregnant and got killer headaches. I've cut way back on the amount of coffee I consume, but I still enjoy my morning cup o joe!

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  26. Wonderful website!
    Your so bright and colorful! :]

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  27. Just another recipe I have to bookmark. I mean peanut butter cream...are you kidding me?

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