Peanut Bars Recipe
Peanut Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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With peanut butter in both the batter and frosting, plus chopped nuts sprinkled on top, these treats have triple the goodness. —Ren Reed, Tavares, FL
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted peanuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 13x9-in. baking pans.
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with water and milk, beating well after each addition.
Transfer to prepared baking pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, for frosting, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough milk to reach spreading consistency.
Remove cakes from oven; place on wire racks. Spread frosting over warm cakes; sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Bars in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p11

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 250 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 13x9-in. baking pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with water and milk, beating well after each addition.
  3. Transfer to prepared baking pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, for frosting, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough milk to reach spreading consistency.
  4. Remove cakes from oven; place on wire racks. Spread frosting over warm cakes; sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Bars in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p11

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tiffanykorn User ID: 6174400 260563
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"Made these and took them into work. Everyone loved them. They were simple to make but were very delicious. They were like a bar cookie mixed with sheet cake. Would totally make this recipe again!"

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Jenna092 User ID: 7825623 231460
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2015

"I made these bars for a church fundraising event and they were a hit! Everyone loved how soft, creamy, and decadent they tasted! Very easy to make, and very quick, too!"

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