I wasn’t planning on baking cookies today, but Taste of Home magazine showed up in the mail, and page 31 had a very tempting photo of some glazed peanut butter bars. Fuzz had gone next door to play, so I took a few minutes to whip up a batch.
The original recipe was submitted by Janice Luedtke of Colorado. It’s baked in a 15×10 inch pan and yields 4 dozen. I didn’t need quite so many so I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a 9 inch square pan (as written below). The bars are very good, but be careful not to overcook them. They may not seem quite done when you take them out of the oven, but they’ll firm up as they cool.
Glazed Peanut Butter Bars
6 tablespoons butter, softened (I used unsalted)
6 tablespoon creamy peanut butter (I used crunchy)
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon water
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/8 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups oats, quick cooking or old fashioned
2/3 cups milk chocolate chips (semi-sweet works)
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch square pan.
Cream the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in the egg, vanilla and water. Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt, then stir into peanut butter mixture. When flour mixture is absorbed, stir in oats. Spread over bottom of prepared pan and bake for 22-24 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. They may seem underdone at this point, but will firm up as they cool.
Prepare glaze. Combine chocolate, butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds; Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. Pour over warm bars and spread evenly. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Slice into 12 or 16 bars. If you double the recipe, use a 15×10 inch pan.