School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is supposedly the recipe for the awesome peanut butter cookies that the East Penn School District cafeterias made from scratch each day when I was in school. With the revamping of the lunch program to promote healthy foods, they discontinued making these cookies sometime in the early 90s. I thought these were the best cookies ever. This makes a lot of cookies. You may need to use your hands near the end of mixing as the dough gets stiff. You can cut this recipe in half, but use 3 eggs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Use a very large mixing bowl and cream together shortening, butter and both sugars.
  3. Beat in eggs.
  4. Beat in peanut butter.
  5. Gradually add in flour and baking soda. You may only need the 4 3/4 cups of flour and not a full 5 cups.
  6. You may need to use hands as dough gets very stiff.
  7. Drop them by tbsp on to ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned at edges.
  9. Makes about 100 cookies.
Most Helpful

5 5

Perfect. Exactly as I remember :) Thanks for sharing.

5 5

This is the cookie I remember when I was in the 1-4th grade. I used all natural peanut butter and it was awesome. This is definitely the only recipe you should use.