Sometimes there are days when you just wish for a little taste of nostalgia. This recipe for School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars has taken us back to our school days, and the memories associated with it, big time.
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Looking back on my high school days, I realize now that I really wasn’t “popular”. In reality, I was just the infamous crazy chick who dyed her hair on a weekly basis, acted all bad-ass and came to school reeking of pot in combat boots.
I wasn’t always that way
For most of elementary and middle school, I was technically a geek. I felt as if I didn’t fit in and my home life was not typical of most of my peers. I was in middle school waiting to go home and be the “woman of the house” because I did not have a mother. My father had to work and sleep odd hours to make ends meet.
School for my Redneck wasn’t much better.
Oh so true. I was an only child who had to create a small group of faux siblings from friends I had made at school but always went home to an empty house at the end of the day. I was a latch-key kid starting at first grade so I learned at a very early age how to fend for myself. These peanut butter bars serve to remind me of the excitement my “friblings” and I felt while waiting in the lunch line every time they came around on the menu. Oh , the simple pleasures.
Even with all of the hassle, and the memories may be bittersweet at times, but I tend to try to look back fondly. Especially on lunchtime. It was one of the only times of the day when I wasn’t forced to be around people who I didn’t really like (and I’m sure they weren’t my biggest fans either). I could just be me and be with my friends.
Certain dishes are definitely associated with these times in my life. We had our favorites, and honestly, come my junior and senior year, the day these School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars were served came to be the only days that I ate at school.
It’s actually pretty comical that both my Redneck and myself can even remember exactly what else was on that divided cafeteria try with these peanut butter bars. (Remember those trays? You can still buy them if you want to here. Check it out. I may buy some just as a joke!)
These, the rectangular slab of cardboard-like pizza, and buttered corn. Proper nutrition?? What government based agency thought that this was a good meal??
Fast Forward 20 Years
Reminiscing one day with one of my high school friends, and these School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars became a part of the conversation.
My friend is one of the best mothers and homemakers I know. She has done so many things and been such a part of every aspect of her kids’ lives. It’s amazing how much she does with, and for, her family.
One of these things was working part-time in the school cafeteria. Which gave her an “insider” status. And she had this recipe!!!
Now, any time we get on a kick to taste a little nostalgia from our school days, I whip up a batch of these School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars.
It’s amazing how much the taste takes you back.
School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars
School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars
There are days when you just wish for a taste of nostalgia. This recipe for School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars has taken us back to our school days.
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 ¼ cup sugar
- 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Mix all together in a large bowl.
Spread mixture evenly in a jelly roll pan.
Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.
“Cake” will not look quite done. It will set as it cools.
Frost with homemade (or store-bought) vanilla frosting mixed with 3 tbsp. peanut butter.
Change it up ideas
The peanut butter frosting paired with the peanut butter bars is amazing. But you could also frost with chocolate frosting and get a lot of praise for that version too. Try it both ways and let me know your favorite.