Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies #pullupachair


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I was thrilled when invited me to their Virtual Back to School lunch table! They’ve asked several from the online food community to share one recipe each to make up a Back to School lunch (for children or adults). Well, you know me, and I had to bring the dessert! What’s a good back to school lunch with out a great cookie?!

You can pack just about anything in a lunchbox with all the insulated lunchboxes available these days for cool kids and adults alike! When it comes to school lunches, though, I can’t help but think of cookies as being the perfect, packable snack! Many cookies are sturdy enough to stand up to being stuffed into a lunch bag, don’t take up much space, and they are easy to eat . You can bake a batch over the weekend and have them around all week for lunches or after school snacks– if they last that long!

When I was in New York City a few weeks ago I picked up a jar of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter, knowing it would make a great cookie……’s also makes a fantastic dip for apple slices!

These quick crispy cookies are perfect for sharing with kids or adults (just be sure the recipient doesn’t have a peanut allergy). They are great at soaking up milk if you like to dunk, but they are also wonderful on their own.

Use almond butter or sun butter if your school is peanut free, OR save these for a great after-school snack.

Since Allison switched to a new school this year, she likes to take homemade treats to share with her new friends in the lunch room (yes, you CAN buy high school friends with sugar *wink*). If you have little ones in grade school, Crafting Chicks “Smart Cookie” free printable tags make them an extra cute Back to School treat .

Do yourself a favor and make these cookies! If you don’t have cinnamon raisin peanut butter, just use creamy peanut butter and add cinnamon and a few raisins to the recipe (below).

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cookies recipe at


The Communal Table

This recipe is participating in Food Network’s virtual Back to School party, The Communal Table. Check all the wonderful, recipes below. What are you making for back to school? Tweet me @TidyMom @FoodNetwork #pullupachair and let us know!   and follow the Let’s Go Back to School Pinterest Board

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Napa Farmhouse 1885: Back to School Roasted Chicken Legs

Bacon and Souffle: Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Apple Salad

Zaika Zabardast: Fresh Corn Cakes With Black Bean Salad Tossed in Cumin Vinaigrette

Adult options:

 This Girl Can Eat: Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Spicy-Korean “Ramen” Noodle Soup

Haute Apple Pie: Edamame Hummus

Feed Me Phoebe: Deviled Egg Salad Sandwiches

Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon

Big Girls Small Kitchen: Swiss Chard Turnovers With Parmesan and Pistachios


Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Cookies

A surprise cinnamon and raisin twist on the old favorite peanut butter cookie. A cinch to make, but manage to disappear even quicker.


  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon raisin peanut butter (or plain peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • coarse sugar (or granulated sugar) for garnish - optional
  • if using plain peanut butter add:
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon*
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup raisins*


  1. Heat oven to 375°
  2. Combine flour, soda and salt, in a large bowl. Stir and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter,peanut butter and sugars and beat until fluffy
  4. Add egg and vanilla; beat until well incorporated.
  5. Add dry ingredients (and cinnamon & raisins if needed*) and beat until well combined.
  6. Shape dough into one inch balls (a cookie scoop works great for this) and roll in coarse sugar, if desired.
  7. Place balls 2 inches apart on parchment lined (or greased) cookie sheet. Crisscross using the tines of a fork, press each cookie down.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container (they will become more crisp with time) and should keep for about a week.

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  3. these look amazing, cheryl!!! i love peanut butter anything.

  4. What a fun treat for the kids Cheryl – I’ve never seen Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter, great idea!

  5. I must be living in a hole! I had better go look for that peanut butter

  6. Oh my gosh, Cheryl, these look incredible! I love PB cookies but this cinnamon raisin swirl twist sounds delicious 🙂

  7. Can I pull up more than one chair so I can have extra cookies? 🙂 Mmmm!

  8. AMAZING!!! I love these flavors so much Cheryl!

  9. I think I will take these with me in my lunch box to work !

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  11. Yum!!! Such beautiful photographs too!

  12. I love that brand of peanut butter; I’ve been known to snack on their peanut butter and white chocolate blend. I could even see that in these cookies!

  13. These cookies are perfect for back to school! Awesome idea!

  14. These cookies look fantastic! I may not be going back to school but I sure will take these with me to work. And I really like that tabletop you’ve used in these shots.

  15. NICE! Peanut Butter Cookie sound just about right this time of year. The Swirl is just a happy bonus!

  16. Yum Yum. I would love to have these cookies in my work lunch any day. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  18. Ohhh I love the cinnamon raisin twist!

  19. How exciting. And these cookies are the perfect lunchbox treat!! Love!

  20. I love this combination! What a great treat to pack in the kid’s lunches!

  21. How fun to be working with the Food Network! I love the sound of these cookies, great combination of flavors!

  22. I’ve gotten that peanut butter before too–I usually use it on apples, but next time I buy it, I’m going to try making cookies with it. What a great idea!

  23. Oh I am going to get me some of this peanut butter! Great cookie idea:)

  24. That cinnamon peanut butter is good stuff, great idea to make cookies with them!

  25. Scrumptious combination of flavors! LOOOOVE it!

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  27. These are just plain fun to eat!! Kids are lovin’ lunch these days!

  28. This sounds like such an interesting cookie, love it!

  29. i love peanut butter cookies and make my grandmother’s recipe all the time. may need to update it a bit with the addition of the cinnamon raisin swirl…yum!

  30. These look great. My kids would really love them. I love your blog.

  31. Great looking cookie Cheryl. That cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter combines a lot of great flavours and I’m glad to see that the product is all natural too.

  32. Ooh these sounds really good. I bet they are a HUGE hit.

  33. These cookies look sooo scrumptious! Craving a few now with a tall glass of cold milk! 🙂

  34. Well don’t those just look so fabulous!!

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