Memories from past school days……

There isn’t a lot I like to remember from my school days. I really didn’t like school…had no interest in it, sadly. But I do remember my school friends and still think of them often. My friend Patrice, who I recently reconnected with…..YAY!!!!….was my good buddy in high school. We were the best of friends and got into some mischief together. We would stand in line at the school cafeteria for these delicious peanut butter chews. The chews were only made once or twice a week and they were fifty cents if I recall. You could smell them throughout the campus. I would sneak some quarters from my dad’s jar just to buy these chews. After I had graduated, I thought about those bars often. One day I was reading the newspaper, several years later. I saw that a reader had requested the recipe. Was I ever excited to see that the recipe was right there in the newspaper!!!!!!!!!!! The caption read “San Diego Unified School District gladly shares their recipe for a childhood favorite”. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went home that night and made a batch and I have been making them ever since. They are amazing. So rich, chewy, sweet, buttery and oh so comforting. They are drizzled with a peanut butter glaze and melt in your mouth. YUM-M-M.

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Peanut Butter Chews
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, plus 2 tsp butter, shortening or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup oats

Glaze
6 Tblsp powdered sugar
2 tsp peanut butter
Hot water

Mix butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla until well creamed. Add peanut butter..mix till combined. Add dry ingredients and mix till combined. Spread it out into a 12×18 sheet pan. Bake at 350 for 20-24 minutes. DON’T OVERBAKE. You want them chewy, not cakey. Allow to cool somewhat.
Mix the glaze ingredients…adding enough HOT water just to make a nice semi thick drizzle. Spread over the bars…cut, eat and enjoy!
SOOOOOOOOOOO good.

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