Friday, August 31, 2012

{LUNCH LADY} PEANUT BUTTER BARS

peanut butter bars

What better way to get back into blogging after a month hiatus, than with an “oldie but goodie” recipe? This particular version is slightly different than the one I grew up eating, in that there’s a layer of peanut butter between the cookie and the chocolate frosting, which gives it even more peanut-buttery goodness! I also have never called them “Lunch Lady” Peanut Butter Bars, I’ve only ever known them as Peanut Butter Bars.  But when I read the post at Six Sister's Stuff, she mentions having these bars as part of school lunch…Oh yeah, me too, so why not give the lunch ladies credit in the name? : )
One other thing I love about this recipe is that it makes enough to feed a crowd. Tonight I was able to give some to a neighbor, my girl’s soccer team, and keep just a few for my own little family, otherwise we would be snacking on these all night! And if you were deprived as a child and have never experienced these bars, make them and see what you’ve missed out on all these years!

{Lunch Lady} Peanut Butter Bars                        Serves 24+ depending on serving size

1 C. Brown Sugar, packed
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Butter, softened
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. Salt
2 C. Flour
2 C. Oats (not quick cooking)
2  1/2 C. Peanut Butter, divided use (Just 1 C. if you don't want to spread a layer between cookie and frosting)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Combine first 3 ingredients in bowl and beat with hand mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla and 1 C. of peanut butter.  Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Spread into greased jelly roll pan (18"x13"x1"). Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden and baked through.  Remove from oven and let set for just a few minutes, but while still hot, spread remaining peanut butter on top (or skip the peanut butter layer and just frost once cooled).  Cool completely until peanut butter is firm again (can refrigerate or freeze to speed up process).  Once cooled, frost with chocolate frosting (recipe follows) and cut into bars to serve. 

Chocolate Frosting 

1/2 C. Margarine or Butter, softened
1/4 C. Milk
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
3 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
3 C. Powdered Sugar

Mix with hand mixer until smooth and spread on top of bars. 

1 comment:

April Tuell said...

I made your Peanut Butter Bars for the SRC reveal today and they were delicious!