Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Bars

The real sign for how good a potluck is, is by the number of pans of bars that are sitting at the end of the picnic table. Made in a 9x13 pan, bars are kind of like a cookie but not quite, and usually involve some combination of nuts, chocolate, cereal, marshmallows or fruit. I've been trying to find a decisive answer about why they became such a staple at every. single. midwest event. Honestly, I think it's because they require some of the least effort for any dessert. It's not that midwesterners are lazy, we're just efficient. Nothing is more efficient or delicious than throwing together a batch of peanut butter bars last minute for whatever potluck you forgot you had. At first glance you might think it's a Scotcheroo (the reigning king of bars) but take a bite and you will be hit with the amazing taste of something almost like a Reese's peanut butter cup.  

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