Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Peanut Butter Bars (Fingers)

Always a Crowd Pleaser!

My mom has been making these bars for years. No matter where she brings them or who trys them, they are always a hit. And why not, they're made with chocolate and peanut butter, two great tastes that taste great together! The only people who can't enjoy them are those with peanut allergies and if your one of those people, I feel for you!

Mom's Famous Peanut Butter Fingers

1 stick butter or margerine, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
Around 4 T peanut butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup of flour
1 cup of quick oatmeal

Mix the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg, add peanut butter (I usually don’t measure. I use heaping tablespoons, around four, it could be close to 1/3 cup or more than a quarter I'm not sure. I should measure it someday).

Mix well, add baking soda, salt and vanilla. Add flour and oatmeal and mix until combined.

Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Grease a cookie sheet. (Mine is about 11 x 7). Push dough into cookie sheet with fingers (that's why they're called peanut butter fingers and also because of the way they are cut - into long thin strips). Bake around 18 to 20 minutes depending on your oven, until they are golden brown.

Cool completely and top with Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting or try...

Mom's Version:
3 T Hershey's Cocoa
Confectioners sugar
a little milk (or for people with milk intolerance put water)
3 T butter (or for people with milk intolerance use Fleishman's unsalted margarine)
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Put the cocoa and butter or margerine in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds or more, just until butter is melted. Add the salt, vanilla. And milk or water (between 2 and 5 tsps.) alternately with the confectioners sugar (just eyeball it) until you get the right consistency. Mix well until it's smooth and creamy looking.

Spread evenly over the bars. For more fancy bars take a little pastry bag with the small point for writing and drip designs on the peanut butter fingers. Ciao.

Do You Have A Recipe Never Fails To Please A Crowd?


wheresmymind said...

Dude...that looks so kick ass!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Looks great Annie!

Wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your blog for one of my picks for Blog Day today!

Unknown said...

Boy do I! A chocolate chip cookie recipe, that I haven't posted yet, NEVER fails. They're called Sharpe cookies. You would think a chocolate chip cookie is a chocolate chip cookie...not so! There are NEVER left overs of these! In fact, you usually have to race to get them. Recipe coming sometime in the future!

These peanut butter fingers look great!

funwithyourfood said...

the recipe that i have that never fails is oven roasted tomatoes stuffed with mushroom risotto. MMM sounds good right now

as far as dessert i've gotten quite a few compliments on my coconut macaroons with chocolate and cherries mixed in

mm my best friends is obsessed with the peanutbutter/choc combination. DO NOT tell her about these haha


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