Peanut Butter Fingers

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peanut butter fingers

Hmmm, is it a “brownie”, “bar” or a “finger?”  This is a nice, easy recipe from the Amish Cook’s archives for “peanut butter fingers.” Typical of many Amish recipes this was somewhat sparse on instructions. For instance, the recipe did not call for a pan size. I think you could use a 9 X 13 baking dish. You’d get a thicker “bar”. I ended up using a 12 X 16 inch cookie sheet which made for a thinner bar.  Note I am calling them “bars” even though the title is “fingers.”  If you used a 9 X 13 and got something thicker I think you could cut them into long “finger shapes”….the 12 X 16 , I think, made them too thin to cut into anything other than squares or bars.  But if I did it again I might stick with the thinner “bars” pictured above because I really liked the way they turned out. The recipe makes a light, airy dessert with good peanut butter and chocolate flavor.  Very easy to make and using a 12 X 16 pan I ended up with close to 40 bars. I just lightly greased the cookie sheet with cooking spray, the recipe didn’t say specifically. Now I have 40 bars I need to go polish off:). Here is the recipe:

1 cup shortening

2 cups brown sugar

2 /3 cup peanut butter

2 cups oatmeal

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 /2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Glaze:

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa (the handwritten version of the recipe didn’t give an amount…so this can be adjusted to suit your taste)

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar, peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients. Spread onto large cookie sheet. Bake at 350.  Cool partly before glazing.  For glaze: combine water and butter. Bring to a boil.  Remove from the heat and add cocoa. Blend well, then add sugar and vanilla.  Beat until smooth, then spread over the dessert.  Let cool and cut into bars.

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The Discussion


  1. I can’t wait to try them!! I’m from Pa. and grew up with lots of Amish cooking,I can my sweet green tomato pickles,the apple butter and so much more.The tomato fritters are on of fav’s!!

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    • Welcome, Janet, good luck with the recipe, let us know how it turns out and what pan size you use!

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  2. will do, it’s cold and snowing,sleeting,so a good day to turn the oven on!

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  3. LINDA CALL says:


    IN THE GLAZE IT SAYS TO ADD COCOA, BUT THERE IS NONE LISTED IN THE INGREDIENTS!

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  4. LINDA CASS says:


    THE GLAZE INGREDIENTS DOESN’T SAY HOW MUCH COCOA TO USE. HOW MUCH?

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  5. Lori Desch says:


    How long do you bake it at 350?

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    • Lori, I baked for 17 minutes and they were perfect, so 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown would be safe.

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