School Lunch Butter Finger Bars

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While I posted a variation of this recipe several years ago, the frosting just wasn’t quite right.  They were 98% there, & it bugged me.Today however, I hit the holy grail!!   JUST like the lunch lady.  While the recipe is almost identical to what I’d been doing, the process changed a bit.  

Note the frosting that is fudge like, the light peanut butter layer, & the bar’s crisp outer edges with a chewy moist bottom & center.

Growing up, these bars were a commodity – secrets, & favors were exchanged for these babies.  EVERYONE wanted hot lunch on French Dip & Butter Finger Bars day.  I hope these take you back to second grade too!

Cream together
3/4 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup peanut butter (smooth not chunky)
1/2 cup sugar

Mix in
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Mix in
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal/quick oats

Spread into greased 11×17 greased jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350* for 22-30 minutes – until light brown & puffy.

Peanut Butter Topping
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Whip 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter until it becomes light colored & fluffy.
Carefully spread the whipped peanut butter over the hot pan cookie.

Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 TBSP milk
3 TBSP cocoa baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in a small saucepan.  Add milk & cocoa, & cook on medium heat stirring constantly.  Heat just until boiling.  Remove from heat & add vanilla, & gradually add powdered sugar.  Stir until thickened & then pour over the whipped peanut butter & gently spread over entire cookie.

Cool completely, then slice into kafe cookies.

Source Recipe: http://triedandtruefavoriterecipes.blogspot.com

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