Peanut Butter Lunch Lady Cookie Bars

by Sheryl

The best combination of sweet and salty peanut butter, the cookies baked in a pan are amazing, the recipe is easy to produce, and feeding a crowd without the hastening of portioning each spoonful of dough. Our childhood lunch-lady had all the tricks to treat a hungry crowd so that with our Peanut Butter Lady Cookie Bars, we took some inspiration from her.

If picking up something from the grocery store is the usual take-out dessert in your home, we recommend you try some homemade cookie bars. Of course, store-bought treats take some of the entertaining pressure off, but you may never turn back when you see how easy this is. Although we normally turn to something sweet, whatever the flavor, we love a good sheet pan cookie.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
2 cups of sugar
(2) large eggs, beaten
1 ½ cup peanut butter, divided
1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup milk + 2 tbsp, divided
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven at about 400 degrees.

2. Grease a large sheet of cookies, or parchment paper line.

3. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Reserve

4. Whisk 1/2 cup milk, vanilla extract, and egg whites together. Set aside.

5. Add and melt a cup of butter and a cup of peanut butter into a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and slowly add the flour mixture and then combine the egg and milk.

6. Add and pour batter over the cookie sheet, uniformly distributing flour on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool before frosting.

7. To frost: Take a stick butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter to a boil in a pan. Add 2 tbsp of milk, and gradually blend until well mixed in powdered sugar. Until serving, allow the frosting to cool and place.

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