CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies



Ever since I posted the Four Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies last year I have received comments and emails from readers asking if I could please post the CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies recipe as well. I have been meaning to do this one for some time now but other things just kept coming up and pushing it further and further back on my to-do list. Yesterday though I was able to finally get them made and photographed so that I could get the recipe up here this weekend.

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

For those of you outside of the Chicago area you probably aren’t familiar with these. Back in the day though before school lunches were regulated to death and when children were still allowed to enjoy the occasional treat at school the Chicago Public School System offered up cookies for sale in the lunchrooms.

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

These were a yummy treat and wildly popular with students for decades. Both recipes are simple, basic recipes that come together fast because they were designed just for that to get them done in time to feed all of the kids.

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies

CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies
Yields 30
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105 calories
13 g
14 g
5 g
2 g
2 g
23 g
73 g
7 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 14mg
Sodium 73mg
Total Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/2 c. salted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  3. 1/2 c. sugar
  4. 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  8. 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the the butter and peanut butter on medium-high speed. Add in the sugars and vanilla and continue to mix together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg. In a bowl combine the flour and baking soda and whisk together. Then stir into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  3. Scoop out 1 tbsp. of mix and roll into a ball if necessary. Place on the prepared pans and with a fork press down top to bottom and then again from left to right. Make sure you are only pressing enough to make marks and thin the dough out some. The cookies should be about 1/4" thick. Bake for 10-12 minutes and then cool.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

8 Responses to “CPS Lunchroom Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. 1
    Dee says:

    I recall brining these cookies home from school
    ………my dad went ABSOLUTELY NUTS over these cookies, going as far as to giving me extra lunch money to bring him home a bunch of cookies! LOL. I’m so glad that you’ve posted these recipes!



  2. 2
    Shaun Wilkes says:

    I loved those school cookies, so thank you Jennifer for sharing these recipes with us. I hope to try them soon.

  3. 3
    Susan Ellis says:

    I was a student in CPS from 1965 – 1976. I used to love it when the cafeteria lady and her cart of cookies and the cartons of milk came around. For 30 cents you could get 8 cookies and a chocolate milk. ** the good old days.
    I found the recipe online a few years back. Once I made it and that same familiar melt in your mouth butter flavor flooded my mind with memories and my mouth enjoyed them too. I decided I would try it with an over filled tablespoon of peanut butter to the same recipe, it was every bit as yummy.

  4. 4
    Mary says:

    I had been looking for a school lunch room cookie recipie for peanut butter cookies. I remember how good the peaunt butter cookies were in my school in Austin Texas. These cookies do not disappoint they are delicious and I will keep this recipe handy. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. 5
    ABIOLA says:

    Thank for helping me out.

  6. 6
    Tommy Miller says:

    Thank you Jennifer, for your recipes. I have looked all around the world trying to find those butter cookies and peanut butter cookies that I ate when I was a kid in Chicago. I attended Dolittle Elementary school in 1963. White milk and two cookies was five cents and chocolate milk with two cookies was six cents. We didn’t have much money in those days, but mama, always gave me 6 cents every morning for my cookies. I have become a Cookie Monster as a result.You have opened my good memories of those wonderful days.
    Thank you!

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    Shirley harris says:

    Thank you so much, this recipe take we way back in my life when times were so simple and sweet. My household loves them, especially my husband, again thank you God Bless you!!!

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    Hadiah Abdullah says:

    Thank you so much I can remember my daughter bringing them and butter cookies home from school I would give her extra money to buy more and would be heartbroken if they sold out before her lunch period.

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