Friday, December 28, 2012

Bouchon Bakery's Nutter Butters

My foodie dream day would be spent in Yountville, CA. I would have breakfast at Bouchon Bakery, dine at Ad Hoc for lunch, and the grand finale would be dinner at The French Laundry. There would be lots of horse carriage riding and wine tastings. This day will most likely never happen. Or it may happen eventually, but probably not til I'm old and decrepit and my grandchildren want to treat me to something fancy. Until then, I can only pout at home and attempt to recreate Thomas Keller's recipes.

I made Bouchon Bakery's Nutter Butters, which is a recipe that was featured in the New York Times. I only made 1/4 of the original recipe, which still yielded four ginormous cookie sandwiches. I only made a small batch since the original recipe calls for four (4!) sticks of butter, and I figured the fam bam didn't need that much fat in their diet. 

In a bowl, melt 1 stick of butter. Cream together with 1/6 cup of peanut butter. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and mix well.

Add 1/2 an egg and a dash of vanilla extract, then stir well. Add 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1/2 tsp of baking powder, and mix well again.

Add a little over a cup of oats and stir to mix well once more.

Using an ice cream scoop, place balls of dough on a greased baking sheet. You do not need to flatten them because the dough will spread.

Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned on the edges. Let cool.

In a separate bowl, make the filling by melting 2 Tbsp butter. Mix with 1/8 cup of peanut butter, then stir in 1/3 cup of powdered sugar. Cream together til smooth. Yes my spoon has Tigger on it. 

Spread the frosting on on the underside of one cookie and top with a second cookie. If you have trouble spreading the frosting, heat for a little bit in the microwave so that it's softer and more spreadable.

My sister ate one and loved it. My dad ate a second one and said that it was one of the best cookies he's ever had. I think this recipe is a winner. Btw, I'm super jealous of my mom's bake ware (look how pretty that casserole dish is!)

Would I make this again? Yes, this is a fantastic cookie, although definitely a special occasion type of deal. I'd probably make it again for my family in the future since they liked them so much.

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