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stack of peanut butter cookies like the school cafeteria ladies used to make

School Cafeteria Cookies

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the butter (or shortening) with peanut butter in a mixer until smooth.
  3. Add brown sugar, white sugar and beaten eggs.  Mix well.
  4. Gradually blend in the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Drop cookie dough onto a cookie sheet in 2 Tbsp. scoops.
  6. Pat dough down and press with a fork in a criss-cross pattern.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  8. 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
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: peanut butter cookies, school cafeteria cookies, peanut butter, cookies