Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars

"These were the peanut butter bars that our school cafeteria used to sell for 25 cents a bar. I am sure they had to make multiple pans a day, these were so good! Very easy to make and really tasty! No baking required. Prep time does not include refrigeration time."
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Ready In:
36 2x2 squares (cookie sheet)




  • 1. Mix the sifted powdered sugar, brown sugar and melted butter together well. Fold in the creamy peanut butter until blended.
  • 2. Spread the peanut butter mixture into a buttered pan; 9x13 for thicker bars, cookie sheet for thinner bars.
  • 3. Melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup butter and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread around to make it even.
  • 4. Refrigerate for 1 hour, until chocolate has solidified most of the way, and cut into bars with an unserrated knife.
  • 5. Return to the refrigerator over night until set. (I return to the freezer for faster set time).

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  1. These were yummy! Wanted something easy and this did the trick! I'm a peanut butter fanatic and couldn't have been happier. Followed the recipe exactly. Brought them into work and they were gone in a flash! Thanks for sharing!
  2. Excellent recipe. Made as directed. I am starting to create a section of recipes for those that that were in the schools when I grew up. I'll include this easy one.
  3. Just delicious. Perfect bit of crunch from the brown sugar in the peanut butter layer. The chocolate later was smooth and melt-in-your-mouth textured. Just what I remember from my youth and a super alternative to those orange wrapped things you get in the stores!!
  4. These taste fabulous! But...we have issues with the texture. The brown sugar made the peanut butter layer grainy and they never really set up at room temperature. I made this recipe because it was the only one I found that didn't take graham cracker crumbs and the ones *I* grew up with didn't have graham crackers in them. Would be good for someone with gluten intolerance.


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