Sunday, February 9, 2014

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

These bars are a twist on the classic "lunch-lady" peanut butter bars.  They have peanut butter and they have chocolate, but they also have my favorite, butterscotch.   The butterscotch just adds a really yummy flavor.  Go ahead try them, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven!!!
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup (6 oz.) butterscotch chips
Cream butter, sugars, and peanut butter.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, and oatmeal.  Spread the batter into a greased jelly-roll pan.  Sprinkle butterscotch chips over the batter and bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Chocolate Topping:                                                                            
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Melt chocolate chips, once melted stir in peanut butter until smooth.  Frost over cooled peanut butter bars.
 Here's the step-by-step: 
 Cream 2 sticks (1 cup) of room temperature butter with
 1 cup sugar
 1 cup brown sugar
 and 1 cup peanut butter- creamy or chunky (I used creamy).
 Once nice and fluffy, add in 2 eggs
 and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
 Then mix in 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt,
 1 cup flour
 and 1 cup quick-cooking oats.
 Mix until just incorporated.
 Evenly press into a greased jelly-roll pan.
 Top with 1 cup butterscotch chips.
 Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until edges are browned.  Allow to cool.
 While cooling, melt 1-1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Remove, and stir.
 Continue microwaving and stirring like you did before until
 the mixture is smooth and totally melted.
 Now add 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter.  Stir until smooth.
 Frost the peanut butter bars with the chocolate mixture.
 Allow to set a few minutes.  The chocolate will get firmer the longer you let it sit.
Cut into bars.  Makes 2-3 dozen depending on how big you cut your squares.

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