Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Peanut Butter Bar Cookies

I'm learning to adjust to Ryan carrying a lunch in a paper bag. Oh, making bread or rolls and being sure he has an interesting sandwich - breadwise if not fillingwise - is easy. So are carrots, raisins, dried apricots or whatever else suits his fancy. Baked goods are the hard part. We tried cake with frosting one day; I even wrapped it in waxed paper so he'd have a nice sort-of plate when he opened it up. No good; the frosting stuck to the paper.

So this week, I'm trying these. So far, so good.


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp milk
1/4 cup quick oats

Cream together the butter and peanut butter; add the egg, vanilla and brown sugar, and beat until combined. At low speed beat in the flour, soda and salt, then add the milk and beat until smooth. Stir in the quick oats, turn into a greased 8" square pan, and bake at 375F for 16 to 18 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool and cut into 16 squares.

These are not terribly sweet; they could be sweetened up by frosting with a combination of about 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp cream and maybe 2 cups confectioner's sugar. But then, that would go against my effort to make a frostingless confection for my boy, wouldn't it? They've stayed very soft for 3 days, and both boys love them. I have a feeling that I'll be making pans of these for lunches many weeks.


Pam said...

I take a lunch to school every day, so I'm looking forward to you finding good things to take!

Channon said...

Yum!! The Knight saw them, so I'll be making some soon.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

There is only one food in this world that I dislike and that is peanut butter! Maybe like this I could get over the taste, or the sticking to the roof of the mouth which puts me off. I will try. Diane

Nichole said...

YUM... oh how I ♥ peanut butter!

gMarie said...

I pack 2 lunches every day. We skip baked goods. :) However, brownies are always good, blondies, or pumpkin bars. I also made some homemade granola bars that would suit for 'dessert' they were very sweet and yummy - but no frosting!

You are a good mom. g

Linda said...

Sounds like another recipe for my file....I like things that aren't that sweet.

Faye Lewis said...

Gil you have got to stop this. Don't you know that I'm on a diet?

doggybloggy said...

I am not typically a peanut butter cookie kind of guy but these sound really good!

Pam said...

You are such a good mom! The peanut bars would be a huge hit with my boy.

Cheryl said...

I love Bar cookies, havent made them in a long time. Those look yummy!