July 21, 2013
Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars
I have been a recipe collector for as long as I can remember. From bringing home recipe cards of foreign dishes courtesy of Vacation Bible School, to buying my first cookbook, “Peanuts Cookbook” for 60 cents, through Scholastic Book Club in grade school, I have always had a fascination with recipes.
Peanuts Cookbook-my first cookbook
While taking home economics in high school, I convinced the teacher to beg the lunch ladies to divulge a couple of recipes for my favorite lunchroom cafeteria desserts. I still have a copy (of a copy) of the recipe in mimeograph purple for my High School’s original, oh- so soft and chewy, peanut butter bars.
Copy of the original Peanut Butter Bar mimeographed recipe
On a side note, for those of you who do not remember, or are not old enough to remember, there used to be government surplus issued peanut butter available in large (15 lb.), silver cans to public institutions. Schools made use of this free ingredient on a frequent basis, with the student bodies nationwide often finding peanut butter concoctions on the daily school lunch menu in the form of peanut butter bars and cookies. Even my Girl Scout troop took advantage of this free commodity, by supplying Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter spread in the center/u-part of the stalk and raisins/ants placed on top in a single row) at every outing that we ever attended, or so it seemed. (I believe that the raisins were free government surplus issue, also.)
Ants on a Log
In the name of comfort food, I am sharing this recipe with you, below. Note: I usually make my bars without the frosting. That makes them low-cal, right? ;o)
Now, if back in high school, I had only asked for the recipe for the delicious Western-style Cafeteria Salad Dressing………
Thanks for reading! :o)
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( High School) Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars
Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars displayed on my stoneware/ceramic cafeteria plate.
2/3 cups peanut butter
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼-1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups regular rolled oats (regular oatmeal)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup softened butter
About 1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Cream together thoroughly 2/3 cup peanut butter, 1 cup butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
Stir, or mix in eggs and vanilla.
Sift, or mix together, and stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
Stir in oatmeal.
Batter will be fairly thick.
Spread batter into 10.5 x 15.5 greased pan.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, until done. (The top will look dull, and
Finger- test leaves only slight imprint.)
Frost if desired with:
Combine powdered sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup butter, and a little milk at a time, until desired consistency.
I went to Ames High and am so excited to find this recipe!!
This is the authentic recipe. Enjoy!
What decade did you attend AHS?
Ames Hi, Ames High,
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I remember these bars from Ames HIgh (’76). They were so yummy!
Since that time I’ve gotten a very similar recipe from my Mom-in-law. The only difference is 24oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips spread over the bars when hot from the oven. wait 5 minutes and cover or swirl with the PB topping from your recipe.
Judy, I’ll bet the chocolate chip frosting is good on these! Thanks for your comment!
Are these the ones that were served in Ames elementary, middle and high school in the 70s and 80s? I have such fond memories of these bars!
Janet, These were the ones served at AHS in the 1970’s. Enjoy!