School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars~ Classic peanut butter cookie bar with a chocolate layer and yummy peanut butter frosting
School cafeteria food~What is your opinion of it? I think mostly we think of school cafeteria food as “mystery meat”, nondescript, taste-less foods. Except for the few dishes that everyone loves and will forever hold a place in our hearts. My kid’s high school would have “PCO” day every Friday. That is when the cafeteria served pizza, corn and okra. Sounds like a weird combination, but the kids loved it.
Some of the most popular school cafeteria foods are the rolls and desserts. There is just something about them that is hard to recreate. Until now. Today I am sharing a recipe that everyone loves when I make it. I usually make it to bring to potlucks, or large get togethers because it makes so much. School Cafeteria Peanut Butter bars have a soft cookie base, a delicious an easy chocolate layer and are topped with an amazing peanut butter frosting.
This recipe makes about 63 bars and is cooked on a 12×16 baking sheet. Sometimes I cut the recipe in half and bake it in a 9×13 pan when I don’t need so much. However, these bars are so good that they will disappear quickly no matter how many you make.
I do believe when you bake, the ingredients you use matter. Real butter and vanilla are what I use in any baking recipe. They bring such a rich a delicious flavor. When I remember I set out the butter and eggs a couple of hours before I bake to bring them to room temperature. It makes a difference in how well they blend with everything. When I forget to set them out I soften the butter in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds.
All natural peanut butter is also a must. It has such a better flavor than a peanut butter spread that includes lots of added oils.
School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars will quickly become a family favorite. What was your favorite school cafeteria food? (the recipe is below)
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School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars
- 3/4 cup Butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups natural creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 325
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars
Add the eggs
Mix until incorporated
Add the peanut butter
Mix until incorporated
add the flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla and quick oats
Mix until well blended
Spread evenly onto a 16x12 well greased baking sheet with sides
bake 9-10 minutes until just browned
Do Not Over Bake!
Sprinkle chocolate chips over warm cookie base
Wait 1 minute
Spread over cookie
Cool to room temperature
Mix powdered sugar, peanut butter and milk together
Spread on top of hardened chocolate layer.
Cut into bars
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