The kids are back to school and I thought back to school lunches when I was a kid. In elementary school, I never ate school lunch. I always brought a sack lunch and two dimes for a carton of milk.
However, in junior high, I started eating school lunch. It was amazing. Pizza that overflowed the plate, buttery breadsticks dipped in hot chili, and baby red potatoes swimming in butter and parsley. Two desserts were always a hit with the kids: Chocolate Crackle Cookies and these peanut butter bars.
One bite of these soft, chewy, oatmeal peanut butter bars, covered with a blend of peanut butter and chocolate frosting will send you reeling back to your school cafeteria days.
Quick cooking oats are used in this recipe and spread into a greased 15x10 baking sheet. Yes, that's a LARGE baking sheet, perfect for the cafeteria crowd, right?
I wanted to make this in a smaller pan, so I halved the recipe and used a 12"x9" half-sized baking sheet. You can make these in a 9"x13" pan, but the bars will be a little thinner in size.
Bake these for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
Milk chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter are melted together in the microwave...
...and poured over the warm bars.
Let the bars cool completely and cut into bars.
Sit back and enjoy a bite of nostalgia .... you'll feel like a kid again!
Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars
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