Food Bloggers Challenge – Peanut Butter

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I’m very excited to be joining in with the Food Bloggers Challenge! Each week a new choice is given for an ingredient to use in a recipe. I’m a bit late in posting as I just learned of this fun group yesterday after the arrival of 8lbs of strawberries and 40lbs of oranges so you know what I’m doing today! So I cheated a bit for the first go round – I used a recipe from the Six Sister’s Stuff cookbook – in the future I’m going to make them up as I go – but since I was a bit pressed for time and I had made these cookie bars for the firemen and they had peanut butter in them….I hope I’m forgiven.

Here is the recipe for Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars:

I cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups peanut butter, divided
2 cups oats (not quick cooking)
2 cups all purpose flour (I used white whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mom’s Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup butter 
1/4 cup milk
1 to 2 tsp vanilla
3 TBS cocoa
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease a 13″ x 8″ jelly roll pan. (My jelly roll pans are double this in size so I ended up using a glass pan.)

In a large bowl, cream together sugars and butter.

Add vanilla, eggs and 1 cup of the peanut butter and mix well.

Stir in the oats, flour, baking soda and salt.

Spread dough into the prepared pan and bake 15 minutes, until golden brown.

While hot, spread remaining 1 1/2 cups peanut butter on top. (Learn from my mistake and don’t leave little dollops of peanut butter in the middle!)

Cool so that the peanut butter solidifies again. (The authors suggest chilling them in the ‘fridge so they set up faster.) 

While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting:

Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer. Add extra milk or powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached.

When the cookies are cooled, frost.

I felt they needed a little something so I shaved a bit of chocolate on top.

Cut them into pieces to serve. These were for the firemen so I cut them pretty big. This is a substantial cookie so you really don’t need a large serving.

I think these would make great bake sale cookies!

There are other great peanut butter recipes to check out! Click through all of the delicious offerings from the other food bloggers joining the challenge:


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