Peanut Butter Mint bars

red clover

I once asked my little daughter what her favorite flavor of ice cream was and without even pausing, she grinned and excitedly responded  “pink”!

Well, I guess there we have it, pink is now an official flavor! 🙂  I’ve never thought of it as a flavor before , but it is one of my favorite colors, especially on flowers like this red clover…

red clover

red clover

red clover

Here is a recipe for two flavors not often put together, peanut butter and mint! These bars have a delightful combination of the two flavors – the salty nuttiness of the peanuts  and the smooth refreshing taste of the mint.

Isn’t this summer going by way toooo fast?…

Peanut Butter Mint Bars

Into a large mixing bowl combine:

      2 cups quick cooking oatmeal

      1- 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar

      1-1/2 cups flour

      1 teas baking powder

      1/2 teas baking soda

      1/2 teas salt

Then add:

      1/2 c butter, soften

       1/2 c butter flavored vegetable shortening

Mix until crumbly. Measure out 1 cup of this mixture and place into a small mixing bowl and toss with:

      1- 10 oz. pkg Andes creme de menthe baking chips

      1 c chopped dry roasted peanuts
Set aside. To the first crumbly mixture add:

       1 egg

Mix well. Press into a 15×10 inch greased baking pan and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. About two minutes before the 15 minutes are up, place into a small mixing bowl:

      1 can sweetened condensed milk

      1/2 cup real peanut butter

But do not mix together ( the reason for this being, once mixed together, it will start to get very thick and will become difficult to pour).  Take the bars out of the oven, quickly stir together the ingredients above and pour over the baked layer and carefully spread it out. Sprinkle the Andes mixture over the top and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cool completely in the  pan before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.