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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I know that bacon is the poison of choice for most of my readers. While I, too, love the stuff, I'm partial to nuts and I must admit my allegiance is more firmly entrenched in the peanut butter camp. As a little girl, I'd sneak a jar of peanut butter and some saltines to my hideaway, a closet tucked under the front hall staircase, where I'd go to make my favorite "cookies" - peanut butter, finger smeared, on salty crackers. Lacking the foresight to bring utensils, I managed to get peanut butter on myself, the chain that dangled from the bare bulb and the door knob, and because I was still so young, I could never figure out how my mother knew I had been in there. Unfortunately, I was usually intemperate in my use of peanut butter. Back in the day, nothing was super-sized, and my mother's weekly shopping placed only a small jar of peanut butter in the pantry. At least once a week, you could hear the far from dulcet accusation, "Hell's bells, Mary, that was meant for lunch," coming from her kitchen. And because that was then and not now, once she calmed down she would apologize for swearing. Such a wicked woman, it's no wonder I'm a mess and still inordinately fond of peanut butter and desserts that are made with it. The recipe I'm featuring tonight comes from Ellen Dorsey, who most of you know as Moomie, of famous bun fame. I found the recipe for Ellen's peanut butter bars on her website which you can find, here. The recipe makes a really nice bar cookie that is packed with peanut flavor, thanks to the use of peanut butter in both the dough and frosting. The simplicity of the recipe makes it a perfect cookie for children and novice cooks to make and I think those of you who try Ellen's recipe will be really pleased with the results. Here is how these peanut butter bars are made.
Peanut Butter Bars...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Ellen Dorsey
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Set aside.
2) Combine butter sugar and peanut butter in a bowl of an electric mixer. Cream using paddle attachment. Add vanilla and egg. Mix well.
3) Whisk flour, oats, baking soda and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir into creamed mixture. Spread in prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes.
4) Combine icing ingredients. Drizzle over bars. Yield 3 to 4 dozen.
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