Sunday, June 14, 2009

How do you bribe an Elder?

Melinda, this post is just for you!

When I served my LDS mission in South Carolina, I had a very wise trainer who taught me an important lesson...sometimes you have to bribe the elders to get what you need...and these peanut butter bars always did the trick.

In fact the elders loved them so much that later in my mission my entire district of Elders kidnapped my gold fish and held it ransom for these cookies. Yes of them was your husband! You'll have to make these cookies and ask him about my poor little Sellwood.

(For those of you who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints "Mormons", when we are 19 and 21 we can go and serve missions for our church. We serve for 18 months to 2 years and we travel teaching people about Christ and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Women missionaries are called sisters and male missionaries are called elders. For more information you can visit

(The name Norwood is a combination of Nordfelt and Atwood. The elders on our mission started combining our name to Norwood because they said we were so much alike. Thus I now call these cookies Norwood Peanut Butter Bars.)

(Recipe courtesy Melinda Atwood Oldham)

1 C. white sugar
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. butter softened
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 C. peanut butter
2 C. flour
2 t. soda
1 t. salt
2 C. instant oats

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9x13 pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Cream sugar, butter, and eggs until well blended.
3. Add vanilla peanut butter, mix well.
4. Stir in dry ingredients, including oats.
5. Spread into the prepared 9x13 pan and bake for 20 minutes.
6. Cool for 15 minutes then spread with chocolate frosting. (recipe below)


2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. Coco
2 T. butter
1 t. vanilla
2 T. milk

Mix powdered sugar, coco and butter in a mixer. Add vanilla an milk, mix until creamy.


Jen said...

Oh my gosh those peanut butter bars look so good, I'm drooling on my keyboard. How do you do it all? I think you are amazing!

Valerie said...

I love peanut butter and chocolate together! They look so good.

Unknown said...

This is just like cade's favorite peanut butter bars. They are so yummy!

Melinda said...

Oh what fun memories! And remember how we found a street that was named Norwood, we took our picture by it. I still love those peanut butter bars, can't make them too often or I eat too many of them.

Mindika said...

Me too Melinda...way too many. This time however, I cut the recipe in half and gave most of them away to my neighbors! My husband and brother took care of the rest. My technique for portion control :)

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