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Back-to-School Cookies

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
    6-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 103 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • angieact1
    Sep 27, 2014

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

  • L5Baking
    Jun 18, 2013

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  • hein57
    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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    May 9, 2013

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    May 4, 2013

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    Feb 12, 2012

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  • meatball71360
    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
    Aug 25, 2011

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

  • kafaughn
    Apr 1, 2011

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  • micheleclow
    Dec 10, 2010

    These were delicious. They didn't last long.