Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bouchon Bakery's Nutter Butter Cookies


Photo Courtesy of Culinary Trends and Bouchon


Photo One Perfect Bite

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm not given to hero worship and will never understand the commotion that surrounds some icons in the cooking world. I have respect for the very best of them and an amused tolerance for the "wannabes". Sure, I have a favorite chef or two, but my admiration never approaches adulation. It's muted and controlled, and based on an honest assessment of their food that, I hope, is detached from the cult of personality that's so prevalent today. I've obviously had some disappointments and tend to be unforgiving when that happens. This is not, however, going to be an expose. I want, instead, to focus on a chef who consistently delivers - in his food, his restaurants and his books. Many of you know of my admiration for Thomas Keller. I have featured several of his recipes on One Perfect Bite, have read all of his books and eat in his restaurants whenever possible. I have not, until today, baked any of the cookies that are sold at his Bouchon Bakery. I chose the Nutter Butter cookies because I knew the Silver Fox would love them. I decide to use the recipe from the New York Times. After I had finished my baking, I found a more exact recipe for them on Culinary Trends. I plan to use that recipe, found here, the next time I make these cookies. The recipe below comes from the New York Times, but I've changed the ingredient's list to make only half a batch of the cookies. While they are quite homely in appearance, they are surprisingly light and crisp and very, very good. My only criticism is that the cookies are way too large for mere mortals to consume. Mine were saucer-size and next time I'll make them smaller. If you bake and you love cookies, you'll really enjoy these. If you are a serious baker, I urge you to visit Culinary Trends. Here's the New York Times recipe scaled to make half a batch of cookies.

Nutter Butter Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of the New York Times and Bouchon Bakery

Ingredients:

Cookie Dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, preferably Skippy
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped peanuts (omitted and used crunchy peanut butter)
1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
Cookie Filling:
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, preferably Skippy
3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) To make cookie dough: In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and peanut butter. Add sugars and beat at medium speed for 3-4 minutes, scraping down bowl twice. At low speed, add egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until well mixed, frequently scraping down bowl. Add peanuts (if using) and oats, and mix well. Using an ice cream scoop 2 inches in diameter or an extremely heaping tablespoon, place balls of dough on parchment-lined baking sheets at least three inches apart. Bake until cookies have spread and turned very light golden brown, about 10-14 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool and firm up, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before filling.
3) To make filling: Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth.
4) To assemble cookies: Spread a thin layer (about 1/8 inch) on underside of a cookie. Sandwich with another cookie. Repeat. Yield: 12 large cookies.

Cook's Note: A specific peanut butter is listed in the ingredient list, both here and at Culinary Trends. Interestingly, not all peanut butters taste the same. Apparently the staff at Bouchon prefers Skippy. It is not an advertisement.

You might also like these recipes:
Nutter Butter Cookies - Look I Made That
Chewy No-Bake Nutter Butter Bars - Picky Palate
Homemade Nutter Butters - Erin Cooks
A Tour of the Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, CA - Baking Bites
Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Brownies - Lawyer Loves Lunch
Thomas Keller Oreos - Dishing Up Delights
Pink Grapefruit Cake - Playing House
Pineapple Upside Down Cake - Seasalt with Food
Thomas Keller Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - Cookie Madness
Thomas Keller Chocolate Chip Cookies - Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine
Thomas Keller Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Culinary Idea Lab
Thomas Keller's Gingerbread Cookies - Eat Me Daily
Thomas Keller's Black Walnut Snow Cookies - Delish
Thomas Keller's Sugar Cookies - Tokyo Terrace
Shortbread Cookies - Minneapolis Hunter

83 comments:

yummychunklet said...

Yum! The store-bought ones are tasty, but these look even better!

Living in a Tea Cup said...

Home-made cookies win hands down everytime in my book. These sound Yummy.
Thankyou for stopping by my teacup page and for your lovely words.
Cheers

Julia @ DimpleArts said...

These look delicious!

Hovkonditorn said...

Yummy, so delicious! Have a nice day, hugs!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like something I'd enjoy trying:@)

Cherine said...

Those cookies must be addictive!

kitchen flavours said...

These cookies looks really good. Though I am not a great fan of peanut butter, but yes, Skippy is my preferred brand. Thanks for sharing.

tandysinclair.com said...

I love home made cookies :)

Ana Rita said...

These look incredible!!!
what great cookies...

Have a blessesd day,
Rita

Priya said...

Cookies looks simply incredible..lovely..

CaThY said...

wow, I love these cookies, anything with peanut butter turns me on! hahaha ;)

pommes cannelles said...

thank you for your nice message on my blog.
I also love what you cook
See you soon
Bye

Three-Cookies said...

They look absolutely irresistible. The bigger the better, the more the merrier!:)

hosted outlook said...

This is just so mouth-drooling!! Am loving it!!

The Chef In My Head said...

I am officially changing your blog name to "Hits Home Runs Daily". Yum! ~Leslie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mary, I can't imagine that these could possibly be made in a size too big!! ;) Blessings ~ Tanna

Suman Singh said...

Homemade cookies are much better than store bought ones..these looks wonderful and delicious..love the filling..so yum!Thanks for the recipe!

Jay said...

ohh...wow my mouth is watering..just looking at this..
Tasty Appetite

EliFla said...

Hi dear Mary..I really missed your special recipes..I'm back..thanks as always, hugs, Flavia

Clint said...

The cookies look terrific, of course, but I am drawn to comment on another point you have raised.

The cooking shows that feature certain "celebrity chefs" and such have provided me quite a bit of entertainment. My feeling is that these shows have raised an interest in cooking in general and have been good for the craft. If I were a truly great chef, I might feel otherwise!

Love your blog. And thank you for always taking time to leave a well thought out comment on mine. Blessings!

bellini valli said...

They sound amazing Mary. My future son in law loves peanut butter so I will need to give them a try!

The Blonde Duck said...

I like soft chewy PB cookies! But these would do. :)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

you said homely? Not at all, they look fantastic, I wouldn't mind having a number of them!

Mamatkamal said...

These biscuits sound heavenly with that creamy peanut butter. Oh, my!
Have a great day Mary!
Cheers,

Jeannie said...

I love the look of these cookies.... Did u say they are crispy? Yum!

Harika's Kitchen said...

Crispy and yummy looks grt.

ARLENE said...

My DSO loves peanut butter cookies the way his aunt used to make them. Unfortunately, I never got her recipe nor did anyone else. Since these are crispy, I think they'd fit the bill. They're going on my "to do" list.

Jenn said...

I LOVE nutter butter cookies. When I was a kid I could literally eat the whole package of them...ok, who am I trying to kid? I could STILL eat the whole package of them! Will definitely be trying these!

crystal.cattle said...

These look wonderful! At first though I thought it said Bacon Bakery's Nutter Butter Cookies. Now won't those be interesting. My grandma always had a variety of cookies on hand. Especially, during the summers so we could take cookies out to the field when my grandpa and dad were haying.

Karen Harris said...

My son has a Nutter Butter addiction. I'm making these for him. Thanks for the recipe

Astra Libris said...

WOW... These look amazing beyond belief! Just look at the texture of the cookies and the creaminess of the filling!

brandi @ BranAppetit said...

These look perfect!

MissCakeBaker said...

I love oat based cookies and these look great. I think I could eat a saucer sized one!

Rita said...

I always say you can't go wrong with oatmeal in cookies and these sound and look really appetizing.
Rita

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Awesome cookies...crispy and crunchy...

Victor said...

Looks heavenly good! I want some!

dr.antony said...

Hi,
first time here, I should have come earlier.
Tempting recipes.I haven't seen a tastier blog!

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh man- I LOVE nutter butter cookies and these look SO good!! I would die for some right now :)

Sues

Pam said...

Yum! They look so appetizing! I love nutter butter cookies and will be trying it your way!

Jean said...

this looks so buttery rich and crunchy! not forgetting the nutty filling. what more can I ask for? :)

Catherine said...

Dear Mary, I love the filling in these cookies...I think these cookies would go great sharing a cup of good coffee.. Blessings and have a good day..Catherine xo

ping said...

I'm glad you paid a visit to my blog. I am now a fan of yours. Such gorgeous pictures and I do love the wide range of recipes you have.
Have a lovely weekend!

CkretsGalore said...

Hubby said I'm not allowed to make those. They look too good!

Beloved Green said...

I make a pumpkin cream cookie similar to this. They make my tummy very happy, I'm sure these would do the same.

Ginny said...

Now you've got me wanting to buy some different peanut butters and compare! These look so good! Not too big for me. How about with a cup of coffee or tea for lunch! Cookie lunch!

lena said...

i love peanut butter cookies , both asian and western type and thanks for the link on culinary trends.

Katerina said...

I know at least one member of my family who would devour them, or may be two. They look delicious!

That Girl said...

I'm a total Thomas Keller fan

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

I WILL be making these sometime...when I can splurge that is! I don't think these could be lightened up nor would I want them to be. :)

Abby said...

These look so wonderful! You make the best things!

Holly said...

Mmmm My kiddos would eat these up! Especially my little Kelsey. These are her favorite treats. She'll be so happy when I make them at home. :)

Claudia said...

I have never had a nutter-butter cookie and I cannot think of a better way to start. I own The French Lundry cookbook and have yet to cook from it - and I've had it over ten years. I will take it in hand tonight. And have noted those mammoth cookies - I don't suppose I could serve them for dinner? I know they will please.

Wendy Irene said...

For me personally, there is no better dessert than a cookie. Peanut Butter being a favorite ingredient of mine makes me excited to try this recipe sometime. I am going to bookmark it. I’m thinking because it is a sandwich cookie, smaller would be a good idea so I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for the inspiration!

A girl named Elliott said...

I have always loved Nutter Butters. I will have to try this out, post haste!

nanny said...

Oh for a plate of those with a glass of milk!!! Beautiful!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Those cookies looks so perfect and delicious!

Anonymous said...

These look like the old Girls Scout cookie - Savannahs. Loved them! Thank you for scaling down the recipe.

Martha in KS

Design Wine and Dine said...

OK, is there a such thing as a cookie that's too BIG?! maybe. maybe not.

I love what you're saying here as I too (while I really enjoy so many chefs...celebrity chefs included) I do not understand the (like you say) "colt following" that turns them into GOD in some peoples eyes.

They are Chefs (some excellent ones) but most of them are not (if any) saving the world...

Curtis Stone comes close with that face and body...but still ;)

Sue said...

That's funny:) I posted some p. butter sandwich cookies today also. Yours sound wonderful!

TeaLady said...

These cookies look fantastic. PB!! Cannot beat that.

Thanks so much for visiting. Always glad to have guests.

LOVE your header picture. Beautiful

Mary said...

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lostpastremembered said...

I love peanut butter cookies! These look wonderful... but then anything Keller makes is always perfect. I made peanut butter cookies a month or so ago... could it be time for more???

Joanne said...

Keller's cookies are renowned for being obscenely large. I love how peanutty these are! Definitely something I need to try...maybe I'll just skip lunch and eat them as a meal!

JG said...

Cookies with oats + peanut butter! I will be baking these.
~Judy

Ben said...

For some reason I've never cared for peanut butter (as outrageous as that might sound) but these look like they could work well with the almond butter I use instead. Very nice, Mary!

Ben
http://kissthecook-ben.blogspot.com/

The Sweetylicious said...

it look so lovely and yummy! (: (:

Miri Leigh said...

These cookies look so savory. Thanks for sharing!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Nothing can compare to home made cookies. Peanut butter is my favorite and Skippy is the brand I always buy. I am going to make this for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Elaine said...

Oh, wow, Mary. I am with the Silver Fox. I know I would love these!

A little bit of everything said...

home made cookies are always the best and yours look so great.
I'd enjoy some with a cup of tea.
thanks for sharing Mary

-Arielle- said...

They look delicious! I wish I could make all of your recipes!

briarrose said...

Wonderful job on these...I instantly wanted one as soon as I saw the picture. :)

mia xara said...

Mary, I'll have to say that yours truly can consume cookies of any size(even if they're not meant for "mere mortals").Will try them with my organic PB though, because SKIPPY is not sold in Quebec..Thank you for sharing!!:)

Gen said...

So peanut-butteresque! I love these cookies!

Lizzy said...

Oh, my...these look fabulous, Mary!

Buttercup said...

Thank you! I love Bouchon Bakery and live just about a mile away. I stop there whenever I can -- but not too often, so it's still a treat. Everything is wonderful.

Lucie said...

Just came home from a family vacation to your great selection of peanut recipes--for the cookie monster in me, these sound great :)

Cooking Creation said...

Mary, you never cease to amaze me with your recipes. My mouth is watering right now! Have a blessed day!

Bizzy said...

I am wondering if I could make this with almond butter and almonds. I have an open bottle of almond butter and my husband who loves nuts, does not particularly like peanut butter. It seems to be too good a cookie, not to make it.

My Little Space said...

How I wish I have a dozen of these right now! Yummmm....
Kristy

Dee said...

Oh my gosh! These look lovely! I have to make these, like yesterday! You have a very lovely blog. Thanks for stopping by mine :)

Eliana said...

Hmmm - these look sinful! Oh yes - and that Keller, he's amazing.

Esi said...

Thomas Keller (and his restaurants) certainly have some great recipes. Nice looking cookies!

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