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Monday, February 18, 2013

Peanut Butter Bars

Once in a while, there is a recipe that will take you back to a time when things were simpler, and brings back memories. These peanut butter bars are just that to me. My mom used to make this for us on occasion, and it always made it a good day at school when the lunch ladies decided to whip up a batch of this piece of heaven. If I ever need to bribe my dad or make him a gift he is sure to love, a pan of these will do the trick!

The moment I found out that my poor husband had never had a peanut butter bar or even heard of it, I had to make some. I'm happy to announce that he approves of this recipe and I'm a little embarrassed to announce that I may have eaten more than my share while he was at work...

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter {smooth or crunchy}
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup oats

  1. Cream together sugars, butter, peanut butter and eggs.
  2. Add in baking soda, salt, vanilla, and alternate mixing in the flour and oats. Mix until well blended.
  3. Press dough evenly onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes exactly.
    *Don't worry, it will look like it's a little too "fluffy" for the pan when it comes out of the oven, but it will be perfect once it cools!
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. Frost the bars with peanut butter {smooth or crunchy}.
  6. Frost over the peanut butter with chocolate frosting {canned frosting works great, or use chocolate fudge frosting recipe below}.
  7. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Put first 3 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips.
  3. Whip until creamy and cooled.
Would love to hear if you try these out!
What are some of your favorite homemade treats from when you were young?

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  1. MMMMMMM these look delish. What time should I stop by with the milk? ;)

  2. Yum, yum. And the ingredients are always here. Will try this week ;)

  3. When I saw your picture, I had a flashback of my most favorite dessert in elementary school-peanut butter bars. Yummy!!! I think I will have to make these. I am also going to try one batch with Biscoff spread(since my Zoey has a lovely peanut allergy). I cannot imagine how they will turn out, but I won't know until I try. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  4. I have never had these but they sound awesome (and look amazing too)! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love these. They are one of my favorite treats. Thanks for sharing.So great to meet you last weekend!!

  6. Why must you make posts like this? I'm supposed to be on a diet! :)

  7. oh my gosh, this looks so amazing. i love peanut butter bars, and have found an okay recipe but not an amazing one. can't wait to try this!

  8. Your Peanut Butter Bars look delish! If you haven't already had a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and share them at the 100th Tuesday To Do Party over at The Blackberry Vine!

    The Blackberry Vine

  9. Just printed off this post so I can make some today...mmmmmm

    If I make the batch and eat them before anyone sees them did they ever really exist and to they still have calories? ;)

  10. These peanut butter bars look amazing. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  11. Oh dear I may be in trouble! These look fantastic.

  12. These look sooooo yummy. I love peanut butter and I like dessert bars. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance... but we become friends by choice.

  13. Yummm! and I'm not even a huge fan of peanut butter! lol But, your recipe makes me want some :)!!

  14. I love how food can take you back in time, these look so delicious! We must of had similiar lunch ladies!


  15. Yummy!!! These look delicious my hubby loves peanut butter bars. :) Thank you for posting these.


  16. My mom used to make these for us. I haven't had one in years!

  17. These look delicious! Thanks for joining my Link Up! :)

  18. Just made them and they are divine! I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter! Thanks for the recipe!!

  19. These look so delicious! I love that flavor combination.

    Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  20. copied the recipe and will try these. I like healthy snacks for my 3 year old. Sounds yummy
    will be following so I can come back and check out your blog

  21. This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at Delicate Construction. Pinned it!

  22. Peanut Butter Bars (or fingers as I like to call them) are the BEST! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays!
    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  23. I want some Lindsay!! YUM!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer last week. Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening! Have a great day!!

  24. Oh, yum!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  25. that looks yumm!!

  26. Hey Lindsay, Just wanted to let you know that this post was featured at Raising Memories today & you're welcome to grab a featured button from the bottom of my sidebar if you'd like! Thanks for linking up!

  27. These are so my favorite! Remind me of elementary school, making them again tonight!


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