Monday, August 27, 2012

Nutty Butter Cookies and Pieke Dassen

If you enjoy the taste of  nuts and butter in your cookies and if you are looking for a cookie recipe that contains your favorite nut butter with some added crunch from chopped nuts and oats,  you will certainly enjoy the taste of the Nutty Butter Cookies.

This recipe does not necessarily have to contain peanut butter. It can be adapted to a nut butter of your choice, I baked these cookies using almond butter and chopped almonds. The dough also contains oats that are toasted in butter before they are being mixed into the dough, that enhances the nutty flavor of the cookie and adds an extra bit of crunchiness.

Recipe for Nutty Butter Cookies
(as adapted from MSL, April 2012)


1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, softened
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup plus 2 tbsp AP flour (you could also use whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
one pinch of fine sea salt
1/3 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 package pure vanilla sugar (you can also use 2 tsp pure vanilla extract)
1 egg (L)
1/2 cup almond nut butter (you can also use a different nut butter such as peanut butter)
1/2 cup chopped almonds  (you can also use different nuts such as peanuts but remember to stick with one type of nut/nut butter per cookie batch)


1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt one 1/2 stick butter then add the oats, and cook, stirring, until toasted, about five minutes.
2. Spread the oat mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let cool for a few minutes.
3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
5. With a mixer on medium high speed, beat together the remaining stick of butter, the sugars and the vanilla sugar until the butter mixture turns pale and fluffy.
6. Add the egg, and beat until combined., then add the nut butter of your choice, and beat on medium speed until well combined.
7. Add the oat mixture and  the chopped nuts of your choice, and beat on low speed until combined, then add the flour mixture, and beat until combined.
8. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls or use an ice cream scoop and place cookie dough on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.
9. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheets before transferring to wire racks.

Note: These cookies keep well for about a week if stored in cookie tins.

I took these pictures of my cookies at the back of the tourist information centre in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The wall painting in my photos is dedicated to Pieke Dassen, a well-known Dutch actor, puppeteer, singer and painter, who was born in 1926 in Rotterdam, lived and worked in Maastricht until his death in 2007.

For more information:
Pieke Dassen:
Maastricht Tourist Information Centre:


  1. Hi Andrea, it's midnight and milk and cookies it's all I'd like now.
    Yours would be just perfect. Could we organise a DHL between Bonn and Switzerland?

    I've "liked" your FB page <3

    1. Thank you, Carola - DHL overnight should work, after all, Switzerland is not that far away and I would gladly ship you some cookies, although, you have been baking so many delicious things yourself!
      Have a great Tuesday!

  2. What an awesome background to take your photos!!! These cookies sound amazing. I wouldn't mind one (or three) with my afternoon tea!

    1. Beth, thanks so much, I just adore this "hidden place", it is a little hard to find and I "stumbled upon" it when taking a tour of the City. So before our next visit to Maastricht, I baked the cookies, packed them up and went back to this wonderful place to take these pictures.

  3. Your photos are always so interesting in their composition. The oats toasted in butter must add so much flavor and texture to these cookies.

    1. Karen, thank you for your nice comment - the toasted oats are indeed a nice addition to these cookies, I had never toasted oats in butter before but the end result is delicious and the smell is wonderful.

  4. I agree - you do always find the best places to take your pictures.
    And the buttered & toasted oats are an AMAZING idea. I will have to have to remember this.

  5. Wow! Truly fantastic background. I adore almond butter - it's such a nice change from peanuts!

    1. Kristi, thank you so much, almond butter tastes wonderful and it is indeed a nice change from peanut butter (which, of course, is also delicious in cookies).

  6. I just imagined that you brought these cookies (with a plate) to this tourist info center and took these pictures. You are so cute. :) In fact I love your first picture, too. Great background! These nutty butter cookies look delicious!

    1. Nami, I did bring these cookies to the tourist information centre but luckily there were not too many visitors around when I took the pictures and the wall painting is in the back of the main building.

  7. What a neat locale from which to share your cookies! They sound divine!

    1. Thank you so much, Liz - I just love this place with the grey, black and white wall paintings - nice and calm atmosphere to take pictures despite the fact that it is part of the tourist info centre.

  8. I have a lot of homemade peanut butter and this is just the recipe to use it! And they have oats too, which I love! You always find interesting places for your pics Andrea.

    1. Paula, thanks, when baking these cookies, I discovered that I actually love using different nut butters - baking is one delicious and sweet learning experience.