School Lunch Peanut Butter Bars

I don’t know about you, but at my elementary school they served AMAZING desserts. Sometimes I find myself craving the lunch ladies’ chocolate cake or homemade cinnamon rolls. Nowadays, I don’t think that they even serve dessert in elementary school! Poor kids don’t know what they are missing!
These peanut butter bars are SPOT ON to what the lunch ladies served! Trust me- you have to try these!
The only problem with these Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars is that they are so addicting, you can literally eat a whole pan by yourself!
These are the best peanut butter bars I’ve ever tasted and they are perfect for feeding a crowd! I usually have all the ingredients on hand so if I ever need to make a treat at the last minute, these are my go-to!


  • 1 1/2 C Flour
  • 1¼ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¾ C Butter
  • ¾ C Sugar
  • ¾ C Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C Creamy Peanut Butter (split)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ C Quick Oats


  • ½ C Butter (1 stick)
  • 3 ½ C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T Cocoa
  • ¼ C Milk (I use whatever I have in the fridge)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, 3/4 C peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add dry ingredients, just until incorporated. Then, stir in the oats. Spread onto a greased 11 x 15 Jelly Roll Pan (cookie sheet). Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes.
The frosting is a two step process. First, whip the remaning ¾ C Creamy Peanut Butter until it becomes lighter colored and fluffy. Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the pan cookie.
Then, add butter to a small sauce pan and melt the butter. Add the milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Heat just until boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar. Stir until thickened. Pour over the peanut butter and gently spread over the cookie. Cool completely, and slice into bar cookies.

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