Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mid Week Munchies ~ Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Bars

The first time my friend Shanelle made these for me, I thought I had was in cookie heaven. Shanelle is a great cook and an even better "cookie chef". When we get together, I always put her on cookie duty. So, this is her recipe:

Peanut Butter Bars:

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (I live in Utah, 1/4 cup less if you don't live at a high altitude.)
  • 2 cups oats

Cream butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, salt, soda, and oats. Dough will be sticky. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease 10 by 15 pan.

Because the dough is sticky, Shanelle taught me to just spread the dough with your fingers. Grease or flour your hands and push the dough evenly around the pan. Cook for 15-18 minutes, until dough in slightly brown in corners.

Measure out 1 cup of smooth peanut butter. (Can substitute crunchy, if preferred.) Place dollops of peanut butter around pan immediately after removing from oven. This allows the peanut butter to warm up and spread easily after about 5 minutes.

Allow dough to completely cool. Place in fridge if necessary.

  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa

Spread frosting on top of cookie dough and peanut butter. Cut and serve with ice-cold milk.


Jodi Nelson said...

mmm looks Pamela. Did you frost with Chocolate frosting?

Kelly O. said...

wow! thank you! so going to try that this afternoon!

Gosfam said...

These look so yummy and I want to make them, but I need some clarification :) Your frosting looks like peanut butter not just a white frosting--did I miss something in the frosting recipe or does it just blend in with the peanut butter. Please help :) Thanks

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Are these the promised lunch lady peanut butter bars? Look fabulous!

Rebecca said...

These look so good! I get the best ideas from your blog. I've been creek walking in Memory Grove, berry picking in Payson, and now I'm about to make these peanut butter cookies!

Camille said...

Pamela, PB bars are by far my favorite treat! I have a recipe that I use, but it doesn't call for the peanut butter "layer" - I'm switching to your recipe! :) Thanks!!

Pamela said...

Yes, Kitty in fact they are. the lunch lady cookies have made their debut.

Ella said...

You made these and did not bring some to share? Rude!!!

Jessica said...

oh girl...those look so yummy....and i haven't had breakfast yet...looking at those now i'm going to have to go and fix that...and try this recipe this weekend!!

Rebekah said...

oh man! These look delicious! I am a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate

Camille said...

Pamela, I have to report back... I made these over the weekend!! sooo scrumptious! But the weirdest phenomenon takes place afterwards - your clothes start shrinking! (or was that only because I ate the whole pan?)

jengd said...

OMG! I'm going to have to try these- they look amazing!

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