Monday, August 27, 2012

Peanut Butter Bars

These were my very favorite dessert in elementary school. I don't know why I've never made them before now because they are irresistable! Maybe that's why... :)

 Peanut Butter Bars
3/4 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 & 1/2 c. peanut butter, divided
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 & 1/2 c. flour
1 & 1/2 c. oats

Chocolate Icing
6 T. butter, softened
1/2 c. cocoa
2 & 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla

For bars, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, 1/2 c. peanut butter, baking soda and salt. Finally, add flour and oats.
Spread into a greased rimmed cookie sheet (I lined mine with parchment and then greased it). Leave about 1/2" around the sides.
 Bake at 325 F for 14-16 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent overbaking. You want a nice, almost underbaked cookie.
 While cookie layer is still hot dollup remaining 1 c. peanut butter (or more if you like) all over the top. When it's all melty, carefully spread it around.

 For chocolate icing, combine all ingredients with an electric mixer. Cool peanut butter bars for about 15 minutes, then top with chocolate icing.
 Cool completely and then cut into bars.

 These are so dang good. Enjoy!

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