Whether you're in mourning over the election results or whether you're celebrating (wink to my favorite Uncle K2) I have just the item to help you with your emotions. This new recipe I have found is just what we need to mend the partisanship that has been raging through our wonderful country for far too long. I implore you, make these bars... Savor the peanutty goodness... Take a plate to your neighbor and deliver it with a smile and a handshake of peace. (Also because this makes a HUGE pan full and it's too much for just one family to eat. Believe me.)
On a more serious note, I am determined to be optimistic about the election. Yes, I had a moment of despair last night when I finally turned the results on (around 10 pm), but a new day has given me hope. I will give Mr. Obama a chance. America is too great a nation to let this tear us down. I remembered that a few years ago, when my town elected a new mayor, I did not want that person leading our town. I was so disappointed that he won. To my amazement, he has done a terrific job. You should know that when election time rolled around again, I voted for him. I like to think that I vote for the person rather than the party. (I have voted for the other party more than once in my life.... yes, it's true.)
So without further adieu and no more moaning and groaning about politics, I give you:
American Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup softened butter
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups oats
2 cups flour
Mix together (wet ingredients first) and spread into LARGE cookie sheet (I used the silver jelly-roll pan). Bake 10-12 minutes at 350*. Let it cool and frost with chocolate icing.
to be fancy, instead of using plain 'ole chocolate icing from a can, why don't you: put a bunch of chocolate chips on the top of the bars, right after you pull them out of the oven. Wait for about 10 minutes and then spread them all around. Then take some peanut butter icing that you made up while the choc. chips are melting and swirl that into the chocolate. I tell you, after about two bites of this, EVERYONE can be friends!!!
(Sorry no pictures. After I made them I took them to my YW activity and they were eaten up.)