Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Homemade Nutter Butters

Homemade Nutter Butters are a literal game changer. They are soft, with crisp edges, loaded with peanut butter flavor and filled with a delicious peanut butter buttercream!

Ok, so Nutter Butter Cookies from the supermarket are good, they are. And surely, the whole idea of making Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies is totally extra…but friends, these are REALLY good. Like omg YESSSSS good. Plus, you probably have all the Nutter Butter Ingredients in your kitchen right now!AND they’re soft, so they kinda win by default.

Soft cookies > Hard cookies all day everyday.

Homemade Nutter Butters

The steps are easy, but there are a few. Stay with me.

Of course, you will need peanut butter…

You’ll be using it in the cookie dough and the filling.

The dough comes together quickly, but you will need to chill it for an hour, so it’s easy to roll into little logs.

You’ll roll them in some granulated sugar, and then use a fork to create the criss-cross shape.

Then give the center a pinch, to get the classic Nutter Butter shape!

Then bake them until they are golden brown at the edges.

Homemade Nutter Butters

NOTE – if they spread too much while they’re baking, just give the middles a little pinch while they’re warm to keep the shape!

Let them cool, make your filling and pair them up to create the sandwiches.


You won’t ever want to buy store bought Nutter Butters again!

Homemade Nutter Butters

I’ll take 4 please!


Homemade Nutter Butters

Homemade Nutter Butters

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade Nutter Butters are a peanut butter lovers dream!



  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup extra granulated sugar for rolling


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 23 tablespoons milk



  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add in eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and baking powder continuing to mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  2. Turn the mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375Β°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Form the chilled dough into 1- inch balls and then roll them into a log shape. Coat each log inΒ  granulated sugar and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Using a fork, press down on the dough creating a criss-cross pattern. Pinch the center to create the peanut shape.
  5. Bake for 7-8 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool on baking sheet 2-3 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to continue cooling.


  1. In the clean bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and peanut butter together on medium speed until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and beat until filling is smooth. Add your milk, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  2. 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.


*if your cookies spread too much pinch the middles when they come out of the oven so your “nut” shape is preserved!
store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Keywords: nutter butter cookie recipe, homemade peanut butter cookies, easy cookie recipe


144 Responses

  1. I want 50 shades of deliciousness in my mouth right now! I was actually SERIOUSLY craving some nutter butters the other day (oh, pregnancy) and could get my hands on any. I’m just going to have to make these to satisfy a delayed craving. πŸ˜‰ They look like the real thing!

  2. Janine (sugarkissed.net)

    Oh man, nutter butters are the best! These have got tone beyond delicious! I luv how u made them in the traditional nutter butter shape too.

  3. I need these. Your husband is nuts. I’ve heard a lot of people are reading 50 shades of grey, but no one will say what it is about except that it gets kinky.

    1. It’s kinky, sexy, romantic, …..indescribable. It’s about a soon-to-be/recent college grad who meets a young billionaire. Relations ensue. Definitely worth a read.

      Ignore the comments below; I didn’t have any issue with the quality of the writing and I love to consider myself a picky reader.

  4. Monica

    Nutter Butters are Da-Bomb! I printed the recipe and will make after my husband and I eat the Fruity Pebbles rice krispy treats I made A-N-D the sugar cookie cheesecake I made (both in one day and it’s only the 2 of us). Oh boy!

  5. Liz

    I can’t wait to make these. I will be doing a few of your recipes for an event this weekend. πŸ™‚
    Have you read 50 Shades of Grey? Sounds like it. πŸ™‚

    1. shelly

      What are you making?
      I am about half way through with 50 Shades.. It’s very, ummm, well…
      Honestly, it’s not my favorite book. Not because of all the sexy-time, but because the writing is so so bad.

      1. Devon

        I couldn’t agree more on your book review! We are reading it for my book club right now (THAT should be an interesting discussion!) and I can’t even get over how atrocious the writing is.

          1. Maria

            Love nutter butters, can’t wait to try there. 50 shades of grey is a copy of the Story of O, and not as well written…

    1. shelly

      Yeah, you’re not going to want to check this out at the library. This is an “in private”, “download so there is no evidence” kinda book.

  6. SWeetsugarbelle

    Hahaha, first I thought this said homemade nutbutter, and I was like ehhh, prolly won’t make that, but then I saw what it REALLY was, and um yeah, you know I’ll be making cookies!!!!!

  7. It’s good to have a dirty post every now and then! πŸ™‚ And those cookies look AMAZE-BALLS (erm, logs)…. Nutter Butters and I are good friends, so I’ll have to try these sometime SOON!

  8. Amazing. I never liked peanut butter cookies until recently (crazy?) but I love peanut butter and these look like I must have them!
    Pizza dough from a can? What is that? Ha

    Honestly, I have a man like that too. He appreciates everything I make, and then out of the blue he begs for blue box mac and cheese! Men

  9. Alicia Rogers

    This thing looks fun. It was great to have the pictures along with the recipe. It should help me make the cookies in a better way.
    Thanks for sharing.


  10. I laughed SO hard reading this post. My co_worker was also reading 50 Shades of Grey and said it was different than she expected ;). I just made a chocolate cake w/ peanut butter filling. The filling is exactly the same as above and I have extra so all I have to make is the cookies. I know my guy and his co-workers willLOVE these.

  11. cherise

    I can think of a great reason to make these. I can make them gluten-free!! Haven’t had a Nutter Butter in years. Thanks for posting! I’m going to adapt it, die and go to a peanut butter filled heaven.

    1. Lynne

      I’m glad you said that! I was reading through the comments to see if anyone else had tried it. I’m going to send the recipe to my sister who cooks GF/CF for my nephew.

  12. Jenah Parris

    OMG!!! Really? Thanks a lot! This is destine to become the downfall of my family! LOL! We are HUGE Nutterbutter fans. These sound amazing! My least favorite part of the Nutterbutter is that it is hard! Oh man! Can’t wait to try these!

  13. Debra Kapellakis

    OH MY! Who in their right mind would choose store bought over homemade? EVER! lol I haven’t seen nutter butter cookies in over 20 years, WOW! My kids will now taste something I grew up on. Yeah! thank you for sharing

  14. Um okay, these look amazing! And um, okay, I LOVED 50 shades…I read the whole trilogy because I am convinced I’m in love with Christian Grey, lol, totally kidding and now blushing since I’ve written that outloud, lol! I really liked the books though. Yes, not the best writer, but I love the way she makes you feel every emotion Anasthasia is feeling. Like here I was just thinking oh what a cute romance, then I got to chapter 8 and I’m like oh wait, I can’t keep reading this, just as she is like oh wait, I can’t keep “doing” this…it is addicting! Books 1 & 3 are my faves! Thanks for posting this awesome recipe! My hubbs will thank you as well!

  15. Shirley

    Oh. My. Gosh. These look amazing – can’t wait to try them!! Thanks for sharing your creativeness – although my waistline won’t thank you. Maybe we need a link to a good exercise blog to kinda balance things out…!!

  16. Marie in Va

    These look fabulous! Going to have to try them!
    And trust me… once you finish book 1– you’ll have to read book 2 and 3 immediately…….they don’t disappoint ;)Ahhhh Christian Grey…. πŸ™‚

  17. I’m like the opposite version of your husband. I’m a girl. And I love all things homemade more than boxed mix. Especially when those things involve soft cookies over hard. I’d rather reserve my hard things for…well. Other things. You’re rubbing off on me.

    I’m stopping now. πŸ˜›

  18. Karen

    So excited to give these a whirl! Down here I don’t have easy access to Nutter Butters and they are my favourite bikkie from when we lived in Canada… thank you thank you thank you! πŸ™‚

  19. Michelle

    I just only found this post through pinterest, and quite apart from the facts that I’ve never heard of a NutterButter, and peanut butter cookies are my favourite, this is so hilariously written that I had to comment to say thanks for making me laugh (and drool).

  20. Emily

    Love your blog! I think we’re sisters seperated at birth or something and coincidentally, I’m also half way through 50 Shades of Grey. Keep the goodies coming and yay for peanut butter!

  21. We are huge nutter butter fans in our house, bu they never last long enough. I can’t wait to try your recipe, and I have to admit, I just received my copy of 50 Shades in the mail from Amazon. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it in the bookstore. Hope it’s as good as everyone’s saying it is πŸ™‚

  22. These look so good! And, now, having just read this with my 13 year old son peering over my shoulder, he might become your new blog follower as he found your commentary about what you did with the dough logs so hilarious! =)

  23. Norma

    YUM! These are in the frige waiting to be rolled in sugar and baked. Can’t wait. Sure hope they’re better than that awful 50 shades book. My cookies are strong, independent women. They don’t like stalker men. πŸ™‚

  24. Carla


    Then you’ll need to squish, fork and pinch the logs. I can’t believe I just typed that.

    thanks for the laugh. and enjoy your sexy-time book. i’m on page 371 πŸ™‚ and i was stoopid enough to buy a hard copy (pun intended)

    1. shelly

      hahahaha, I downloaded the book and am almost done with the first. I wanted no hard evidence…pun ALSO intended πŸ˜‰

  25. sara

    i made these tonight and it was a disaster! well, they tasted amazing. of course. i used margarine instead of butter, which was definitely the problem. they still TASTED good, but they looked absolutely ridiculous. i’d definitely recommend making them with real butter!

    1. Angela

      I used real butter and mine turned out gigantic… they were still tasty and I am sure I followed the recipe exactly, they even mellowed in the fridge for an extra hour. They still tasted great!

  26. Marra

    FABULOUS FOOD PORN…both the recipe and your delicious instructions. I’m making them now and couldn’t stop licking the batter off of…well…the spoon. πŸ™‚

  27. Amy

    These are amazing!!!! I have made them on several accounts and for several different groups of people. Everyone was highly impressed and wanted the recipe! Thanks for a great, delicious & fun recipe!

  28. Tarah

    Hey Shelly – These taste incredible!

    I just baked two batches, and I have the remaining dough in the fridge to firm up a little more. I’m not sure if I started out with too large of a dough ball before squishing, but the cookies ended up baking into eachother on the tray (I did space them out the 2 inches), and they did not hold their peanut shape. They are very large and look like ovals now instead of the cute little peanut shapes I started out with. Is it possible that this is a result of the dough being too warm?

    Any advice would be great – thanks!!

    1. shelly

      If they spread out too much when they are done baking you can always pinch the centers back into shape as soon as the come out of the oven, but yes, too much spreading would make me think that the dough was too warm, or the oven temp was low and and you baked them longer πŸ™‚

  29. Diane

    Things made from scratch just taste better <3 Last night my honey wouldn't stop saying, "I want something sweet" so I figured I'd make these today (saw it on Pinterest) to surprise him. I'm thankful to have a man that really appreciates home made goodness – LOL he's gonna flip when he sees these. They are so cute. The cookies are in the oven right now (was a tasty batter!) and I'm just about to make the filling. Very good recipe! Thanks for sharing!! (c:

  30. Janna

    Thank you for this recipe! I will try these. A year ago we switched to all natural, artificial dyes and preservatives free food. My kids have asked for nutter butters several times since then. They will be beyond thrilled when we make these tomorrow. We are planning to go gluten free soon too, so this will be great to try with gluten free flour. Thanks again!

  31. Amanda

    So I made these for my first time shortly after you posted this recipe… I am making them again for the 3rd or 4th time tonight! Love them! Every time I have made them, they come out just the same and every time, they are amazing! Thank you for sharing a recipe for my family’s new favorite cookies!

  32. actually a really great reason to make these are that you live in Canada were nutter butters are unknown and unavailable! bless you for posting this recipe! my suffering is over!

  33. Lisa

    Thank you! My husband loves Nutter Butters, but can no longer eat them since he discovered that he has a gluten sensitivity. I can make these with alternative flours and he can have them again.

  34. Thank you! I have been seriously craving some dessert, but every time I look at the refrigerated dough in the grocery store I just can’t do it. So I thought to myself, where can I find some cookies to make out of ingredients I already have? I’m too broke top buy anything extra, btw. Of course my Self said, “Shelly!” because Self thinks that you two are personal friends that you can ref*er to by first name, while I just admire you, your blog and baking skills.

  35. Okay, I just made these. Literally just made the frosting and smushed them together, took a bite, and… had to run to the computer to express my love. Yummmm. I halved the recipe and only ended up with nine, so I think I may have made them a bit too big but whose complaining about giant nutter butters? Not this girl. I’m going to have a hard time only eating one tonight and I’m seriously considering hiding them so no one can find them in the morning. Thanks for this!

  36. These cookies are fabulous, but i made mine too big and they stuck together..Lol oh well at least I can still eat them. Haha the recipe makes like 35 cookies…well more cookies for me!

  37. Oh, there is definitely a reason to make these at home – ’cause if you’re gluten-free you can’t eat the ones from the store. (Yes, I know this recipe isn’t GF, either, but the recipe can be adapted – the premade cookies can’t be!)

    Haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey personally, so I can’t comment on the writing quality, but I have to say that I quite enjoyed reading all of the disparaging reviews on Amazon. THEY are well-written, anyway – and hilarious!

  38. Claudia

    My three year old will be so excited. He was eating nutter butters the other morning and said mommy, these would be even better if you could make them from scratch. You know everything tastes better from scratch. Let’s just whip up a batch of them right now. Thankfully he does not share your hubby’s and my hubby’s opinion of cookies from a box.

  39. Jayne Austin would be horrified

    They should call it 50 shades of hypocrisy. If your husbands were reading a pornographic book all you women would be up in arms about the injustice of it and how filthy men are, but now it is in the “cute and naughty” category because it is women. Utter hypocrisy.

  40. michele

    I love nutter butters!!! oooo gosh i was drooling and making weird sounds just reading this and looking at the pictures! hahaha I got to make these! my Fiance will love me even more if I make him some lol

  41. sara

    I just made the cookies and they came out AMAZING. we are mostly non-PB fans, but e/o did not stop taking till I took them off the counter. Didn’t make the filling yet because even tho they were such a great hit I’m a bit apprehensive about putting a PB filling in PB cookies… any ideas for maybe a vanilla filling? Thank you!

  42. Mary

    Just want to say thanks for this recipe. I am allergic to peanuts (became allergic as an adult) and have missed nutter butters. I can now make them with soy butter.

  43. Wendy K

    I made these yesterday. I absolutely could not get a decent peanut shape to save my life. I even made time little logs and they still expanded to an insane size. Oh well. I even took a picture because I’m totally making it into one of those pinterest ‘nailed it’ pictures– that’s how bad they looked. I eventually gave up attempting to make peanut shapes (maybe I will try a cookie cutter next time, LoL) and just made regular shaped cookies.
    So, despite their hilarious shape they were really good. And I don’t even like peanut butter. At all. And I have managed to eat half of them since last night.

    1. Shelly

      That’s crazy, but kind of funny.. thanks for heaving a sense of humor about it! Maybe next time chill the dough? I didn’t have to, but different climates could certainly yield a different result πŸ™‚

  44. I found several homemade nutter butter recipes via Pinterest and yours looked the best, so I decided to give it a try. It turned out perfectly and was oh so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  45. These look awesome! I’m cursing myself for not liking peanut butter right now.
    My other half wouldn’t dare express the sentiment of anything from a packet being as good as something I’d made, in case I never made him anything else ever again haha. Definitely questioning your hubby’s mental state.

  46. This is my first real pinterest success and OH MY GOD they are perfect. We have some left over spread, which will be used on toast in the morning. WOW. I’m not even a huge peanut butter fan but I could eat all of these right now – and this recipe makes a LOT.


  47. Christine M

    Oh I can’t wait to try this. I saw the recipe for a contest and pinned it but I definitely will be making these this weekend. BTW I love how you have photos of “stained” cookie sheets. Not like other bloggers who have perfect cookie sheets. Makes me know you are really baking πŸ˜‰

  48. Allen Scott

    OMG!! I just found your blog (suggested by Facebook) and it is great! I’m a guy who loves baking around the holidays for my family. U wit makes me enjoy it 100 times more than just reading recipes. Keep up the good work!

  49. BobbiLynn Peters

    I love reading the write ups as much as I love baking your recipes! This one made me laugh right out loud! SO funny!

  50. Crystal

    OMG these look delicious. I think I will put a twist on it though and add two hershey kisses to the top. Like a peanut butter blossom, only way better!

  51. DJ

    You are a hoot! I’m definitely going to make these. I’ve made the icing for years, as my Mother put it on homemade cinnamon rolls, and now, that’s the only way my kids love them! Thanks for sharing the great idea.!

  52. John Sheppard

    These turned out amazing. I’ll never buy a nutter butter again. They weren’t that difficult to make and I am a novice when it comes to baking. They were the last item put out for our guests and the first item that we ran out of.

  53. Deb

    I’m so happy to see this recipe again – I was looking for it Tuesday night and couldn’t find it, so I used a similar recipe from a different site and they weren’t as good. I get requests from my husband’s coworkers to make these from time to time, so I’ll definitely save the recipe this time. They are the best! I’m actually lazy and don’t shape them into the nutter butter shape anymore, but they are equally delicious round πŸ™‚

    1. Shelly

      Oh no!! You know what happened…I republished it with the newer photos and I bet you were searching it while I had it in drafts being updated! I make them round all the time too!

  54. Debbi S

    My husband is a huge peanut butter fan and these look fab!
    The only thing that comes to mind is to perhaps dip them
    in chocolate!! What could be wrong with that???

  55. Rosa

    Super cute! I wanted to say, though, that I love your cookie tray. A well worn cookie tray is a thing of beauty. ?

    1. Shelly

      That can happen for a few reasons…type of baking sheet being one of them…BUT no worries! If that happens, an easy way to get the shape back is as soon as they come out of the oven just pinch the centers in gently to reshape them!

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  63. Amanda

    If I refrigerate the filling for a couple days before putting them on the cookies will it then be okay to sit out in room temp (in airtight container) for 3 days?

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