Thanksgiving is over and today my son, AJ needed to head back to college. I asked him what he would like to take as a treat as he goes back for these last two weeks before Christmas Break. His response was Peanut Butter Bars. These bars were a favorite my Mom made for us and they are a favorite of my kids as well. If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you will love these bars. They are rich and creamy.
Peanut Butter Bars
makes a 13×9 pan
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup flour
½ tsp. salt
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. water
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vegetable shortening
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a mixer, cream together peanut butter, butter and vanilla. Add brown sugar and mix well. Add one egg at a time and beat well after each egg. Stir in flour and salt until just blended. Pour into a greased 13×9 pan and spread evenly. Cook for 30 minutes.
Cool bars completely and mix together ¾ cup powdered sugar and 2 tsp. water. Mix well and spread over the bars. Melt ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 tsp. shortening and drizzle over the bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting.