Peanut Butter Bars (from my childhood)

When you think about elementary school, lunch time has to come to mind. Whether it was the square pizza, little milk cartons, fun with friends or sitting next to a boy that would make all sorts of concoctions with his food that made you want to gag!   I started at a little school down the road from my house. I was the last one to be picked up by the bus and the first one off. A couple of years ago, I ran into one of the ladies who use to work in the cafeteria. I was telling her how I loved the Peanut Butter Bars they would make and wished I had the recipe. The next day she had called our house and had the recipe out of a 1963 school lunch cook book! She even took the time to break out the recipe into a family portion instead of making it for 100!


Last week I started thinking about them and decided to make a batch. (I guess I was having a craving 🙂 ) They turned out like I remember and I will keep them in my favorite recipes. I especially loved the peanut butter glaze. It would be great on a cake or chocolate bars.


Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup + 2 tsp. creamy peanut butter (I use Skippy)

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1 cup minute oats

6 oz package chocolate chips (optional- I didn’t use)


1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/8 cup evaportated milk. (I used 3/4 of a small can to make it creamier)


Cream butter and sugars

 Blend in egg, peanut butter, soda, salt and vanilla

Stir in flour and oats

Spread in greased 9×13 baking sheet

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes

Combine the confectioner’s sugar, peanut butter and evaporated milk. Drizzle over the bars.  Let cool and eat. (I ate one when it was still warm and it wasn’t as good as when they are cool.)

I don’t even drink milk but it made me want a glass.


Sara Beth


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