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Peanut Butter Dreams

on September 18, 2015

This is another recipe that came from me!! I didn’t remember these Peanut Butter Dreams or where the recipe came from, but once I made them, I definitely remembered them and how good they are. We have a thing about bars in Minnesota. You’ll find them at most large gatherings: family dinners, church events, fundraisers. But here’s the thing about bars – it isn’t pronounce it the way you’d think. It’s not pronounced “barz”, but “barse”!!! It may not be a Minnesota thing – it may be a Scandinavian thing or maybe a farm thing, but it can be heard at church gatherings throughout the state! You can just see the little ladies asking “would you like some barse?”.

Peanut Butter Dreams

Peanut Butter Dreams 2

Oh my gosh – these are so good!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Peanut Butter Dreams

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup coconut

6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream butter and peanut butter; add 1/2 cup brown sugar gradually.

Beat until fluffy.

Add one cup flour in halves, mixing until blended after each addition.

Press evenly into greased 9″ x 9″ x 2″ baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, beat eggs, vanilla, and 1 cup brown sugar until thick.

Add a mixture of 1/3 cup flour and baking powder, beat until blended.

Stir in coconut and chocolate chips.

Spread evenly over partially baked layer in pan.

Bake 30 more minutes.

Cool completely and then cut into bars.


You can pat the dough into the pan like Play-Doh. It makes a delicious crust.


Before and after baking the topping – so good.


You can kind of see the layers here.


I recommend trying these warm. And gooey. And melty. And warm.


It’s a good thing that these only make a 9″ x 9″ pan. You can have a few of these unbelievably delicious bars, and then be done with them, but it will be really hard to not make another pan. Try these. I dare you.



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