• Lauren Humphreys

Peanut Butter Bars

In my bio, I reference my 5 siblings. I’d like to tell you about the youngest for a moment. Miss O is my sweet little sister Olivia, and she is currently a junior in high school. I absolutely adore her for several reasons:

1. She is beautiful, both in appearance and more importantly, personality.

2. She is incredibly hardworking. This can be evidenced by her grade point average and also her involvement in extra-curricular activities.  This includes 4-H, a local garden project in the community, running track, AND training for a half marathon! Go Miss O!

3. She is selfless and kind. This little lady is adored by everyone of all ages. Her heart is gold.

4. She is talented. Her creativity and attention to detail is advanced, especially for her age. 

Now that I’ve been reminiscing on high school, one of the things that comes to mind are the Fort Dodge Senior High (FDSH) peanut butter bars. Anyone who graduated from FDSH the past 10 years probably knows exactly what I’m talking about here. Soft, chewy, and perfectly sweet, these bars are sure to please, especially for fans of the chocolate/peanut butter combo. On top of the peanut butter and oat base, these bars are generously covered in chocolate chips and lastly drizzled with a sweet, peanut butter icing. I will never forget the day when I asked one of the kitchen managers for this coveted recipe. She gladly obliged and provided me with a scaled down version that I’ve been making ever since.

These bars are a cinch to make with ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. The only real trick to these bars in ensuring success is to NOT overbake them. Also, these are Olivia approved! Be sure to check out more photos below (including my spill)!

Peanut Butter Bars

Recipe adapted from the FDSH School Lunch Program

½  cup butter, softened

½  cup  sugar

½  cup brown sugar

½ cup creamy peanut butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

¾ cup quick or old-fashioned oats

1 tsp baking soda

¼  tsp salt

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1-1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

2-3 Tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture, just until combined. Spread the dough into a greased or parchment lined 9”x13” pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and puffed—do not overbake! Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. 

While the bars are baking, combine icing ingredients until smooth and creamy. You may add extra powdered sugar and/or milk to reach desired consistency. Once bars are cool, drizzle over the top.

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