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Everything is better with peanut butter
DEAR MELBA: For these Peanut Butter bars, you can prepare your peanut butter cookie dough yourself or you can use the packaged peanut butter cookie dough. They both result in good bars.
PEANUT BUTTER BARS
1 package (16 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix, prepared but unbaked
1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
1/2 cup half-and-half
11/2 tablespoons peanut butter, approximately
1 cup chopped nuts, your choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press prepared cookie dough as thin as possible into bottom of 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Do not press it up the sides. This makes the crust. The thinner the crust, the better. You will have a little leftover dough; use it for cookies.
Measure out 1/2 cup peanut butter chips and set aside. In small saucepan, combine remaining peanut butter chips, half-and-half and peanut butter. Cook over medium heat until all ingredients are melted. Remove from heat and stir in nuts and vanilla.
Pour over cookie crust, spreading gently with rubber spatula. Sprinkle with reserved peanut butter chips and bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Will cut into about 2 dozen to 3 dozen bars.
— Mary Lee Colwell, Wilburton
Happy 100th, Mr. Hrdy!
DEAR MELBA: This request is from the children of Frank Hrdy. We are so pleased to announce that our father, Frank Hrdy, will be 100 years young on Aug. 18. He would love to receive birthday cards from readers. His address is Route 4, Box 20, Okarche, OK 73762.
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