Friday, March 11, 2011

Peanut Butter bars

This is a recipe I found in the Davis County School district newsletter when i was in high school. The lunch room used to sell these and I LOVED them.

I always look for this recipe on this blog and forget that I only have it on my family blog. so i'm posting it now.

This recipe is for a large 18X13 inch pan.

Make sure to half the recipe if you are using a 9X13 inch pan!

Cream together:
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar, packed
1 C butter, softened

Add and combine:
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 C peanut butter (I prefer chunky because I like peanuts, but original recipe calls for creamy)

Add and mix with above mixture:
2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Add last:
2 C oats (I prefer whole oats, but the original recipe called for quick oats)

Spread dough on greased cookie sheet cake pan.

Bake 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes until golden brown.

While hot, spread 1 ½ C creamy butter on top. This layer should be thin. It is easier to spread the peanut butter if you microwave the it for about 15 seconds so it is hot and thin.

Cool so that peanut butter is solid again. It helps if you place pan into the refrigerator for 10 minutes after they are completely cooled off so the peanut butter will become very solid.

Spread chocolate frosting on top. This layer should be thicker than peanut butter layer.

Cut into bars.

Hershey’s Cocoa Best Frosting
18X13 pan:not needed to double frosting recipe.

½ C butter
4 TBS Hershey’s Cocoa
1 tsp vanilla well.
4 TBS milk
4 C powdered sugar

1. Melt butter over low heat in medium saucepan.
2. Gradually add all other ingredients and mix well. Make sure you put frosting onto peanut butter bars immediately because this recipe sets rather quickly.

I made one pan, cooked them, and then watched and listened as Ben begged for some! I finally gave in and gave him some and then decided we better just make some for ourselves. Peanut butter is not Tyson's favorite thing. He thinks it's okay for sandwiches, but not for dessert. So I hold back on making peanut butter treats a lot because I know he won't really eat them. At least I know the kids and I will enjoy them! We'll probably take a bunch of these to friends because this a big pan of treats!