Peanut Butter Bars1 Dish Up Delish

I have heard so much about the peanut butter bars that the lunch ladies at elementary school used to make. But, since I was homeschooled, I’ve never tried them. Not to completely stray away from their roots, one of my English teachers in College brought these to class one day. It was seriously the best day ever. Not only did she bring delicious cookies, she provided us all with copies of the recipe!
 
I tweaked a couple things to make it more my style and taste, but the bones are the same. I seriously love oatmeal cookie dough, combined with the peanut butter, and topped with chocolate. Mmm, heaven on a plate. These are best when slightly under baked and still warm. Although, prepare to get your fingers messy if you don’t let them cool! I’m all about messy and my patience to let cookies cool before eating is absolutely non-existent.
 
Peanut Butter Bars Dish Up Delish

**If you’re using all natural peanut butter for the icing, you may not need all the milk called for. Start small and add by teaspoon until you get the right consistency. If you use normal peanut butter, it will be thicker, smoother, drizzle prettier, and set up firmer. Enjoy!
 

Peanut Butter Bars
 
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Peanut butter and oatmeal cookie dough topped with melted chocolate and drizzled with peanut butter frosting.
Karissa Dodds:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2-4 Tbsp. milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugars until light. Add egg, peanut butter, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Blend. Stir in flour and oats.
  2. Spread dough into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes (more as needed for desired doneness).
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips, let stand five minutes. (You don't have to use the entire bag! Sprinkle to your liking)
  4. While chocolate is melting, combine powdered sugar, peanut butter, and milk in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Smooth the chocolate over the bars and then drizzle with peanut butter topping.
Notes
**Don't try to sprinkle frozen chocolate chips straight from the freezer! The chocolate will seize from the water droplets and not spread smoothly. Also, you can double the recipe and bake in a jelly roll pan.

 

1 Comment on Peanut Butter Bars

  1. Hi..I’m so glad to read your hints for lemon meringue pie. I make it all the time but didn’t know why the drops of moisture happen or if to store in the fridge etc.
    One thing that bothers me…why do recipes usually NOT tell you which rack to bake pies on?? My mom made wonderful pies and always knew when to use a different tack. She passed away and I wish I’d written down what she did. However I didn’t and it’s almost impossible to get help through recipe books or online.
    Another thing I have trouble with in pies is how to make a pie that had a light and crispy bottom crust? Regular 2-crust pies as well as one crust like lemon meringue.
    Thank you for helping and hope you can also help with the soggy bottom crust situation.

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