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Frosted Peanut Butter Fingers

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

about 3 dozen

I first learned about these quick crowd-pleasers from a next-door neighbor when I sniffed the delightful aroma of a batch baking. Topped with extra peanut butter and chocolate frosting, the chewy bars became a family favorite that day when she brought us a plateful and shared the recipe. -Leah Gallington Corona, California

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 cup peanut butter, egg and vanilla. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  2. Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 13-17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, about 12 minutes. Spread with remaining peanut butter. Cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, confectioners' sugar, cocoa, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread over peanut butter. Cut into bars.
Editor's Note
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 329 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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