My grandkids love these. Very easy to make.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together shortening and sugar. Add the beaten egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla; stir in flour and salt. Mix well. Spread in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch buttered pan.

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  • Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 15 minutes. Let cool.

  • To Make Frosting: Mix together confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter or margarine, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add just enough milk for the proper consistency. Frost cooled bars.

Nutrition Facts

460.1 calories; 5.7 g protein; 56.5 g carbohydrates; 19.1 mg cholesterol; 168.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
This is an excellent recipe with just a few changes. First I halved the recipe except used 2 eggs and 1 cup of white sugar. I used butter instead of shortening and self-rising flour instead of regular. I also upped the cooking time to 25 minutes. These were soooo good that icing was not needed. Try this. You will like it too! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/30/2008
My husband requested "bars like school used to make" so despite to bad reviews I tried this one. It sounded the most like what they made. When you follow the recipe exactly the bar are literally like wet sand! Crumbly is not descriptive enough to say what happens to them. I put them in a container and the container looked like it had brown sugar in it not bars. It is a good base for a recipe though here is how to fix it and not have the recipe be bland (the original has no peanut butter in the actual bar) Use 1 cup brown sugar AND one cup regular sugar. Add the 1/2 cup peanut butter to the dough after creaming the shortening and sugar. Then add TWO eggs. Just one doesn't do it. Then follow everything else just like it says. With the few changes made these bars are fantastic! Hubby gave the original recipe a 5. (I had added extra sugar and peanut butter but followed everything else.) He gave the modified version a 10! This recipe is a good base make a few minor changes like I said and it really is spectactular! Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 3 stars
10/30/2008
My husband requested "bars like school used to make" so despite to bad reviews I tried this one. It sounded the most like what they made. When you follow the recipe exactly the bar are literally like wet sand! Crumbly is not descriptive enough to say what happens to them. I put them in a container and the container looked like it had brown sugar in it not bars. It is a good base for a recipe though here is how to fix it and not have the recipe be bland (the original has no peanut butter in the actual bar) Use 1 cup brown sugar AND one cup regular sugar. Add the 1/2 cup peanut butter to the dough after creaming the shortening and sugar. Then add TWO eggs. Just one doesn't do it. Then follow everything else just like it says. With the few changes made these bars are fantastic! Hubby gave the original recipe a 5. (I had added extra sugar and peanut butter but followed everything else.) He gave the modified version a 10! This recipe is a good base make a few minor changes like I said and it really is spectactular! Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
This is an excellent recipe with just a few changes. First I halved the recipe except used 2 eggs and 1 cup of white sugar. I used butter instead of shortening and self-rising flour instead of regular. I also upped the cooking time to 25 minutes. These were soooo good that icing was not needed. Try this. You will like it too! Read More
(31)
Rating: 2 stars
09/08/2004
I did not care for these however my husband & son thought they were pretty good. Way too greasy & too much Crisco for me. Flavor wasn't bad but I'd never make them again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/31/2008
After baking the bars they were way to salty and did not hold together at all. It needed peanut butter added to the dough because it tasted very bland. The icing proportions are way off - it was a runny mess. Too much milk maybe? I will not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/24/2004
Did I miss something in the recipe? My so-called dough was very crumble like and after baking it still seemed crumbley and almost raw. I followed directions correctly. Anyone with any help?? I really wanted these bars to turn out like I had in school. Suggestions please! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/09/2007
I made these for a pot luck and they didn't get put out because someone had a peanut allergy. I tried them when I got home and was relieved that no one ate them! Really not good at all. The base is just a tasteless vehicle for the topping. A waste of ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
My family loves these. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is a very good recipes it's easy you have everything in your pantry for it and it's yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2003
This was sweet and satisfying. I didn't have any choc. chips coconut or raisins in the pantry but still came out of the kitchen with something yummy! Thanks! Read More
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