Back-to-School Cookies Recipe
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Back-to-School Cookies Recipe

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These hearty treats are great for an after-school snack or to share with friends. With a glass of cold milk, they’re an irresistible snack. —Frances Pierce, Waddington, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:78 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 78 servings


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 103 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg whites and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the cereal, nuts, coconut and oats.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork, forming a crisscross pattern. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Back-to-School Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p39

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

"My family loves these, they are great for a quick snack or breakfast replacement on the run!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"I can't believe how silly people are over this name! I think it means that mom's start baking in the fall when kids go back to school, and it's good for lunch boxes or after school treats.

Seems like people get weird about names when the person was only trying to make a fun name."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Here in the midwest peanut butter cookie were sold in the lunchroom. I think that's why they are Back-to-School. People with nut allergies should know not to eat these cookies."

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

"I made these cookies several times last year and everyone loved them, including me."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"These were delicious. They didn't last long."

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