I finally found the recipe to recreate those yummy nostalgic peanut butter bars from back in my elementary school days. I didn’t like most of the things served on those cafeteria trays, but these were my favorite! I’m here to say that this recipe was tried and true by yours truly– a true copycat and I had to share. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Bar Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter and line with parchment a 9X13 baking pan.
16 TBs unsalted butter
1.5 C peanut butter (I used chunky because that is what we had–use what you prefer)
1.5 C granulated sugar
.5 C golden brown sugar, packed
1.5 tsp kosher salt
1 T vanilla
4 eggs at room tempurature
2 C flour, sifted
Melt together butter and peanut butter. Set aside to cool to room tempurature. In large bowl, sift together sugars and salt. Whisk in one egg at a time until combined. Add-in vanilla. Whisk in peanut butter mixture until combined. Sift in flour and mix until flour just disappears. Pour into prepared pan and bake until tester comes out with moist crumbs (about 35 minutes).
1 C confectioner’s sugar
.25 cup peanut butter, melted
Milk (amount depends on desired thickness of icing–start with a couple of tablespoons and go from there).
Once bars have cooled, flip out onto a cooling rack fitted into a cookie sheet (to catch the icing). Mix icing ingredients togther until of desired consistency. Drizzle over bars. Let icing set up and cut.