My daughter (who is married to the boy-next-door) lives with her in-laws, who also happen to be our next door neighbors.
The three of us (daughter, S, and I) wanted to bring dinner into a neighbor who is very ill. S and daughter made pulled pork and salad, I made Peanut Butter Bars and rolls.
Since we are next-door-neighbors we decided to make enough for 3 families and then we would all share dinner.
That’s how they ended up with my peanut butter bars.
Which they LOVED!
S asked for the recipe, which I shared.
But when she made peanut butter bars the next week her results were flatter and not as good as when I make the recipe. Sometimes that happens when trying a neighbor’s recipe. Her’s were flatter, not as tasty, not as tender, and didn’t quite taste the same.
Daughter and I went through the list of things that could have been different…. but couldn’t come up with anything.
Thinking ….. pondering …. what could be different?
Duck Eggs!! I use duck eggs when I bake!
Duck eggs make cookies, bread, anything baked lighter, fluffier, and more bakery-like.
Here’s my recipe for peanut butter bars.
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup butter (melted or very soft)
2 duck eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup regular oatmeal
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/4 teaspoon salt
Cream sugars and butter together until very smooth.
Add peanut butter and mix.
Add eggs and vanilla, mix well
Add flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt.
Pat into a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350˚F for 15-20 minutes.
Melt about 1/2-3/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe container. Pour it on the warm peanut butter bars after they come out of the oven. Spread evenly over the surface. It will be really thin!
melt 1/4 cup butter in a microwave safe bowl
Add 1/4 cup milk
3-4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
4 cups of powdered sgar
1 Tablespoon of vanilla
Blend well and spread over the top of the peanut butter bars.