Friday, May 8, 2009

Peanut Butter Bars, and I'm off!

We absolutely love living in Philadelphia. We've lived here almost a year now and plan to be here for at least three more while my husband goes to dental school. It's so gorgeous here, there's a ton to do, but the one thing that makes it hard is being away from my family. I LOVE my family so much, and I honestly can't get enough of them, so you can imagine how excited I've been knowing that tomorrow I get to see these people!

My mom and dad, aren't they cute!


Me and my little sister, this was taken over Christmas.

It's not my whole family, I still have three younger brothers, a sister-in-law and a nephew, that I would love to see, but I'm so excited to spend time with my sister and parents.

So, the reason I'm telling you this is because I probably won't be around for at least a week. I considered maybe still trying to sneak a blog in here and there, but I just think I'd kick myself if I didn't soak up every moment I could with my family. And hopefully while I'm away, my mom and I will be cooking up some yummy stuff to share when I get back.

So, I thought I'd leave with this little treasure. I LOVE baked goods with peanut butter, it's such a great flavor, and these were no exception. What really tips these bars over the top is the peanut butter drizzle, which adds the perfect amount of sweetness and flavor, and makes these bars taste amazing.



Peanut Butter Bars
Found in Taste of Home Baking Book

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
ICING:
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir into creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

2. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over top. Cool completely, cut into bars.

Have a great week and I'll see you soon!!

39 comments:

Pam said...

Now that's my kind of bar! They look very tempting and decadent. Cute photos of your family.

Netts Nook said...

Your bars look great have a nice visit with your folks.

Debbie said...

Enjoy your visit...those peanut butter bars look great!

the ungourmet said...

Those looks soooo yummy! I wish I had time to make some before we go hiking today!

Hope you have a great time. Cute Family! :0)

Michele said...

These looks sooo yummy and gooey!

Donna-FFW said...

Your bars look fantastic.

Enjoy your family time.. hope you have a blast!

Heidi said...

mmmm...those bars look so tasty i swear i can smell them right now!!! yummy!

Wendi said...

Oh those look evil - but I want them. They may have to be made for mothers day.

Sara said...

Have a great time! Great looking bars too :)

Coleen's Recipes said...

Have a glorious vacation with your family...enjoy every second of it.

Jenn said...

Delicious PB bars!!! Give me 1 dozen!!

girlichef said...

Have fun and enjoy every single minute!!! Don't you worry about us, we'll be here when you get back :) Oh, and send me over the leftover pb bars- they are killer!

Katy ~ said...

Wow! Those bars look sinful!

I hope you have a great visit. Your family is just adorable.

Brittany said...

Oh wow...those look awesome! I can't wait to try them! and btw, I know what you mean about family - they are the best! :)

Heidi said...

I love baking bars for my husband and daughters lunch box. These look perfect because we are big P.B. fans!

Reeni♥ said...

I love PB Bars. These look exceptional!! Have fun visiting your family!

Julie said...

Mmm....very delicious looking indeed. I'm quite fond of the PB and choclate combo!

Cristine said...

Drool!!! Looks amazing!

Have a great time with your family!

Kristen said...

the bars look heavenly - have a wonderful time with your family!

Kathy said...

OMGoodness, my kids would love me forever if I made this for them!!! ;)

Meg said...

WOW! Those are amazing!

Melissa said...

Oh wowwww!!! I am bookmarking this one! Have fun!

Jamie said...

Enjoy being with your family and thanks for leaving us with a photo of these luscious bars. Sinful! I miss Philly, lucky you!

biz319 said...

I love anything with peanut butter!

Have fun with your family - "see" you when you get back!

Selba said...

Wow! Peanut butter bars! I haven't eaten it for ages... looks so good!

Melody said...

Yum! Have fun with the fam. I just got back from seeing my family. It's hard being so far away from them. I feel your pain! :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

Wow, that is on goeey and delicious looking bar. I enjoyed the photos of you and your family.

Spryte said...

YUM! My guys will love these!

Maria said...

I am loving those bars!!

Barbara Bakes said...

These look so ooey gooey good! Have fun with your family!

Emaline said...

YUM!!! Peanut butter and chocolate are my fav! I have a good friend who is now a Philly girl and loves it! (Kate's Plate) I am jealous of the markets, stores and specialties that Philly offers! Great city!

Debbie said...

ah....have fun with your family!! The bars do look good!!

Sweta said...

Never eaten peanut butter bars before-sounds great though!!

Alissa said...

Yeah Philly IS pretty much where all the awesome people live (hee hee!) I totally printed this off and made these the same day you posted it! EXCELLENT!!!! The best treat ever! It was amazing!Thanks for sharing!

Ingrid said...

OH, wow those look amazing! I'm definitely going to give those a try!

I hope (but know you will) have a marvelous time with your family! See ya when you get back! Be safe!
~ingrid

MaryBeth said...

My all time favorite 2 items in one bar....OMG how good, you are my dessert bar goddess!!! Have a good time

Elizabeth said...

Enjoy your time with the fam - there is nothing like it!

lisamichele said...

OH MY GOD, those bars are full of my fav thing in the world, peanut butter and chocolate - and yours look amazing! Bookmarked!

Ariane said...

I can attest that these are amazing! I'm making them right this minute for something like the fifth time, and I've sent the recipe to my mom who's made them twice. So easy and sooo good!