Peanut Butter Delight
When I was in high school, there appeared one day on the cafeteria line an innocuous-looking little dessert they called "Peanut Butter Delight."
Apparently some sort of chocolate bar cookie, it was rather plain looking and appeared unbaked, unlike a real bar cookie. Actually, it looked rather like something you might make in home ec class, if you took it, which I didn't. In other words, Peanut Butter Delight did not look like any big deal.
Still, a chocolate bar cookie is a possibility not to be ignored and before long, every student in the cafeteria had succumbed to the most fabulous bar cookie ever created. Passionate moans of gustatory delight rolled from one side of the cafeteria to the other. Moist, yet dry. Crumbly, but manageable by hand. Students inhaled it like there would be no tomorrow.
From that moment on students anxiously monitored the cafeteria menu for mention of Peanut Butter Delight. On any other day, kids might risk Coach Cushwa and his riding lawnmower in order to sneak out for lunch at Tommy's BBQ. But on PB Delight day, the cafeteria was packed. Roaming bands of teenaged boys, many of them football players, went from table to table, repeating the mantra: "You gonna eat that? I'll give you a quarter for it. C'mon! Thirty cents." Wise students covered their serving with a hand in case a simple "no" didn't suffice.
Nowadays this delectable little treat can be found in convenience stores all across North Carolina. Of course, it'll cost you upwards of $1.00 per bar...and one bar only leaves you wanting more. So here it is, an epicurean adventure you won't likely forget. Just don't lose the recipe. You'll want to hand it down to your kids.
THS "We had it first!" Peanut Butter Delight
1 stick butter
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
4 tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. quick oatmeal
1/2 c. peanut butter
Put first 4 ingredients in a pot and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, measure out oatmeal and peanut butter into a large bowl and set aside.
Boil chocolate mixture for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir.
Pour chocolate mixture over the oatmeal and peanut butter and stir well. The peanut butter will melt. When well mixed, pour batter into a buttered pan. Let cool, if you can, and cut into squares.
Serves 1 very greedy person. So.... Maybe you better make two batches, huh?
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