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 large 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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 103 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 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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angieact1 User ID: 1990802 209094
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2014

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

hein57 User ID: 1853613 171503
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."

meatball71360 User ID: 2581497 167938
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."

judygill1 User ID: 1763084 96676
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2011

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

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 167126
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

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

tastydog1 User ID: 1409588 209093
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!!!"

Carla Weeks User ID: 5229154 171500
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

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

cflatin User ID: 1682068 155482
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."

TheDix User ID: 607421 79333
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!"

sunshine8081 User ID: 471915 69266
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"Very Good! Passed the husband taste test!"

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