I don’t know about you but I have few memories of grade school lunches, but this peanut butter bars are one of them. When I saw this recipe memories of peanut buttery, layered, chocolaty goodness came flooding back. I loved this dessert at school. I have seen multiple people comment that this was something they had at school too. So I am not the only one out there. This recipe hits the original on the mark. I guarantee you will love it if you had the original as a kid. I wonder if they still have this in schools nowadays?
School Lunch Peanut Butter Bars
Adapted from Tried and Tried Again.
- 1 1/2 C Flour
- 1 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 3/4 C Butter
- 3/4 C Sugar
- 3/4 C Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter (split)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 C Quick Oats
- 1/2 C Butter (1 stick)
- 3 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
- 2 T Cocoa
- 1/4 C Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, 3/4 C peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Then, stir in the oats.
- Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan (cookie sheet).
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Cool for 10 minutes.
- The frosting is a two step process. First, whip the remaning 3/4 C. Creamy Peanut Butter until it becomes lighter colored and fluffy. Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the pan cookie.
- Then, add butter to a small sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar. Stir until thickened. Pour over the peanut butter and gently spread over the cookie. Cool completely, and slice into bar cookies.