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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Peanut Butter Fingers - Guest Post by My Mom (with help from Jamie and Everly)

Greetings!  Dana, Jamie, and I volunteered to do a guest post for Jenni, allowing her a little extra time to finish up her packing in preparation for her move.   Dana, Evie, and I would bake while Jamie would do the photographing.   As always, what appeared to be and should have been a simple task emerged into an all-afternoon project!  Not to mention, Dana was 200+ miles away in New Jersey by the time we realized we needed to get cookin’!  Her short visit of 24 hours allowed no time for us to bake one of our all-time favorite desserts.  So, unfortunately she was not here to lick the bowl or (fortunately) wonder why it took Jamie and me 4+1/2 hours to bake and then photograph a recipe we’ve been making for almost five decades.

With that being said, as you all know ‘chocolate’ is a fervent addiction in our family.  Add peanut butter to the mix and we become delirious! This recipe is a delectable mix of the two that my mom found over 50 years ago from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine in 1962. It was the official Pillsbury winning bake-off recipe, in which we so appreciate her cutting out of the magazine on that warm summer day! We have been baking and eating and baking and eating it ever since – right on down to the fourth generation, being my mom’s great grandchildren.  The recipe is called “Peanut Butter Fingers.”  They are heavenly and they are rich.  In other words – be careful.  My sister and I used to make ourselves sick when we baked these because we always managed to overindulge … =)

Peanut Butter Fingers
Cream together:
    ½ c. melted margarine
    ½ c. granulated sugar
    ½ c. packed brown sugar
Blend in:
    1 unbeaten egg
    1/3 c. peanut butter
    ¼ tsp. salt
    ½ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. vanilla
Stir in:
    1 c. flour
    1 c. quick cooking rolled oats
Spread in 9x13 greased pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1 c. of chocolate bits.  Let stand for 5 minutes.
    ½ c. confectioners sugar
    ¼ c. peanut butter
    2-4 Tbsp. milk
Mix well.
Spread melted chocolate bits evenly. Drizzle with peanut butter mixture and spread over top of chocolate.  Cool; cut into bars.


They are using a bowl that was Everly Penniman's great great grandmother's (whom she was named after).  Evie looks thrilled. =)

Heidi (and Jamie and Everly)

P.S. - This is Jenni now - I have to say if you only ever try one recipe from our blog this would be the one you should try - they are absolutely divine and you can eat a whole pan yourself...which I suppose isn't really a good thing! =)


  1. Oh these look dangerous!!! I am firing up the old mixing bowl as we speak ;) thanks for sharing!!

  2. She's so BIG already! How did that happen???

  3. I was totally confused when this popped up on my reader because...

    1. I follow Peanut Butter Fingers blog -
    2. Lauren's blog is Powered by Peanut Butter

    Way too many similarities for my simple mind BUT I do want to try this yummy recipe. Mmmm...

  4. Yummy and adorable! Need I say more?

  5. These look so delicious. My daughter has a peanut allergy, but I might try this with almond or cashew butter instead! Thanks for the recipe and the adorable baby photos...

  6. These look decadent. I must make soon. Yummy! Peanut butter and chocolate is the perfect combination. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Everly is so so cute. What a doll.

  7. These look absolutely divine!! I can't wait to try making them!...thank you for sharing!...xv

  8. Another great post, Heidi! Think i'll go make some peanut butter fingers....didn't know the history before so thanks! Love the pictures of you & Everly, too! See you & all in NC! What fun! love, Jan

  9. Oh my, you know I'm going to have to try this...and then I probably will end up eating it all to myself ;). Love seeing pictures of your family, especially the little ones, Everly looks so precious.

  10. oh my word, I will have to make this for the kiddies and OH, I will be the best cook lol......

  11. I just tried this recipe, and it is delicious! I think this will be our new favorite.

  12. I just made this and it is delicious, so easy!!


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