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Square Cookies

Square Cookies

Square Cookies are square shaped cookies made with peanut butter, ground pecans and ground oats.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Square Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 cup sugar ( 190 grams)
  • 1 cup toasted pecans or a mix of pecans and walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (114 grams)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, unsweetened (64 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour (250 grams) -- weigh if possible!
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips optional
  • Colored Candies optional


  • Put ½ cup of the sugar, oats and nuts a food processor and grind until fine. Set aside.
  • Put the softened butter, remaining half cup of sugar, peanut butter, eggs, molasses, salt, baking soda and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat all at once with a handheld mixer or paddle of a stand mixer until creamy and smooth. By hand or using lowest speed of mixer, stir in the flour. Add oat mixture and stir until blended, then stir in the chips.
  • Empty dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and knead gently just to make sure everything is well mixed. Shape dough into a rectangle about 7x8 inches and 1 inch thick. Chill the rectangle for about an hour.
  • With a large knife, cut the rectangle into even squares. If desired, put some colored candies on top.
  • Arrange squares of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 (or however long it takes in your oven).
  • Let cool completely before serving.


For the flour, the weight is 250 grams.  That would be 2 cups of very lightly spooned and AP and more like 1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour.  For best results, use a scale.