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Peanut Bars Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup water

1/2 cup 2% milk

FROSTING:

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup butter, softened

3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

1 cup chopped unsalted peanuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 13×9-in. baking pans.

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with water and milk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to prepared baking pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Meanwhile, for frosting, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with enough milk to reach spreading consistency.

Remove cakes from oven; place on wire racks. Spread frosting over warm cakes; sprinkle with peanuts. Cool completely.

Yield: 4 dozen.

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