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Peanut Butter Fingers

What you need: 

3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon soda
about 3/4 cup peanut butter
1 can chocolate frosting* or homemade chocolate frosting

What you do: 

I got this recipe from my daughter-in-law, Sharee. We have nick-named these cookies Little Bit Bars because you promise yourself I’ll just have a little bit and before long you have eaten a whole row. They are a thin cookie so don't be worried about the lack of batter to spread in a whole cookie sheet.
Cream oil and vegan sugars. Add applesauce and vanilla and mix well. Add oatmeal, flour and soda; mix well. Press into lightly greased cookie sheet. (I use my fingers--sprayed w/ Pam to spread the batter or I use the back of a spoon) Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, just until lightly brown. Take out of oven and drop pan on cupboard (this settles the cookies) but DONT TURN PAN OVER AND DUMP THE COOKIES OUT! Spread top with 3/4 c. peanut butter and cool (about 1 hour). Spread with chocolate frosting. *(Read the labels--Snackwells makes a clean chocolate frosting--or make a chocolate frosting from scratch).

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Ok, so I made these today and had high hopes. Yes they are yummy (how can peanut butter, chocolate and oatmeal not be delicious?!) however here are the things that I'll change if I ever make them again:

1. Bake them longer! 15 min is not enough and neither is getting them lightly brown. They were really mushy and hard to hold (and I baked them for more time and they were more brown). I thought maybe I hadn't chilled them enough and even put them in the fridge; that didn't help either.

2. Don't forget to sift all the dry ingredients together before adding them to the sugars and oil.

3. Make them right before you're going to serve them - everything is sticky on the top and it can't be put in a cookie jar/plate. 

4. Next time I wont make bars out of them but traditional cookies instead (to get them to bake through).

Personally I don't like messy cookies/bars 

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