When I was a freshman in college (which was more than a couple of years ago ) I had a roommate who would make these peanut butter cookies for us all the time – our apartment was famous for them! – it’s been a family favorite of mine ever since.
What’s not to love - that incredible taste of a peanut butter cup in a cookie – plus; easy to make, makes enough for a crowd, and they are always always a big hit!
Perfect for all those family reunions or for all the hungry kids who will soon be hanging out at your house all summer . . .
Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Frosting
3/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Peanut Butter (extra for topping cookies)
3/4 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cup flour
1 1/2 Cup Quick Rolled Oats
Chocolate Frosting (recipe here) – or true confessions, I must admit I generally use a store-bought tub for these to keep it fast and easy!
Mix butter and sugar with electric mixer until smooth. Add in egg, peanut butter, and vanilla until mixed well. Stir in flour, oats, soda and salt. Press into a jelly roll baking pan.
Bake at 325 for about 10 minutes – do not overbake. Cool, but not completely – when still a little warm spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the cookie – then cool completely. Frost with chocolate frosting!
One bite and you’ll be hooked!
Note: I like to use chunky peanut butter in the cookies (so you get the pieces of peanuts), then creamy on top (so they frosting doesn’t look lumpy) – but either will work in both!