I was flipping through a cookbook the other day and found this recipe that used to be one of my favorites to make. Somehow, I had forgotten about it. How does that happen to such a good recipe? Especially one with chocolate and peanut butter?! I was a little disappointed in myself for letting such a thing happen.
I did of course, get them made, and was so happy. It is such a peanut butter delight! It was the first time for Truckin' Man to try these bars, and let me tell you, he was a fan! The oatmeal layer has a lovely texture, topped with the smooth peanut butter, and finally the chocolate frosting! Yum!
Frosted Peanut Butter Fingers (Adapted from Taste of Home)
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter, divided **Please see note below
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. oats (Quick cooking or regular)*
2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3 T. butter, softened
2 c. confectioners' sugar
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1/2 t. vanilla extract
3 to 4 T. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add 1 cup of peanut butter, the egg, and vanilla; mix well. In separate bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 15" x 10" baking pan.
Bake at 350 for 13-17 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, about 10 minutes. Then spread with the remaining peanut butter. Now, cool completely.
In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, cocoa, vanilla and enough of the milk to get the frosting to the spreadable consistency. Spoon over the peanut butter layer, then spread.
*Note: You can use regular or quick cooking oats, but I like the texture better when using regular.
**I have found a note on this recipe stating generic or reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe. I have not tested this, and usually use Jif or Planters Peanut Butter.