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56 cookies, of which 42 are chocolate cookies and 14 are peanut butter cookies. What is the ratio of peanut butter cookies to the total of cookies in the jar?

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Your actual values are 14 peanut butter cookies out of 56 total cookies.  Make that a fraction:
14 pb
56 total
Reducing that fraction by dividing numerator and denominator by 14 (the greatest common factor)
, you get
1 peanut butter cookie   for a 1:4 ratio
      4 total cookies