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Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies

10 Oct
Occasionally I get asked why this site is called The Snack Review when I pretty much review just chocolate bars in their various shapes, colours and sizes. The answer to that question is that I review whatever I happen to be snacking on, which tends to be chocolate more often than other stuff. Believe it or not though, my day to day diet does consist of more than solely chocolate…and as if to prove it, I’ve got today’s review- Nabisco’s Nutter Butter Cookies.
I’d never seen or heard of these cookies before never mind eaten them. So, in order to actually have something to write about rather than just supplying you all with endless pictures (which, given my writing skills, might perhaps be preferable to some readers!) I had to do a bit of a Columbo and examine these to within an inch of their…well, cookie I suppose. My beady eyes were able to figure out that Nabisco is an American cookie company which is owned by super-mega-giant corporation Kraft, who I’m sure you’ve all heard of.
I literally have no recollection of even buying these. That made sound like a bit of a crazy statement to make, but I’m being genuine- basically, I have a drawer in my room which I keep anything I’d like to review in. I opened it up see what I fancied reviewing  for today, and found these cookies in there. I must have bought them from an import store at one point or another…but I can’t for the life of me remember when, where and who from. Note to self- don’t drink whisky at 7 in the morning again and expect to remember my day. (Joking- just like I told my doctor, I don’t even drink- I collect empty beer bottles.)
These are, to be exact, ‘Peanut butter sandwich cookies’. Coming in a 53g wrapper, there are 4 cookies in the packet making it quite a rarity- a single serving/individual sized portion. For whatever reason, biscuits and cookies tend to be in full sized packets which are pretty useless when you’re out and about to be honest. I’ve seen Hobnobs and Digestives from McVities in single servings before, but they’re not a regular occurrence by any stretch.
The cookies, despite travelling around the USA, then boarding a flight and ending up in the UK somehow, before (even more confusingly and inexplicably) ending up in my mouth, were remarkably in perfect nick. I say remarkably, because they only had a thin red wrapper and a weak piece of cardboard to protect them from the inevitable battering in transit. So the fact that they managed to arrive looking like they hadn’t been put through a blender first was startling. The metallic looking red wrapper was decent and I could certainly understand why I bought these…even though I can’t remember actually doing so.
Picking the cookies out of their card sheath, I was pleasantly surprised at how weighty each one was. I’m aware that it is sometimes difficult to get a feel for products’ size and weight from my photos. All you need to know I suppose is that I’m a growing lad with a growing lad’s appetite, and 2 or 3 of these cookies was a very decent serving never mind the 4 that are packaged here! I’ve moaned in the past about stealth reductions in portion sizes, so credit to Nabisco/Kraft here for providing a decent amount.
They smelt delicious- loads of delicious nuttiness with a side of creaminess. Which tends to mean damn good peanut butter. In addition to the peanut butter though, there was an ‘oaty’ kind of smell from the cookies. The savoury peanut butter paired with the slightly sweet smelling cookie element made for a top notch combination and top notch smell.
The cookies were excellent in texture but a little disappointing in flavour for me. They were tremendously crispy which was nice (people who want soggy cookies and biscuits dip them in their tea) and slightly sweet. I have to admit though, they were just a touch bland- not horrible or bad but lacking a bit of wow factor.
Nabisco’s peanut butter is absolutely excellent though. They brag on the wrapper that these are ‘made with real peanut butter’ and whilst this statement is a touch confusing (how can you make peanut butter cookies without any peanut butter? No- that isn’t the start of a joke…genuine question!) I have to give it to Nabisco, the PB element is very, very good. It was moist which meant it complimented the dry and crispy cookies, and tasted lovely. Lots of nutty flavour and a pleasantly smooth creaminess. The cookies were slightly off the mark flavour wise, but Nabisco nail the peanut butter side of things to make these a success.
Given how rare it is to see individual packets of cookies, and how equally rare it is to see peanut butter flavoured cookies, I’m glad I bought these when/where I did. I enjoyed eating them and would definitely buy more of them if I see them again in the future- the cookies might need a bit of a kick to them if you ask me, but because of the fantastic peanut butter, Nabisco’s Nutter Butter cookies definitely hit the spot a treat.
I ate three which was a nice portion, and then broke the other one up and threw it in with some vanilla ice cream which worked beautifully too. Dave’s Peanut Butter and Vanilla Cookie Crunch. On sale soon at a store near you…or maybe not.
I recommend buying these, although I’m sorry that I can’t advise where from! I would if I could, but I can’t so I won’t!
 

Rating- 7.7/10.

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8 responses to “Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies

  1. IndianapolisEater

    October 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I'm slightly disappointed these only got a 7.7 rating because these are my favorite pre-made cookies that are available for store purchase here in the U.S. They are so much better than the highly overrated Oreos (which are still good, but not deserving of the absurd praise they get). Of course, you could put peanut butter on just about anything and it would get an A+++ rating from me.

     
  2. The Snack Review

    October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    They're good- things have to be to get upwards of a 7.5. And the peanut butter was tremendous- one of the best mass-produced ones I can remember eating.The cookies just left me wanting a little extra flavour though, which is what stopped them from moving to an 8 rating and above.Once again (same question as I asked you with the Take 5!), forgive my ignorance, but are these a widely available product in the U.S? Or one of those things which just pop up every now and again?

     
  3. cybele

    October 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    These are hugely popular cookies in the US. Unlike Oreos, which have a lot of knock-off versions, there is only one Nutter Butter and no one else even tries to make something similar. I agree that they're a little bland but the styling of the cookies is great.You mentioned the single serving size, it's very common in the States. A lot of cookies and snack cakes come in this orientation. They're available in vending machines and at transit centers like train stations, gas stations and quick marts. You can even buy large boxes of these to put in your carry lunch. I've always wished that Oreo would make a cookie with this peanut butter filling. (They did make a PB Oreo, but it was disappointing.)

     
  4. The Snack Review

    October 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I really wish we had a similar category of snack here- we usually only have the option of single chocolate bars or whole packets of biscuits. Which is unhelpful to say the least if you're out and about and fancy 2 or 3 biscuits, because you either can't eat any cookies/biscuits whatsoever, or you have to buy a packet of 12+ which is equally unhelpful.I'd definitely agree that the overall styling of these Nutter Butter Cookies is really cool as well. Very distinctive and (I think?) unique.Do Nabisco do a variety of single serving flavours?

     
  5. cybele

    October 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Unfortunately Nabisco sticks to their tried and true products for the single serve. So you can get the Oreos, Oreo Cakesters, Chips Ahoy, Nutter Butters, Fig Newtons and Lorna Doons (try them sometime, they're quite good shortbreads, but very different from Walker's) but not the other flavors of Oreos or more specialized varieties. The best packaged chocolate chip cookies I think we make in the US are called Famous Amos. Worth finding to get a sense of American tastes.

     
  6. The Snack Review

    October 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks a lot for the information- i'l definitely try and buy the Fig Newtons, Famous Amos and Lorna Doones, they sound cool.Haven't seen either of the latter on sale in England yet, but i'm sure they'll turn up somewhere!

     
  7. IndianapolisEater

    October 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I don't know why it took me a full week to remember that I left this comment and come back to it, but yes, they are widely available in the U.S. Much like Take 5, it seems like they are a hidden gem (although hidden in plain sight as they are ALWAYS in the cookie aisles in the stores) as most people trend toward Oreo products.

     
  8. David Gentile

    June 11, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Cookies absolutely suck these days. When I had them in the early seventies they pretty much taste like they had peanut butter in them. Just like Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal did. Nowadays, if you blindfolded someone, and had them try either of the two above, no way would they think peanut butter was involved. Shitty products that approach false advertising.

     

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