1990s blog: Peanut Butter Fingers

I loved these cookies as a young girl, enjoying them fresh in my mother’s kitchen. One of my all-time favorite cookies. Why are they called “fingers”? I don’t know. I do know that Mother always cut these into rectangles rather than squares. Maybe that made them finger-like.

Peanut Butter Fingers

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 12-ounce package chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup canned milk (you can use fresh milk if you wish; in the 1950s, canned milk was quite common)

Cream the margarine and add the white and brown sugars, mixing well. Blend in the egg,  1/3 cup peanut butter, and vanilla. Stir together the baking soda, salt, flour, and oatmeal, then add to the blended mixture.

Spread in a greased 13″x9″ pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the baked cookies with the chocolate chips and let stand for 5 minutes, until the chips melt. Then, spread the melted chocolate chips evenly over the cookies.

Combine the powdered sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and milk. Drizzle this peanut butter mixture over the melted chocolate. Cool.

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Please refer to my Cookie Recipe Basics to make sure your cookies turn out!
Read the introduction to my 1990s cooking blog for background information.

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