Do you remember sitting at your desk in school and smelling the aroma of peanut butter cookies wafting though the air? Whenever the lunch ladies baked School Cafeteria Cookies, we couldn’t concentrate on anything else!
Throughout the years, I bet several fights have happened over these peanut butter cookies. When I was in school, the boys would beg the girls to hand them over…but I never faltered.
Nobody got between me and my peanut butter cookies. Not even my boyfriend, who happened to turn into my hubby several years later. 🙂
This recipe is in honor of my Granny Mac, who worked in a school cafeteria for many years. Sometimes she would bring home School Cafeteria Cookies and make my day. I’d sneak one or two into my pocket and head out the door on a wild adventure.
These peanut butter cookies can be made with shortening like Granny used, or with butter, which is more acceptable today. Either way is good, but the original way is usually the best.
Gosh, they’re so easy to make! Just mix the shortening and peanut butter until smooth. Add two types of sugar and mix well. Gradually blend in the flour and other dry ingredients…then you’re ready to start making peanut butter cookie balls!
My favorite part is when you take a fork and press the dough in a criss-cross pattern. They look just like the cookies I remember from childhood! Dust them with sugar if you like, and bake for just 10 minutes on a cookie sheet.
Isn’t it great you don’t have to stare at the clock and wish class would end so you can get your hands on this yumminess? Now you can make them anytime you want. 🙂Print
Huge, chewy, peanut butter cookies taste just like the ones the School Cafeteria ladies made back in the day!
- 1/2 cup cold butter or shortening
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- dash of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the butter (or shortening) with peanut butter in a mixer until smooth.
- Add brown sugar, white sugar and beaten eggs. Mix well.
- Gradually blend in the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Drop cookie dough onto a cookie sheet in 2 Tbsp. scoops.
- Pat dough down and press with a fork in a criss-cross pattern.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to paper-lined sheets for cooling.
If you use butter, the cookies will spread more than if you use shortening. Either way, they’re delicious!
Dust cookies with sugar after baking if desired.
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Bake
Keywords: peanut butter cookies, school cafeteria cookies, peanut butter, cookies
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