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3 years ago I lamented my yearning for a high school lunch peanut butter bar recipe. And I quote:

Now I’ve searched across this great continent for this recipe, but after 10 years I’ve ultimately resigned myself to the fact that it’s the ultimate in protected secrets of the lunch ladies union.


That smooth thick peanut butter cookie crust layered with creamy chocolate frosting just out of my grasp year after year! My desire for it was so great, I even considered sneaking into the school during lunch time and stocking up on a few. Then, when I reconsidered that plan, I realized how pathetic and desperate it was.


Well… no more! I can now proudly announce that I’ve concluded my quest!

High School Lunch Peanut Butter Bars


I found this recipe off of the Taste of Home website via Pinterest


Cookie
¾ cup butter
¾ cup peanut butter
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
Cream together until light, airy and fluffy

Add
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla


Add
1½ cups flour
1½ cups oatmeal
¾ baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
Mix just until combined

Drop dough into a 15×10 pan
Evenly spread and flatten dough (easiest to use your palms)
Bake a 325°F for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned
Let cool in pan, then frost

Frosting
½ bag of powdered sugar (+/- )
¼ cup butter
¾ cup peanut butter
1½ cups melted chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ – ½ cup of milk  

Mix with beaters until light and fluffy
Spread over cookies


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5 COMMENTS

  1. These look great, but I don't recall ours being baked. I will try these, however, because like you I have searched high and low for a recipe to replicate the old school lunch "peanut butter treats", as we called them. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. all of a sudden I'm taken back to the days of plastic trays, shorts tables, and stuffing vegetables in my empty milk carton! Can't wait to give these a whirl! (how are you anyway???)

  3. Lots of errors in this recipe. What kind of oats? Quick cooking? Old fashioned? Do you grease the pan first? How much baking soda? 3/4 of what (I am assuming teaspoon)?

  4. I am always on the lookout for a great brownie recipe and these are it! My chocolate obsessed 6 year old claimed these to be the most delicious brownies ever made ! Made them for a party and they were the first to go and everyone was looking for more- yum! Thanks for a great recipe! So is it just cuz the frosting recipe that you have there came out incredibly thick and difficult to spread is that just how it s supposed to be?? c

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