Mary Ann F Recipe

Peanut Butter Chews / Peanut Butter Bars

By Mary Ann F Mary619

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Mary Ann's Story

If you attended San Diego City Schools from the 70's through the 90's chances are you're familiar with these bars. I've searched for this recipe for many years and now that I've found it I'm sharing it with the WORLD! I often make these for parties and fundraisers and they're the first to go.


1 c
softened butter
3/4 c
creamy peanut butter
1 c
1 1/2 c
firmly packed brown sugar
2 large
1 tsp
real vanilla extract
2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
2 c
quick cooking oats
2 c
confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp
creamy peanut butter
1 tsp
real vanilla extract
3-4 Tbsp
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
3 tsp
creamy peanut butter
1-2 Tbsp
hot water

Directions Step-By-Step

Grease half sheet jelly roll pan / cookie sheet (with sides) and preheat oven to 350F. Mix butter, sugars and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to mix until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl sift flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually combine with butter mixture ensuring it is mixed well.
Fold in the oats.
Press dough into pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Do not over bake.
While waiting, prepare the frosting. For either the glaze or frosting, toss all the ingredients into one bowl and mix well. Set it aside while the chews are baking. Once the chews are done baking allow to cool for ten minutes then glaze/frost while warm. Cut into bars when completely cooled.
Yields approximately 24-32 bars. Stays well for up to a week refrigerated in a tightly sealed container.

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Mary Ann F Mary619
Dec 7, 2012
You're welcome, Veda! You're comment cracks me up because I felt the same way too! I hope your grandkids enjoy them as much as we did. Feel free to post pictures =)
Mary Ann F Mary619
Dec 7, 2012
You're welcome, Michelle! I, too, stood in line for PBC's throughout my elementary and Jr. high days. I was so happy to finally find the recipe. Have you given it a try yet? I'd like to know how they came out and if they're just like you remember them. I make it a point to make these only if there's a party or fundraiser...otherwise I'd do some serious damage LOL!
Veda Williams-Fera mzzveda3
Dec 6, 2012
This was the BEST part of Wednesdays at OFarrell Jr High in the 70's
Thank you so much I know my grandkids will enjoy!!! Veda
Michell Franklin mfranklin68
Sep 13, 2012
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I remember the days when I'd stand in line at lunch time to purchase the peanut butter chews/bars. I'm a subscriber to many food magazines and have hoped that some day I'd find something close to what I use to enjoy in the San Diego schools. I'm real excited to have come across your recipe! I'm sure it won't help my waist line but I won't be able to resist! Thank you!!!!