Peanut Butter Chews Recipe
Several people from San Diego contacted me, hoping it was the infamous recipe that used to be made by San Diego City Schools.
BUT...I found THE ONE!
Very exciting. I'm so proud of my ability to find just about anything on the internet.
As a side note, I was listening to a radio show the other night about how the percentage of peanut allergies has gotten to practically epidemic proportions, and how there is no way that many allergies are legit.
Very very few people actually have an acute reaction to peanuts.
Authorities seem to feel it's like hysteria.
I think that's really sad, because that's probably one of the reasons this cookie is no longer sold at the schools (that and people hyperactive about dieting too).
The radio show was interviewing a doctor, who said keeping kids away from nuts is actually counter productive--we need to be exposed to a certain amount of things to develop a tolerance.
Too, overall nuts are a really healthy snack.
PEANUT BUTTER CHEWS
This recipe makes 32 bars.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons margarine, butter or shortening (the original recipe probably made a huge amount, hence the weird quantity)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons peanut butter
4-1/2 teaspoons very hot water
Combine butter, sugars, peanut butter, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Mix, creaming well.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Add rolled oats and mix well.
Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix until well blended.
Spread batter into a greased 12-by-18-inch cookie pan with sides (meaning a 'half sheet' baking pan).
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not over bake.
For the glaze:
Combine powdered sugar and peanut butter.
Gradually add hot water.
Spread glaze on warm Peanut Butter Chews.
Cut while warm. Cookies will be of a chewy consistency.
(From the San Diego Unified School District Food Services Department.
(recipe found here)
Update!: I just a posted another version of this recipe.
Find it in my October 2010 post: