By Melissa Wickline
Contributing Writer 

Lewis County Recipes: Healthier Nutter Butter Cookies Dunked in Chocolate

 
Series: Lewis County Recipes | Story 11

September 10, 2020

Healthier Nutter Butter Cookies Dunked in Chocolate

Nothing says a perfect marriage like peanut butter and chocolate. As I get older, I'm constantly working on ways to make my childhood favorites healthier so I can continue to enjoy them guilt-free.

With only seven ingredients, this alternative is an easy, quick way to have delicious Nutter Butter cookies made with no processed sugars.

This recipe comes from Half-Baked Harvest. If you haven't discovered their website, you will find many of your old favorites altered to a healthier version with beautiful photographs of delicious treats. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup real maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3.2 ounces dark chocolate, melted

flaky sea salt (optional)

Filling:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature

2-3 tablespoons real maple syrup

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour and baking powder, beat until combined and the dough begins to form a ball. If the dough is crumbly, add 2-3 teaspoons water. If the dough feels moist, add 1-2 tablespoons flour.


3. Roll the dough into tablespoon size balls. Cut each ball in half, press the 2 balls together, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten each cookie. Using a fork, create a crosshatch pattern (see above photos). Transfer to the oven and bake for 9-10 minutes.

4. To make the filling, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and maple syrup until combined. Spread an even layer on one cookie and sandwich another on top.

5. To make dipping easier, freeze the cookies for 10 minutes. Then drizzle or dip the cookies into chocolate. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Eat...or let the chocolate harden and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

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