Wednesday, November 28, 2012

School Lunch Peanut Butter Bars



Who remembers school lunches?  I do!  But I remember the great parts about lunches, the little milk cartons, ice cream bars, tacos, wiener wraps and….peanut butter bars.  AHHHH, the peanutbutter bars…I don’t know why I’m fat?

Anyhow, I recently came across this recipe for the AWESOME peanutbutter bars!  Boy the people I work with are gonna miss me when move to the cheese department!






School Lunch 
Peanut Butter Bars


1  1/2 C Flour
1¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Baking Soda
¾ C Butter
Crust for Peanut Butter Bars
¾ C Sugar
¾ C Brown Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter (split)
2 Eggs
1 ½ C Quick Oats

Frosting:

½ C Butter (1 stick)
3 ½ C Powdered Sugar
2 T Cocoa
¼ C Milk (I use whatever I have in the fridge)
1 tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, 3/4 C peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Then, stir in the oats. Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan (cookie sheet). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes.

The frosting is a two step process. First, whip the remaning ¾ C Creamy Peanut Butter until it becomes lighter colored and fluffy. Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the pan cookie.

Then, add butter to a small sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar. Stir until thickened. Pour over the peanut butter and gently spread over the cookie. Cool completely, and slice into bar cookies.

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