These easy peanut butter bars are easy to make and one of our favorite holiday cookies.
I’m a sucker for desserts. Some of our favorites include this heath bar cake, our amazing oatmeal cake, and our homemade apple crisp. okay, pretty much just about anything. And that’s okay, I feel like desserts are one of the simple pleasures in life. Not to be missed. Do you agree? But if you LOVE desserts like I do, just make sure you get out there and get your regular exercise. Your health is important. You want to be around for a long time…so you can eat more dessert!
Today we delve back into the cookie realm and show you how to make Peanut Butter Bars. They’re actually Peanut Butter Frosted Peanut Butter Bars! Even better, right? These are a great easy to execute item for parties — we tend to make them a lot near the holidays — but, they’re great any time you want to quickly satisfy your peanut butter craving. Of course, if you want to drink your peanut butter, maybe check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Milkshakes.
A lot of of peanut butter bars are “No Bake”, like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but our Easy Peanut Butter bars contain egg and so they do spend a little time in the oven. But, no worries, it’s still a really easy recipe! The only part that can sometimes be a little tricky is the frosting — I find that the key to avoiding lumpy frosting is to sift your confectioners sugar and then slowly mix it in! And let the bars cool before adding the frosting unless you want a huge mess.
Here’s the recipe and the full set of instructions:
- 1 c . brown sugar
- ½ c . Crisco
- ½ c . peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp . vanilla
- ½ c . sifted flour
- 1 tsp . baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ c . quick oats
- 2 T . butter
- 2 T . peanut butter
- 2 T . milk
- 1 ½ c . confectioner sugar , sifted
- dash of salt
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Mix flour through oats together in a bowl.
- In a second bowl cream sugar, crisco, and peanut butter together.
- Add egg and vanilla and stir.
- Mix in dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Press firmly into greased 13x9 pan and bake for 12-15 min.
- Let the bars cool before beginning to make frosting and spread on bars.
- Melt butter and peanut butter in a small pan (or in glass pyrex in microwave).
- Add in milk.
- Then slowly stir in sifted confectioner sugar (I end up with lumpy frosting if I forget to sift) and a dash of salt.
- Pour onto mostly cooled bars and spread (frosting should be still warm and spreadable).