This past week has been far from normal. I started getting sick about ten days ago, my family arrived about eight days ago, left about five days ago, and in the midst of it all, I've tried to maintain normalcy. That is a difficult thing to do! But I am woman!! Hear me roar! Yeah, try roaring with a sore throat that feels like it has been scratched by the cat. Not so effective.
By the end of last week, we were out of bread for sandwiches, out of lunch meat, and had no sweets to pack either. And we always have sweets to put in the lunches!! I feel like the fog is lifting a little, so I ran to the grocery store this afternoon to restock, then came home to make the sweets. Usually it's brownies or chocolate chip cookies, but today I decided to pull an 'oldie-but-goodie' out of the hat … Peanut Butter Bars. I pulled it out of the basket, actually, but it's still good! I used to get the Taste of Home magazine and found this recipe in there in 1996! That was twelve years ago!!
From my kitchen to yours (hopefully—because they are darned good!), I give you …
Peanut Butter Bars (from Taste of Home 1996)
The Starting Line Up:
- ½ c. butter or margarine, softened
- ½ c. sugar
- ½ c. packed brown sugar
- ½ c. creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- ½ c. quick-cooking oats
- 1 t. baking soda
- ¼ t. salt
- 1 c. (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ c. confectioner's sugar
- 2T. creamy peanut butter
- 2 T. milk
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Bake at 350˚ for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over bars.
I'm off to rest again. I've got to get better … and SOON!