Do you love chocolate and peanut butter together as much as we do? You'll love our dessert recipe for Peanut Butter Bars!
We are completely loving Rainy Day Mum's Cooking with Kids series! Every two weeks we are choosing a new ingredient as we invite kids in the kitchen to cook and bake through the alphabet! This week was F for flour. We made my mom's peanut butter bars!
Seeing these two side by side in the kitchen is priceless. As I snap away to catalog our progress, I catch smiles like these to prove that happy memories are being made!
Our peanut butter bars dessert starts with a dough for the crust. Cream 1/2 cup softened butter with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. In another bowl mix an egg with 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Once combined well, mix into the creamed butter and sugar. Finally add one cup flour and one cup oats.
Press the dough firmly into a 9 x 12 greased baking dish. This task was wonderful fine motor practice for our preschooler!
Bake the crust at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Once golden brown remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with one cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. I warned our children that the pan was still quite hot.
Invite little hands to sprinkle on the chips! They might spill and snack on a few. Remember, you are creating happy memories!
After five minutes spread the softened chocolate around the whole dessert. Oh, yum! This smells amazing!
When your preschooler asks to lick the spatula you absolutely must say yes. All cooks taste their recipes! Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1/3 cup peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk. You can add a bit more evaporated milk if you need to until you get a spreadable peanut butter icing to top the chocolate.
It will be ooey gooey and delicious right away yet will firm up in the fridge nicely as well. Serve hot or cold but I promise these won't last long before they are all eaten up!
F is for Flour Recipes:
Rhubarb Crumble from Rainy Day Mum
Cheese Drop Biscuits from Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Strawberry Whole Wheat Pancakes from Sugar Aunts
M&M Cookies from Mum in the Madhouse
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