Homemade Nutter Butters

These homemade Nutter Butters are such a fun and nostalgic treat! This healthier version is made with only 3 ingredients. They are bursting with fresh peanut butter flavor!
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Remember the iconic Nutter Butters? Crispy, crunchy cookies sandwiched with creamy peanut butter goodness – a classic childhood treat. We created these homemade Nutter Butters so you can enjoy them with real food ingredients!

These cookies are bursting with a rich peanut butter flavor. They require just 3 ingredients and take only 20 minutes to make. Kids love them!

Homemade nutter butters.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These homemade Nutter Butters require only 3 ingredients!
  • This recipe takes just 20 minutes from start to finish.
  • Real peanut butter takes center stage, both in the cookies and the filling, delivering a rich, nutty flavor that’s impossible to resist.
  • Feeling adventurous? Experiment with different nut butter, add a sprinkle of chocolate chips, or even dip them in melted chocolate for a decadent treat.
  • This recipe uses simple ingredients and requires minimal baking skills, making it perfect for beginners and experienced bakers alike.
  • These cookies are grain free, gluten free, egg free, dairy free, vegan, and contain no refined sugar.
  • They are great for many diets and lifestyles. So are these Peanut Butter Eggs!
  • Check out these Peanut Butter Brownies for another delicious dessert recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these homemade nutter butter cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Choose all natural creamy peanut butter for the best flavor and texture. If you are nut-free, use sunflower butter.

Pure maple syrup adds natural sweetness. If needed, use honey or date syrup.

Almond flour adds a slightly nutty flavor. We have not tried this recipe using another flour, but whole wheat may work.

Ingredients for homemade nutter butters.

Taste & Texture

These homemade Nutter Butters have a strong peanut butter flavor!

The cookies are mostly soft, with slightly chewy edges.

The filling is extra smooth and creamy!

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.  Stir together.

Thick peanut butter dough.

Step 3

Roll the dough into ½ inch sized balls.  Place 2 balls next to each other on the lined pan.  Continue for the remaining dough.

Dough balls touching on pan.

Step 4

Gently press down on each ball with a fork, creating a criss-cross pattern.

Criss cross pattern on dough.

Step 5

Next, bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until just set around the edges.

Baked nutter butter cookies.

Step 6

Remove the pan from the oven.

Step 7

Once the homemade Nutter Butters are fully cooled, spread peanut butter on half the cookies.  Top with the other half of the cookies.  Serve!

Peanut butter sandwich cookies.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips and tricks to make the best homemade Nutter Butters.

First, choose peanut butter made from only peanuts and salt.

Use almond flour. It allows the cookies to remain soft.

Make the cookie dough balls small. They tend to hold together better once baked.

Allow these gluten-free Nutter Butters to fully cool before adding the filling.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

While the classic peanut butter flavor is irresistible, feel free to get creative with your homemade Nutter Butters:

Chocolate-Dipped: Dip half of each sandwich cookie in melted chocolate for a decadent twist.

Almond Joy: Use almond butter in place of peanut butter and add shredded coconut to the filling for a tropical flair.

Spice It Up: Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to the cookie dough for a warm, spiced version.

How to Serve & Store

Enjoy your homemade Nutter Butters with a glass of milk, your favorite coffee, or simply savor them on their own.

They store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use natural peanut butter?

Yes, we recommend using natural peanut butter for these homemade Nutter Butters!

Is there a nut-free version?

Absolutely! Substitute sunflower seed butter for a nut-free alternative that still offers a delightful taste and texture.

Peanut butter cookies with pattern.

Equipment Needed

Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: I always use these mixing bowls.

Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: These parchment paper sheets are great for baking these gluten free nutter butters.

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