This coming week is Teacher Appreciation, and I am in charge of desserts for my daughter's preschool teachers. I remember reading over Christmas that one of them particularly likes peanut butter desserts, so I dug out this recipe that I've been holding onto for a year, but have never made. The recipe comes from my co-worker Laurie, and let me just say this. After this week, I CAN NEVER MAKE THEM AGAIN. I made a trial run last night and Holy Moses, are they good! Friends, this is not your typical graham cracker crust boring Peanut Butter Bar. These are over the top, out of control delicious.
Laurie, I love you and hate you all at the same time!
All Purpose Flour
Quick Cooking Oatmeal
|Measuring Cups and Spoons|
Preheat your oven to 350 and spray a 9 X 13 dish with non stick spray, then, gather your ingredients.
Cream together 1 cup butter and 2 cups brown sugar. According to Laurie's recipe, do not pack the brown sugar.
Then, mix in two eggs, followed by 2/3 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon each baking soda, vanilla and salt. I used creamy peanut butter, but Laurie says you can use chunky if you prefer.
Once all that is nice and mixed, stir in 2 cups each all purpose flour and oats. Press this mixture in the bottom of the dish and bake for 15 minutes.
As soon as you take the bottom layer out of the oven, sprinkle a 16 oz bag of chocolate chips over the top and allow them to melt. I used semi-sweet.
For the top layer, mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, ½ cup peanut butter and ½ cup evaporated milk.
At this point, I wasn't entirely sure what to do, so I took an angled spreader and smoothed out the chocolate chips, then used the same spreader to spread the peanut butter/sugar mixture on top. Some of the chocolate mixed with the peanut butter to make a nice swirled effect.
If you have any self control at all (unlike someone else who will remain unnamed) let all this sit for a couple hours and then cut into bars.
If you like peanut butter, I absolutely guarantee you will love these things! Enjoy!
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