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Back-to-School Cookies Recipe

Back-to-School Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:78 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Back-to-School Cookies

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angieact1
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

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

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hein57
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."

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meatball71360
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."

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judygill1
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

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

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micheleclow
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

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

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tastydog1
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"People! It does not say to send theses cookies to school. They are described as an after school snack! Read the description!!!"

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Carla Weeks
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"This is a keeper! I severed them at a party and I was asked for the recipe. Very good."

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cflatin
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I am a little irritated by all the comments on nuts and allergies. I don't think the name is meaning send them to school or hand them out at schools. I think it means feed them to "your" family for an after school treat or in their lunch box. Yes there are peanut allergies so don't bring them to school, eat them yourself and give to your own family who you know does not have nut allergies. Or don't make them at all, it is up to you."

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TheDix
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"These are yummy good. I'll be giving some to friends this evening as part of a meal I'm planning for them. I know they'll love 'em!"

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sunshine8081
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"Very Good! Passed the husband taste test!"

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stubborn
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"Re: Back to School Cookies

Delicious!!!!
I used a cookie scoop and I got just shy of 5 dozen. I baked them a little longer than 8 min. because they did not look like they were done. I will be making these again.
Judy"

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Chrisitne
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"Oh My Goodness! these were the Best cookies ever! My husband loved them. The new favorite. I didn't get 12 doz. but I may have made them bigger. Oh So GOOD! Thanks!"

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Margaret1931
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"These cookies are my families "new favorite cookie." I used regular shortening, jumbo multi-grain krispies )chopped a little) and rounded teaspoons, rounded out with the palm of my hands. I did not mash them with a fork. I soon learned that 8 minutes was not enough baking time. 15 min. did the trick. Perhaps 8 min. would be enough if I had mashed them with the fork. My yield was only 1 shy of 4 doz.

I will truly make them again. By the way, they were best right out of the oven. The 3 of us (adults) ate 18 before they were cool. Yum!"

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meme4beach
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Very good cookie my family really enjoyed them"

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wenskus
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Delicious!!!"

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janholderfield
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I tried these cookies. They have become a family favorite. Will be good for Christmas gifts. Jan"

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powerstrokemama
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I have not made these yet but I do intend to do so. The recipe sounds delicious."

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nan47
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"i tried them yum but did not produce 24 doz as indicated i use a 1 inch ice cream scoop for universal size"

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Jan Bailey
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"They were very good. I would reccomend the recipe to anyone."

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bobbijeanbrat@msn.com
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I made these cookies, and they turned out excellent. I made a second batch and used chocolate flavored peanut butter instead. Everyone loved them!!

Bobbijean, North Dakota"

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Lorna Stickland
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I like using crunch peanut butter for the extra texture. My family enjoyed them. Unfortunately, in Ontario, Canada, Elementary schools have banned all peanut products. That includes in childrens' lunches, school rooms, and cafeterias because of the risk of food allergies and the severity of anaphylactic shock that can happen."

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marypruim
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"These were a hit with the family. Not too sweet but lots of flavor."

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dihovde
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I made these cookies just a few days ago, they were just wonderful, yummy,yummy!!! Not to sweet but very tasteful!"

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judygill1
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009 Edited Aug. 25, 2011

"I made these cookies using regular Crisco and extra crunchy peanut butter. They were delicious. I will make these cookies again. The only drawback was I didn't want to stop eating them!

coloradocook"

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zzmz83
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"These were wonderful- made about 90 cookies instead of 144, but they were sooo good!"

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lhalek
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"Just use half the amount."

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famas
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"According to Weight WAtcher calculations, if you get 4 dozen cookies from the recipe, each cookie is 4 points, 6 dozen =3 points each"

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famas
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"How can I adapt the recipe by using the brown sugar blend for even fewer calories?"

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7kcks
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"I agree they can't be that low carb, but they are tasty! I used 2 eggs in place of the 4 egg whites, eliminated the coconut and used chopped peanuts. Recipe made about 4 dozen round tbsp. size cookies."

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craftyldy1
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"This would be a great treat at home but nuts are no allowed in school due to children in the school with life threatening allergies. Please check with your school before sending them."

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CntryLadi
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Why isn't sugar listed in nutrition facts?"

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judith Hart
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"As school teacher I feel that the name is misleading due to allergies to various nuts, especially peanuts.

jah"

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time2cook
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Taste pretty good, but next time I want peanut butter cookies, I'll stick with a plain old peanut butter cookie recipe. If you were using a true measuring spoon, a Tablespoon is probably accurate, but most of us drop cookies using the spoons in the silverware drawer, so a big rounded teaspoon made about 100 average size cookies. The Krispy cereal gets a bit chewy in the finished cookie."

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bji
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"The calorie count sounds way off on these cookies. Only 56 calories for a cookie made from a tablespoon of dough? Peanut butter, shortening, coconut & nuts sound like they would add up to more than 3 grams of fat. Are you sure that each cookie is made using a TABLESPOON of dough?"

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PSUpchurch
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Back-to-School Cookies

Having worked in a preschool, I disagree that this is an appropriate cookie to send with your child. Many children have severe tree nut and peanut allergies, so it's best to avoid nuts altogether when choosing a classroom treat!
PSUpchurch"

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sugarfreesue
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"I have a recipe for "Dishpan cookies" that uses cooking oil instead of shortening.  It doesn't have peanut butter, but has chopped nuts, oatmeal and cornflakes.  Maybe you can find it on the net......"

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skbastian
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"I'm keeping this delicious recipe but idonno is right. Now days so many kidlets have peanut allergies that schools don't allow anything with peanuts any more. Thanks for the great recipe."

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idonno
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Oh my goodness.  I've never responded before but I was shocked that you would suggest this as a back to school treat. I don't know of any schools that allow peanuts in any form to be brought onto the school grounds."

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gjretired
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Most school districts don't allow homemade treats so . . ."

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mhkeakremk3
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"As a preschool teacher, I cannot warn people enough that peanut allergies are very serious business! We have had a number of children with life threatening allergies to peanuts and other nuts as well. It is probably NOT a good idea to bring any treats to school with either peanut butter or nuts. Even some seeds can set off allergic reac tions in children. Please check with your school before making your snack."

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bdecramer
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"My concern is with this recipe being highlighted as a classroom treat. Nearly every classroom in the U.S. today has at least one child with a peanut allergy. Many schools across our nation have gone peanut-free."

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KarenH11
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"1, it has to be per teaspoon, otherwise you would not get 144 cookies out of the batch. Not lower in calories by weight, just less cookie. 2, really, peanutbutter in a school! With how many peanut allergies there are these days."

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5glend5
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"They sound good, but what would work well instead of the shortening and coconut? I don't cook with those two ingredients.

mothergoose"

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labsuper
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"There is no way there is only 56 calories in one of these!"

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artyjudy1
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"i agree,,that must be teaspoons plus i dont see anything but the eggwhites to make it a lighter cookie..."

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wanttobehealthy
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"looks yummy picture reminds me of grandma's (with the fork design on top) but not just lightened up with new flavor & texture can't wait to try. Its sad so many have allergys but you can just serve at home"

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luckycharm6413
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"It seems that the yield count is excessive for the amount of ingredients especially when the method calls for rounded tablespoons full of dough for each cookie. If you counted 1 1/2 tbsp for cookie, you would need 13.5 cups of dough to make that many. So the calorie count will be way higher, too. And no wonder, with all of the fat, peanut butter and nuts in the recipe."

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susiemost
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Could you have made a mistake on posting no fiber? With coconut and nuts and oats I would think there would some fiber. Sounds like a great cookie other than that."

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melnbardis
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"With the allergy warnings in schools for any peanut products, I wouldn't recommend this cookie recipe."

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Karen Churchill
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"This sounds awesome however most of our Canadian schools are now NUT FREE due to potentially lethal allergy concerns. Non of our schools or buses are allowed any nuts of any kind."

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pianolady28
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2009

"These cookies are great, love the peanut butter taste and the light texture the rice krispies add. I will definitely use this recipe again."

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tastylusious
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2009

"we thought these were the best peanut butter cookies that we ever had"

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tjmcpm
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2008

"I thought these were good cookies, but I had trouble getting the cookies to stick together. Is there something not correct on the quantity of items included."

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