A few weeks ago I was talking with my sister on the phone, and she was telling me that she made peanut butter bars to take to her in-laws for Thanksgiving. She reminded me that they were THE peanut butter bars that we both loved from the school cafeteria as kids.
We didn’t eat from the cafeteria much, we were lucky enough to have mom-made lunches everyday (not that I always appreciated my healthy bag lunches back then!), but there were some days that the cafeteria food was actually too good to pass up. Growing up in a small town in the ’80s, my sister reminded me that our “cafeteria ladies” were actually moms of some of our classmates and the “cafeteria food” was actually some of their own recipes.
She sent me the recipe for these peanut butter bars and they tasted exactly like I remembered. I took them to a school potluck and to work last week and they received rave reviews, even without the nostalgic element. They are different from most peanut butter bars because they have a cake-like bottom layer and chocolate frosting top.
Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tblsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
Mix together and spread on greased cookie sheet with edges. Bake at 350º for 10-15 minutes.
While crust is warm, cover with 1-2 cups creamy peanut butter. Let Cool.
Frost with chocolate frosting, mix together:
3 Tblsp. Cocoa
1 pound powdered sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 Tblsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
*This recipe is HUGE. I didn’t have a cookie sheet with edges so I used one 9X11 AND a 8X8 dish to make it, so you could easily half it if you don’t need that much!This entry was posted in Recipes and tagged chocolate peanut butter bars, cooking, dessert, recipes. ← What to Wear: Road Trippin’! Tuesday Tunes: New Order →