Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Peanut Butter Fingers

I know I just got done blogging about my love of S'mores, but I must admit that my love of peanut butter is nearly just as big! When I came across this recipe in my Google Reader I immediately got excited! Not only does it combine two of the world's best ingredients (peanut butter and chocolate - if anyone was wondering!) but it is a super simple, ready in a pinch dessert!

This past weekend, my husband and I got invited to a little pool party/grilling get together with some friends and we were told we had to bring dessert! I couldn't really complain because that seems to be my favorite thing to do these days! So I got to thinking about what I wanted to bring...I didn't want to do anything to crazy and complicated because I had just spent my whole weekend tending to a massive Garage Sale! (which completely wore me out!) So I turned to my Google Reader hoping that I marked some "must makes" that were easy and didn't require a lot of prep! Sure enough these Peanut Butter Finger Bars were staring me in the face, literally BEGGING me to make them!! :o) (actually these bars must have buddied up with another recipe, because I ended up making two...and I can't wait to post the other one!!! It is SOOOO good and SOOO easy you won't believe it!)

I even had all the ingredients on hand...an added bonus! Good thing I keep a stocked pantry! I am sure you all do as well. You must head to your kitchen now and check, because these bars have your name ALL over them! They are so moist ... the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. They are rich, but nothing a cold glass of milk couldn't help! These bars actually reminded me of a peanut butter no bake cookie with chocolate and peanut butter on top! Oh how I want to bust through the screen and take another bite!

Peanut Butter Fingers
(from Katie Blair's Designs - with a few slight changes)
For the Bars:
3/4 c. butter
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2/3 c. peanut butter
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. oatmeal
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the Topping:
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
About 5 or so Tablespoons skim milk


Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, peanut butter, baking soda, salt, vanilla, flour and oatmeal in mixing bowl. Spread in a 9 x 13-inch greased baking dish. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of hot crust. Wait 10 minutes and spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top. Cool bars before adding topping.
For the topping:
Blend together topping ingredients and spread over cooled bars. Cut into squares.
**I made the topping more like a frosting. I LOVE peanut butter frosting...but if you wanted it to be more like the original recipe (she made a thinner frosting that she said could be drizzled over the bars) be sure to follow her recipe for the topping.**
I need to stop making all these desserts and get back to being healthy!! haha But don't expect that in the next post...I have another GREAT dessert coming, and trust me you don't want to miss it!!

8 comments:

  1. I actually love peanut butter more than s'mores! You are on such a roll!

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  2. Mmmmmm, peanut butter. These look amazing!

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  3. Yum! How good to those look? I love pb.

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  4. Those look really good. I have been craving that peanut butter and chocolate combo lately.

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  5. Nice! These look great! Rich and perfect for a bar.

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  6. wow liesl! they look so good :)

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  7. I found your blog through your comment on Big Red Kitchen about the cookie dough pie. That is on my to do list as well!

    I too made this recipe from Katie Blair Designs and my version did not look half as nice as yours. It was mighty tasty though! Glad to see that they turned out beautifully for you. Your frosting version of the topping looks better than the original glaze.

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  8. Mrsblocko - thanks for stopping by! I loved that Cookie Dough Pie...just be careful...it's THAT GOOD!!!

    I actually think I liked that frosting better than having a glaze, but that was just my preference. I will be making these bars again and maybe I will try the glaze just to see.

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