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School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Rolls

From: Nicole
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:33 PM
Subject: Help, I need this recipe


My mother has been looking for a recipient that was called peanut butter rolls. It was served at her elementary school cafeteria in
Gunnison, Colorado in the 1960's. She said they are like giant cinnamon rolls but instead of cinnamon it was a peanut butter mixture. 
I would really like to make them for her because she has been craving them for 15 or so years now. 

Thank you,


Hi Nicole,

I could not find any mention at all of the peanut butter rolls from Gunnison, Colorado Elementary School. However, I did find some recipes for School Cafeteria peanut butter rolls. See below.

The second one appears to fit your description.


Lunch Room Ladies Peanut Butter Rolls

2 cups peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
2-1/2 cups confectionary sugar, sifted (start out with 1 cup and add from there. 
-- It should taste more like peanut butter with a little sugar, just add till it tastes good to you)
1 cup well packed brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
Raisins (optional)

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and microwave on high 45 seconds to 1 minute or so. Just until everything is melted.
Mix until the ingredients leave the side of the bowl. Pat into a 9 x 13 pan and cool at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. 
Cut into squares.
Peanut Butter Rolls

I found a recipe for yeast rolls topped with caramel peanut butter crunch. This may have been the secret of 
the peanut butter treats at St. Anthony: peanut butter, butter and sugar. 
To make these, prepare your favorite cinnamon roll dough, but instead of the usual cinnamon filling, spread rolled-out dough 
with a blend of 2 parts peanut butter to 1 part EACH butter 
and brown sugar, roll, slice, let rise until doubled and bake. While they're warm, drizzle with an icing of peanut butter, 
confectioner's sugar and milk.
Peanut Butter Rolls

Peanut Butter Filling 

2 1/2 c. peanut butter 
1 c. butter (softened) 
1 c. brown sugar 
1 c. sugar 

Mix really well set aside. 

1 Box Hot Rolls Mix prepare as directed roll out thin, then spread peanut butter filling and roll. 
Refrigerate until cold enough to slice. Bake as directed on the hot roll mix box. 


1/4 .lb butter melted 
1/2 c. milk 
1 .lb powdered sugar 

Mix well and pour over rolls when done.
Peanut Butter Rolls

For the rolls 

1/4-ounce package yeast 
1/2 cup warm water 
1/2 cup scalded milk 
1/4 cup sugar 
1/3 cup butter or shortening... Read More 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 egg 
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour 

Peanut Butter Filling 

2 1/2 c. peanut butter 
1 c. butter (softened) 
1 c. brown sugar 
1 c. sugar 

Mix really well set aside. 

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm 
water and set aside. In a large bowl mix 
milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. 
Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. 
Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour 
until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough 
on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. 
Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let 
rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 
1 1/2 hours. 

When doubled in size, punch down dough. 
Roll out on a floured surface really thin 
spread room temperature peanut butter 
filling and roll. Refrigerate untill 
cold enough to slice. Let rise. 
Bake at 350 degrees until top is slightly brown.

Chock Full O'Nuts Pineapple Pie

-----Original Message----- 
From: Annmarie 
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:39 PM
Subject: Pineapple Pie

My mother always used to rave about a pineapple pie that she'd get in Chock 
Full of Nuts in NYC in the 1950's.  She has passed away now, but I would 
still love to make the pie after hearing about it all those years.


Hello Annmarie,

Did you know that Chock Full O' Nuts is still operating small cafes in NYC and a few other places? They have a website here: Chock Full O' Nuts

Pineapple pie does not appear to currently be on their menu: Chock Full O' Nuts Menu

I had no success finding any mention at all of their pineapple pie.

The only recipe for any Chock Full O' Nuts product that I have ever been able to find is the date nut bread. See: 01-07-04

One reason there are so few of their old recipes available is that Chock Full O' Nuts prepared their food at the Secaucus, New Jersey commissary and then transported it to the shops. See: Chock Full O' Nuts


Cushman's Bakery Fruit Squares

From: Wanda 
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:38 AM
Subject: recipe for fruit squares by cushman's bakery

Dear Phaedrus,

I would like you to help me find the recipe for fruit squares that cushman’s bakery made them any years ago.
Do you know if cushman’s bakery sold there recipes to another bakery?

Thank you very Much


Hello Wanda,

I had no success find the fruit squares recipe. See here for the only Cushman’s recipe that I have ever been able to find: Cushman's Bakery

My information is that in the 1960’s rights to the Cushman’s name and their recipes were sold to Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine. It does not appear that Oakhurst Dairy ever made any use of the recipes, and the dairy or the Bennett family must still have them. The Bennett family recently sold Oakhurst Dairy to a company called “Dairy Farmers of America”. However, The Bennett Family still manages the dairy itself. The dairy has a website here: Oakhurst Dairy

If you contact Oakhurst, please let me know what they say.

Wanda, E-mails sent to the address on your request got bounced back.


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