Saturday, April 12, 2014

Peanut Butter Bars

So, I was perusing pinterest the other night and came across "lunch lady peanut butter bars" . From what i've heard school lunches use to have desserts that came with them! Unfortunately, my schools were not the kind of school that gave out delicious desserts with lunch. :,(

Now, these bars tasted great, and they even tasted better the next day! If you love peanut butter then you'll love these. I altered the recipe a bit, the original recipe was very sweet, with two types of sugar, and peanut butter in the bars, then another layer of peanut butter, then (finally) the chocolate frosting on top! Whew...they were way to sweet for me, but head on over to the original link if you like it that way.

Peanut Butter Bars
Yield 1 cookie sheet

1 1/2 cup    Flour
1 1/4 tsp.    Salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 tsp.    Baking soda
3/4 cup    Butter
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp.   Sugar
1/4  cup + 2 Tbsp.    Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp.    Vanilla
3/4 cup    Peanut Butter (original recipe used creamy, I used crunchy)
2    Eggs
1 1/2 cup    quick oats

3/4 cup    Peanut Butter

1/2 cup    Butter
3 1/2 cup    Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp.    Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup    Milk (I used almond milk, you can use whatever milk you have)
1 tsp.    Vanilla

Let's get started!

Place peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and butter into a bowl and mix until smooth.

*Note: as you can see above I did not use butter in this section, I used mashed banana as a substitution. If you would like to use this substitution just be aware that the bars will come out chewier. The substitution is 1:1, so use 3/4 cup mashed banana for 3/4 cup butter*

(if you used crunchy peanut it will not be smooth)

Not shown: Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl.

Add dry ingredients in 3 additions, mix only until incorporated.

Fold in oats.

Spread onto a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350F 12-15 min (or until golden). Rotate halfway through. 
Mine took about 16 min because of the mashed banana.

Golden and delicious! Now onto the PB Spread.

All you do is place peanut butter into a small bowl and whip it until lighter in color.

When the bars have cooled for at least 10 mins. Spread the peanut butter on the top of the bars.

Next, we have the frosting!

In a sauce pan, melt the butter.

Add in the milk, and the cocoa powder.

Mix until combined, cook over medium heat until boiling, stir constantly. 

Remove from heat, mix in vanilla. Then add in the powdered sugar in about 4-5 additions, make sure you use a whisk, otherwise you will get lumps like in my picture lol. :) Stir until thickened.

Spread immediately onto the peanut butter layer.

Cool completely before cutting into them.


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