Hundred-year-old Peanut Butter Straws Recipe

Peanut butter is one of my favorite snack foods, so I was thrilled to find a hundred-year-old recipe for Peanut Butter Straws.

This irresistible snack contains peanut butter sandwiched between pieces of flaky pastry. The Peanut Butter Straws  have the essence of peanut butter sandwich crackers – though the shape is different, and they are less crispy.

Here’s the original recipe:

Source: Good Housekeeping (July, 1917)

When I updated the recipe for modern cooks, I changed the recipe name from Peanut Straws to Peanut Butter Straws because it more precisely describes this snack.  Here’s the updated recipe:

Peanut Butter Straws

  • Servings: approximately 75 4-inch straws
  • Difficulty: moderate
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1 cup flour

1/3 cup shortening

2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

1/3 cup peanut butter




Preheat oven to 425° F.  Put flour into bowl. Cut in shortening  using two knives or a pastry blender. Add water and mix using a fork until dough starts to cling together. If needed, add additional water. (Or make pastry dough using a food processor).  Roll into a 1/8-thick rectangle on lightly floured surface.

Spread peanut butter on one-half the rolled dough. Just “slap” the peanut butter on the dough.  Do not worry if there are places here and there that have no peanut butter. The layers of the straws stick together better if there are places with no peanut butter.

Moisten the edges of the dough with water, then fold the other half of the pastry dough over on top of the dough that had been spread with the peanut butter. Roll lightly, and then prick here and there with a fork to prevent puffing up.

Cut into strips 1/2 inch wide by 4 inches long. Place on a greased cookie sheet, then brush with milk.  Put into oven and bake until straws are light brown (about 10 minutes). Remove from oven and sprinkle with paprika.

37 thoughts on “Hundred-year-old Peanut Butter Straws Recipe

  1. This looks wonderful. In an emergency, it’s always possible to just stick a spoon into the peanut butter jar and have at it, but this certainly is more elegant, and no doubt delicious as well!

    1. The paprika surprised me too; and I seriously considered not using it – but, in the end I sprinkled it on the Peanut Butter Straws, and it worked well, and was very tasty.

    1. The Peanut Butter Straws are not particularly sweet. There is no added sugar. (The only sugar in this recipe would be whatever sugar was in the peanut butter) That said, I think the straws would be delicious with coffee.

  2. For those who can not consume peanuts, substituting sunflower butter would be a tasty alternative. I’ve had something very similar with cashew butter, which was yummy.

  3. These would be great to have on the counter for when hungry boys come to see me! I think I’ll try rice flour with this recipe as one of the grandson’s are gluten intolerant. It is nice when he can eat what everyone is eating.

    1. The paprika was a nice addition to this recipe, and I thought that it added to the flavor. That said, I think that the Peanut Butter Straws would also be good without it.

  4. Those sound very good! But I have to admit, I wouldn’t have thought of putting paprika on it. Did you like the way it tasted on the peanut butter straws?

    1. I was surprised that I liked the paprika on this – but yes, I liked the way it tasted. It added just a hint of additional flavor, and it worked for me.

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