~Cookin' In The Kitchen Since 2003~

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


Cookie Base
1 cup real butter {2 sticks} at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups peanut butter {chunky or smooth, which ever you prefer}
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoons table salt
3 cups all purpose flour
3 cups quick oats

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Fudge Frosting
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray cookie sheet lightly with non-stick spray and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add peanut butter and vanilla and beat until combined.
Add eggs, one at a time and beat between each addition.
In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add mixture to dough.
Beat to combine.
Add oats and mix until incorporated.
Press dough into prepared pan into a flat layer.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes. {The center should be puffed and set, but still soft.}
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{While crust is baking, prepare frosting}.
Whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
Add softened butter, boiling water, and vanilla.
Beat until smooth and glossy.
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When cookie crust is done baking spread on frosting.
Let cool, cut into squares, and serve. 
Great served warm {not hot or it will be a HUGE mess getting out} with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

1 comment:

communikate. said...

many great sleepovers with these treats! :)