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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares

 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares
The combination of peanut butter and oatmeal makes these bars popular. My children love them with a cold glass of milk, and I've taken them to many church suppers, too.
24 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, sugars and peanut butter until
  • light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each
  • addition. Beat in water and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking
  • powder, baking soda and salt; beat into creamed mixture just until
  • combined. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean.
  • In a small bowl, beat the icing ingredients until smooth. Pour over
  • warm bars. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 352 calories, 19 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.