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Although commonly paired with chocolate or jelly on a sandwich, or mixed into cookies   –  Peanut Butter is superb in these sweet salty bars.


peanut bars

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup milk


3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

5 to 6 tablespoons of milk

1 cup chopped unsalted peanuts

Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add egg, beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder, add to creamed mixture alternately with water and milk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer batter to prepared baking pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Meanwhile, for frosting, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough of the milk to reach spreading consistency.

Remove cake from oven, place on wire racks. Spread frosting over warm cake, sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Taste of Home, September/October 2015