Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Shannon's Peanut Butter Bar and Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Hi everyone it's Shannon!  Today I thought I would bring you something different than paint and wood.  
How about a yummy recipe?

I love, love, love peanut butter and chocolate!  
One of my all time favorite treats ever 
has been peanut butter bars.  
I know every place that sells 
them across the entire state of Utah.  
When I found an amazing recipe about 6 years ago I can 
honestly say that I have never had a better peanut butter bar 
than the recipe I am about to share with you!

This is the peanut butter bar and chocolate frosting recipe I have used for years and is the exact same as the bars you got from my shops.  Some people do not love frosting so you can cut it back or all the way out and the bar is still amazing.  I don't understand that way of thinking because I am a frosting kind of gal.  I could put frosting on a piece of wood and manage to find it tasty.

There are a couple of little tid-bits of advice here....
1. DO NOT OVER BAKE!  They come out looking a little undone it's okay they set up and finish cooking in the pan.
2. Trim the edges unless you like the crunchy parts.
3. Whip the heck out of the frosting that is what makes it so light and fluffy.  I know my recipes are lined out a little different for the frostings, but if you make it as the recipe is lined out
 you will get the best results.
4. NEVER EVER bake when you are on a diet of any kind!
5. Be prepared to be asked to bake again and again if 
you share these and I hope you do.

Peanut Butter Bars
3/4 c. Margarine (works best with Imperial or Blue Bonnet)
3/4 c. Brown Sugar
1/2 c. White Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3/4 c. Creamy Peanut Butter (Works best with Jif brand)
1 1/2 c. Quick Oats
1 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
Preheat oven to 350.  
Mix- Margarine and sugars
Then add- Egg, vanilla extract and peanut butter, mix.
Then add- Oatmeal, flour, salt and baking soda, mix well.  
About 1 minute.
Spray a 13x18 baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Spread onto sheet keeping 1 inch away from the 
sides all the way around.  
Try to get as level as possible.
Depending on your oven bake 11-13 minutes.
Let cool, trim and spread a layer of peanut butter over 
the top, then frost.

Shannon's Chocolate Frosting
2 c. Unsalted Butter (softened not melted)
*Whip then add:
7 Heaping Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
*Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
4 c. Powdered Sugar
Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
1 teas. Vanilla Extract
1/4 c. Hersheys Syrup or Davinci Chocolate Syrup 
(I prefer Davinci but it's harder to find)
*Mix well then add:
2 c. Powdered sugar
*Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
2 c. Powdered Sugar
*Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
1-2 more c. Powdered Sugar.
You can add a little milk if you would like.  
The syrups replace the milk in this recipe. 
Whip the frosting until it is fluffy and to your liking.  
Frost your bars and munch away!


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