Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tea Room Recipe #34 - Country Cottage Tearoom (Mountain Home, Ark.)

This week I was in the mood for something sweet that was easy to make and bake, and these Peanutty Bars made with a boxed cake mix were just the thing!

I found this recipe in the 1989 cookbook "Welcome to the Country Cottage" by Pat Graves. This is, I believe, the fourth tea room cookbook from Arkansas that I've featured this year, so I believe Arkansas must have been a real tea room mecca at one time.

These bars took just minutes to whip up, and when I cut them into 1-inch squares, they were just the right size for a bite or two of sweetness along with the afternoon's tea. Definitely a keeper for when you need an easy-to-make sweet treat!

Peanutty Bars


1 package yellow cake mix
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 large egg


1 can ready-to-spread chocolate fudge frosting
1/4 cup peanut butter

Garnish: 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl of mixer, add all base ingredients and combine until crumbly. Press into a 13 x 9-inch pan prepared with cooking spray. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. In another bowl, combine frosting and peanut butter. Spread on base and sprinkle with chopped peanuts if desired.


  1. Thanks for the recipe, Angela. The photos are beautiful.

  2. Now this is my kind of cake to make, easy and sounds delicious too.

  3. I think children would especially love this one! Have a great weekend!

  4. Oh yum, delish and easy- love that combo.

    I adore peanut butter and chocolate (just ask the Hershey Co. how many Resee's Cups I have consumed over the years) so this would be great.

    However, hubs is allergic to nuts so I would have to make and do this when he is gone or something.

    Thank you so much for another great recipe to try! Hugs!

  5. Looks yummy, Angela! Another winning recipe, thank you for sharing. Joanie

  6. Arkansas still has a lot of great tea rooms - at least northwest Arkansas does. Alot of them are coffee shops & tea rooms combined.


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