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Back-to-School Cookies


  • 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


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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


Average Rating:
  • angieact1
    Sep 27, 2014

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • micheleclow
    Dec 31, 1969

    These were delicious. They didn't last long.

  • tastydog1
    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
    Aug 13, 2010

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

  • cflatin
    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
    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
    Dec 31, 1969

    Very Good! Passed the husband taste test!

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