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


  • 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
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 125 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein .


  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

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krindfleisch 29858
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."

donna711 34983
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

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

JenCouchman 45753
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."

Sandiejo13 84349
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!!!!"

Tykaanderson 29294
Reviewed May. 6, 2012

"Awesome bars"

uchi1986 204125
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"Reminds me of the bars that we had in the school cafeteria. Yummy!! Even my hubby liked them and he is picky. Will definitely make for a family get together."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I made these for a Christmas party this past Saturday. I cut the bars into mini squares and they not only made a great presentation but they were delicious!"

SMQMC 29857
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"Totally delicious, and I also would make them again using butter instead of margarine. That being said, these bars have half! the calories of the "Make-over Peanut Butter Bars" that were supposed to be better for you. That makes these extra good in my opinion!"

damara 45731
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"Well like I said;;I make these again;but this time I added chocolate chips to filling;talk

about super yummy."

RedSoxmom 35314
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Well, you can't go wrong with that combo. YUMMMY!!!"

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