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6.9.15

PEANUT BUTTER BARS


I am not a fan of peanut better but we always have a jar of Adams in the fridge. The man and the girl LOVE peanut butter. So occasionally, I make them a peanut butter treat. This recipe comes from allrecipes.com. It tastes just like a candy bar. The base is dense and crunchy and the frosting is chocolaty. I made the first bar a long time ago, and then I made it again the other day. I never have to freeze leftovers. I put it out and it just disappears.

Peanut Butter Bars

Base:
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup heavy cream or whole milk  
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups icing sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda, then whisk in quick oats, set aside.
  • In the bowl whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar for 3-4 minutes or until pale and fluffy.
  • Blend in 3/4 cup peanut butter.
  • Stir in eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition until combine.
  • Mix in vanilla.
  • On low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Spread the mixture into an even layer into a prepared rimmed cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until lightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. At this point, it is too fragile to spread it with peanut butter.
  • After the base solidifies a bit spoon the remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter on the top.
  • Allow the peanut butter to rest for 1 minute then carefully spread it into an even layer.
  • Next, prepare the chocolate frosting.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in cocoa powder, then whisk in milk and bring mixture just to a boil.
  • Once mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Add in icing sugar and mix until well blended.
  • Immediately pour over peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer. Beware the frosting sets quickly
  • Let the frosting cool before cutting into squares.
  • Store the bars in single layers.

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It began with posting a few recipes on line for my family. "zsuzsa is in the kitchen" has more than 1000 Hungarian and International recipes. What started out as a private project turned into a well visited blog. The number of visitors long passed the two million mark. I organized my recipes into an on-line cookbook. On top of the page click on the cookbook to access the recipes. I am not profiting from my blog, so my visitors will not be harassed with advertising or flashy gadgets. Feel free to cut and paste my recipes for your own use. Publication is permitted as long as it is in your own words and with your own photographs. However, I would ask you for an acknowledgement and link-back to my blog. This is to my old on-line friends and visitors: policing the comment section for spam and answering questions has become a chore. Good wishes to you all, happy cooking and keep on feeding your people with good food.

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