Thick and chewy peanut butter oat cookies sandwich a salted honey butter cream filling.
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Nutter Butters are habit forming. In spite of a double dose of peanuts from the crisp cookies and creamy filling, their gentle peanut flavor remains elusive. They stimulate your peanutty pleasure center without ever fully satisfying, leaving behind an eternal hunger for just one more. Each bite reveals subtle hints of vanilla, nuances of toast and a haunting trace of salt. The withdrawal symptoms are brutal.
After trying thirty-three kinds of peanut butter over the course of a month, you form an opinion or two. Above all I confirmed that I much prefer crunchy peanut butter over smooth. Most of it is textural: those bits of nuts provide a satisfying crunch and a stomach-warming chew. Though I'll admit that part of it is the comfort of knowing that the company that produced my peanut butter at least owns real peanuts.
Since there is no fresh peanut butter stirred into the batter, too often the flavor of peanut butter cookies from a mix falls short—the cookies taste bland and plain with only a trace of nuttiness. Is it possible to get big, bold peanut butter flavor from a boxed mix? This week I put Krusteaz's Bakery Style Peanut Butter Cookie Mix ($3.19) to the test.