Peanut Butter Bars

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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

3 eggs

1 cup flour

½ tsp. salt

Topping:

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.

 

 

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About Karen Ann Lockyer

At the age of 21, I married my husband, AC and moved from Texas to Florida. I was a long way from home and missed my family. So I began cooking the recipes my Mom had cooked. I quickly became a Mom and wanted to give my children the same experience I had growing up with meals around the dinner table every night. I started with the classics like chicken and dumplings, pot roast, chicken enchiladas and desserts. Every good meal has to end with something sweet. Now my children, Lauren, 22 and AJ, 20 are grown. I spend my time in the kitchen expanding my cooking skills and writing down recipes. I am here to share with you the recipes I grew up on and the ones my kids and AC love. I also travel with AC on his business trips and try to find great restaurants and food along the way. I attribute my love for cooking and food to my family who always encourage me and enjoy being my guinea pigs.
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