Here's a great easy dessert recipe for those impromptu dinner parties. These Peanut Butter Bars are made from sweet and chewy peanut butter cookie base topped with creamy peanut butter frosting and drizzled with rich chocolate sauce.
Peanut Butter Bars
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
Preheat oven at 350°. Lightly grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside.
Cream together the shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix to combine.
In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture into the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
Transfer dough into prepared pan and spread to make an even layer. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
To make the frosting, cream the peanut butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread frosting on top of cooled peanut butter bars.
Heat chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave and mix until completely melted and smooth. Drizzle over frosted bars.
Store Peanut Bars in the refrigerator.