Back-to-School Cookies

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When I was growing up, store-bought cookies were always a treat (unless they were generic Fig Newtons).  My mom ran a “from scratch” kitchen, and pretty much everything was home-made.  When autumn rolled around, and it was time for us to return to school, she baked up batches of peanut butter cookies, which I will always think of as “back-to-school cookies.”  Since the school buses are now running in many parts of the country, I thought it was time to share my favorite back-to-school cookie recipe with you.

Peanut butter cookies

I don’t know why, but there just is something in the air that makes me crave these cookies this time of year.



Cooky book - The 2 Seasons

I received a cookie recipe book when I was a senior in high school called Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book.  Yes, that’s how it is spelled in big letters on the front of the book.  I have used it and used it.  This photo is an example of what every page in the book now looks like with all of the smears.  I have never baked cookies from these recipes that weren’t delicious.  Oh, sure, I have owned other cookie recipe books (including one by Martha Stewart), but I donated all of them to the thrift store when we moved.  I didn’t need them to clutter up my shelves when all I needed was Betty Crocker.  I checked, and the book is still available here, if you are interested.  I am sure that after you make this recipe, you will want them all.


Peanut butter cookies



1/2 cup shortening (half butter)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together first five ingredients.  Sift remaining ingredients and stir them into shortening mixture.  Roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.  Place 3 inches apart on baking sheet.  Flatten crisscross style with a fork dipped in flour.  Bake for 9 – 11 minutes.


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  1. Deb V says

    It was fun to see your cooky cookbook. I have one just like it and my pages look like yours. I use mine a lot.