Confession time. “The Hunger Games” – never read the book nor seen the movie. My mommy skin is not thick enough for it. I mean, kids fighting to death for food? Really? I’ll pass, even though the internet is still buzzing about it and I love to read.
Apparently, the fascination with this subject goes beyond the books or the movie. Some people actually bought bows to hunt! Talk about influence.
Just recently, I’ve read about a woman who made her husband stand in line overnight ( !!! ) to buy a bow so she can start hunting for rabbits. Umm, yeah…. Poor guy… I hope she made him some sweet treat when he got home. Like these bars. They are so easy to whip up and will satisfy any peanut butter lover.
So to all of you “Hunger Games” fans, I hope we can relate on peanut butter level. Deal? Deal. Because these bars are irresistible. Oh, and did I say how easy they are to make? Like 10 minutes of prep and off to the oven they go! Make the glaze ( the best peanut butter glaze ever by the way! ), spread on cooled bars, let set and devour! Even if you are doing it while watching “The Hunger Games”.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 13" x 9" pan with aluminum foil. Lightly grease the bottom and sides. Set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt together peanut butter and butter. Whisk until smooth.
- Add both sugars and whisk until all combined. Add vanilla and eggs and whisk until smooth.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder and salt ). Add to the wet ingredients. Whisk together until smooth.
- Pour the batter into prepared baking pan. Spread evenly.
- Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the sides are golden brown.
- Prepare the glaze, while your bars are cooling.
- In a microwave-safe measuring cup, melt together butter and peanut butter.
- Pour into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk together.
- Add vanilla ( or coffee ) and whisk again.
- Add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth and spreadable consistency.
- If you think your glaze is too thick, you can add a splash of milk to thin it out to spreading consistency.
- Spread the glaze over a warm cake. Let it cool completely until the glaze sets.
- Cut into bars.
The bars recipe comes from Paula Deen’s cookbook “Paula Deen’s Kitchen Classics”.
What is your take on “The Hunger Games”?