Saturday, May 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Bars

 So the other day I had about ten extra kids at my house and they all wanted a treat.  I needed something that fed a small army.  I found this delicious recipe.

Ingredients (for the cookie):
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teas. vanilla
  • 3/4 teas. baking soda
  • 1/2 teas. salt
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats

Ingredients (for the topping):
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and peanut butter.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add soda and salt and mix until well blended.  Add flour slowly, making sure incorporated, but do not over mix.  Stir in oatmeal by hand.  Spray a 15x10 jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Spread mixture in pan (I wet my hand slightly and press the mixture in evenly).  Cook at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.  

Remove from oven and immediately drop peanut butter (from the topping list) by teaspoonfuls evenly around the top.  Allow to melt and spread smooth with a spatula.  Allow to cool thoroughly.

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, evaporated milk, and butter to a full boil for 45 seconds.  Remove from heat and add milk chocolate chips.  Whisk until chocolate sauce is smooth.  Poor evenly over bars and allow to set before cutting and serving.  

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