Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Peanut Butter Squares

Apparently peanut butter squares were all the rage in Jack's house growing up.  I had never heard of them, so the other night when he asked me to make them for him I had no idea what he was talking about.  He had his sister email him the recipe and I teased him the whole time I was making them.  "Really?  2 cubes of butter? sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, peanut butter, chocolate?  I'm going to have to buy you a bigger pair of pants after you eat these.  I'm only going to have a smidge cause they don't sound like they are worth it."

The thing is: they are.  Peanut butter squares are incredible.  And incredibly worth it.  Jack had to fight me off just to get a taste.

Peanut Butter Squares
3/4 c butter
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c peanut butter
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c flour
2 eggs
3/4 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c quick oatmeal

Cream together eggs, sugars, margarine, and peanut butter. Add other ingredients and Spread onto a cookie pan (it doesn't need to fill up the whole pan, just spread it out flat). Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. At this point you can spread a layer of peanut butter over the top, but I didn't.  I'm healthy like that.  Then top with chocolate frosting.  This I did. It's not optional.

Chocolate frosting
1/4 c butter
6 Tbsp milk
2 c powdered sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp vanilla

Bring butter, milk, and cocoa to a boil and add sugar and vanilla. Blend until creamy and frost over peanut butter layer.
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