Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

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Did you grow up on these in your school cafeteria? Don't tell my mom, but I remember trading the rest of my meal with anyone who would oblige and sometimes ended up with three of these bars on my tray. I am a dessert girl, and these were my favorite!


  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal


  • Mix together and put in greased and floured 12 x 16 pan.
  • Bake at 350* for 20 minutes.


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Mix and add enough water (we used about 1 cup) to make it to spreading consistency. Spread evenly on bars.

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  • Just as delicious as I remember!
  • I think next time I might put them in a smaller pan so they are a little thicker.
  • In school the bars were usually a darker color, although I believe this is the exact recipe.
  • I'm not sure why they are called crunch bars, as there is really no crunch. Did we mix them too well?
  • Another idea I had is to add M&Ms on top...which would taste like monster cookie bars!

Thanks to Lauren for sharing this recipe with me so I could make it for our life group! I know Chris really enjoyed them :)

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