We enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving Day at home. Before enjoying our very Non-Traditional meal, we went for a drive and were just in time for a picture perfect sunset down in the river valley.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
My mom turned me on to the wonderful world of Penzeys Spices. For some time, I hadn't been impressed with the quality of spices I was buying in the store, and I knew how she always looked forward to her Penzeys Spice shipment. So, earlier this year I asked her to order a couple of spices for me the next time she ordered. I have been hooked ever since.
Penzey's Spices is a great Wisconsin based company that offers a huge assortment of quality spices. I have so many new spices that I look forward to trying. I have also found another bonus of being a Penzey's shopper is their catalog. Yes, you can order online as you can with most companies today, but they also send a hard copy catalog, periodically, that is full of idea's, pictures, and.... Recipes!!! I hadn't paid much attention to the recipes until the Fall 2011 issue. I was really craving sweets the day I was reviewing the catalog, as I hadn't baked in some time. I stumbled across a recipe for Oatmeal Chip Bars. The next weekend, I made them for my first time. I wasn't sure if they really were that "out of this world", or if we were that over due for a baked yummy treat. We decided that they really were that good!
Today, I made the second batch of these bars. I did make a couple of changes. When I had first told my mom about how good these were, she didn't want to make them because of the amount of butter, but wondered about substituting in some peanut butter. I made that change, as well as omitted adding butterscotch chips, since I never seem to have those on hand. I hope this pan doesn't disappear as quickly as the first pan did!!
Oatmeal Chip Bars
1/2 c. Butter
1/2 c. Peanut Butter
1 1/4 c. Brown Sugar ( I used 1/2 dark, and 1/2 light)
3/4 c. white sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 c. oats (quick cooking or regular)
2 c. miniature chocolate chips
Preheat over to 375. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Fold in the oats and chocolate chips. Spread in a greased 10 x 15 rimmed metal pan, using a spatula or your hands to press into place. Bake for 20 minutes at 375. Cool, but cut the bars while still warm, as a knife will go through them more easily.
Enjoy! ! !