Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Food: Peanut Butter Bars

On the afternoons that I went to my grandmother's and great uncle's house after school, they always had a freezer full of yummy sweets that I got to choose from for my after school snack. Peanut Butter Bars were one of my favorites and seemed like a tasty treat to send them for Valentine's Day this year. The recipe was typed by my grandmother on both sides of an index card. These are best if a little underdone so that the bars are soft and squishy. Yum!

Peanut Butter Bars

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl cream peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Beat in sugar. Add eggs. Blend in flour and salt. Spread in greased 13x9x2 baking pan. Bake 25 minutes. Cool.

1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups confectioner's sugar
2 to 3 Tbsp cream (milk is okay in a pinch)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Stir melted butter into sugar with cream; beat until smooth. Add salt and vanilla. Frost bars. Let set.

1 square unsweetened chocolate
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter together. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle over frosting.

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