Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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This Peanut Butter Bars Recipe with chocolate frosting reminds me of the homemade bars that used to be served with school lunch in my hometown. Only 30 minutes to make!

3 Peanut Butter Bars on a white plate

Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

When I was a kid, one of the best parts about school lunch was dessert, especially on peanut butter bars day. I know some kids make fun of school lunch, but honestly, there were a lot of great things to eat. And even kids who didn’t really like to each school lunch still loved the peanut butter bars. Flash forward several years (hey! I’m not admitting just how many) and I realized it had been years since I’d eaten a peanut butter bar. But when my sister made these peanut butter bars the other day and I think I ate about half of the pan all on my own. Ah! Sweet, delicious memories.

Now you can enjoy the sweet, chewy goodness for yourself — no lunch tray needed.

Tips and Tricks

Thanks to our awesome readers, here are a few tips and tricks to making these delicious cookies. For starters, you can use either quick oats or regular oats. The texture will change slightly, depending on which you choose. With regular oats the texture will be a little more coarse, which some people prefer. With quick oats, it’s a little more smooth.

Another tip: You don’t have to grease the pan, but it doesn’t hurt if you do. Use some cooking spray if you’re concerned about easy cleanup.

Peanut Butter and …

Seriously, peanut butter makes so many things taste better, not just school lunch. Have you ever put peanut butter on a pancake? Or smeared some peanut butter on a banana for a quick and filling snack? Of course there’s the classic Bugs on a Log, featuring celery slathered with peanut butter and topped with raisins. And when you need a quick dollop of protein to keep your hunger at bay before dinner, I’ve been known to enjoy a spoon full of plain peanut butter.

Check out some more great ideas for peanut butter and peanuts.

3 Peanut Butter Bars on a white plate

Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

5 from 3 votes
This Peanut Butter Bars Recipe with chocolate frosting reminds me of
the homemade bars that used to be served with school lunch in my
hometown. Only 30 minutes to make!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36

Equipment

  • Cookie Sheet Pan
  • Conventional Oven

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend butters and sugars together, then stir in eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, stir flour, salt, baking soda, and oatmeal together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Press dough evenly onto an ungreased cookie sheet/jelly roll pan.
  • Bake at 350-degrees for 12-14 minutes (do not overcook).
  • Allow to cool, then spread chocolate frosting evenly over the bars.

Notes

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 131IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg

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    1. You can use quick or regular oats. The cookie bar will be a little more coarse with the regular oats, which I like, or a more fine and smooth with the quick oats. Enjoy!

  1. I make something like this, but my topping is different. After it cools for maybe five minutes I sprinkle chocolate chips, and sometimes add a few dabs of peanut butter, on the top. Let it melt for a minute and spread it around. So, so good. I am going to compare my recipe to yours and try switching it up.