Peanut Butter Bars with Ultra Gel

I love peanut butter bars.  There, I said it. I really and truly love peanut butter bars.

It’s true.

Just think about it for a minute. These peanut butter bars are everything that’s good all wrapped into one bundle. You have peanut butter, oats and brown sugar mixed with butter to make a great bar, topped with chocolate and then topped again with chunky peanut butter frosting. It’s a little bit of heaven. I can only make them when I have an event where I am forced to share them because otherwise I will eat them ALL by myself and those calories add up in a hurry.

I use Ultra Gel in the bar itself to help hold the moisture and keep everything tender. Then it goes into the peanut butter icing where it provides excellent stability so the frosting isn’t too sweet. Yum.

So…for when you’re ready to share, or not, I won’t judge. Here we go.

Peanut Butter Bars with Ultra Gel

1 cup butter, soft

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups oats (old fashioned)

2 cups flour

Combine butter and sugars and mix until fluffy and light. Add eggs, Ultra Gel and vanilla and mix until smooth. Mix in peanut butter. Combine all dry ingredients and add slowly to creamed mixture until completely incorporated. Spread into a greased 11×15 inch jelly roll pan (one with sides). Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until light golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Top cooled bars with 6-8 ounces of melted chocolate. Allow to harden.

Top chocolate layer with peanut butter frosting (recipe below).

Peanut Butter Frosting with Ultra Gel

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1-2 pounds powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)

Combine all ingredients in order listed and whip until light, fluffy and slightly thick. Top peanut butter bars. (Also excellent on graham crackers as a snack.)

 

 

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