June 25, 2012

Pie Auction and Peanut Butter Fingers Cookies

Over the weekend we attended an old-fashioned pie auction fundraiser.


My contribution was my Peanut Butter Fingers cookies. Granddaughter helped me make two batches, one for the auction and one for us - because, you know, they are our favorite cookies! Don't worry, I'm sharing the recipe at the bottom of this post; they might turn out to be your favorite cookies too.

After baking them, spreading the melted chocolate chips across the top for frosting, and letting them cool, I mixed the glaze. The powdered sugar was lumpy, and I never did get all of the little tiny lumps out. I also added too much milk. I quickly decided that that batch of glaze was going on our own batch of the cookies.

When I started over with the second batch of glaze, I was wishing for a sifter for the powdered sugar. My solution was to run it through my spice grinder (an electric coffee bean grinder that was given to me by a good friend years ago). It worked great and gave me super-fine powdered sugar. I added one less teaspoon of milk, and then spooned it into a sandwich baggie. By cutting off a corner of the bag, I could squeeze the glaze out into a nice, neat cross-hatch pattern. I'm glad I did ours first so that this one looked so nice.


I cut them neatly and layered them on the glass plate I'd bought at a local thrift shop; I felt that a paper plate just wouldn't do for a fundraiser where we hoped to raise lots of dollars.

There were six tables of baked goods, and a refrigerator full of cream pies. My plate of cookies was the first item auctioned off. The auctioneer talked it up big and mentioned the nice plate too.


The final bid was $275, and when we left just before the end of the auction, it was still the highest-selling item. I'm kind of proud of that.


Oh yes, ours tasted really good. Not as pretty, perhaps - you can see the tiny white lumps of powdered sugar in the glaze - but they were really good.

The Peanut Butter Fingers recipe has been a go-to in our family for years. My youngest daughter made this for the county fair in Michigan and won Best of Show; after we moved she made it again for the 4-H Food and Craft Fair here in Oklahoma and again won Best of Show. It's a simple recipe to make and oh, so good:

Peanut Butter Fingers

Bar and Frosting:
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
6-oz pkg (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Glaze:
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp peanut butter
3-5 tsp milk

Heat oven to 350°. Grease 9x13" pan. In a large bowl, combine all bar and frosting ingredients except chocolate chips at low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into bottom of prepared pan.

Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes; spread evenly.

In small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients; drizzle over chocolate frosting. Cool completely; cut into bars.

From Pillsbury's Cookies, Cookies and More Cookies Cookbook, copyright 1980

What is your family's favorite cookie recipe?


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6 comments:

  1. Wow, that's so nice! :) I've read about these sorts of things, but never been to one. Sounds very nice. Thanks for sharing, and your dish looks delicious! :)

    In Him;
    April

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  2. Those types of fundraisers are so much fun! You must be known as a good baker since yours went the highest!! They look yummy for sure!

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  3. Thank you both. I don't think anyone knew they were mine, although I did write on the tag that they are "award winning in two states" (Michigan and Oklahoma county fairs). They were bought by a bank in town; I hope the employees enjoyed their coffee break snack.

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  4. Wonderful Kathi! :) They look beautiful! And I'm so happy yours was so popular. :) They sure were very eye appealing! :)
    Oh I have no doubt the employees enjoyed them! :)

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  5. Ps. Praying for you and yours. May Jesus bless.

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  6. Mmmmmmm...... Thanks for sharing on the Cookie Exchange!

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