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Frosted Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
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Frosted Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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These sweet, chewy peanut butter bars are a great no-fuss treat to bring to a potluck or bake sale. A drizzle of chocolate on top makes for a pretty presentation. —Sharon Smith, Muskegon, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 125 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Transfer to a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, cream the peanut butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost bars.
  4. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over frosting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Peanut Butter Bars in Taste of Home February/March 2001, p54

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 125 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 59 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Frosted Peanut Butter Bars(17)

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

Very good! I took pcronk's advice and sprinkled mini chocolate chips on top instead of the topping. Also used butter-flavored shortening.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

Too much shortening. I thought it had trans fat in it!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

This is one of my favorite recipes! It was in the TOH cookbook received as a wedding gift. SO rich but SO good! Love the dense brownie-like texture. I usually don't put the drizzle on.

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

Made this recipe many times for the residents at the Assisted Living Facility I worked at.... they were a hit with young and old alike!!!!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

Awesome bars

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