Ari has his backpack ready!
However, for the majority of the kids, the day after Labor Day is the usual. Our daughters, Erin and Kelly, looked forward to this day; new books, new supplies, and their uniform pressed and laying out. I loved planning a special treat to put in their lunch box for the first day, adding a little note to "have a good day!"
My mother baked special treats too. Cookies and brownies, homemade, always made looking forward to lunch that much more enjoyable. I remember sharing these treats with my best friends while talking about our new teacher(s) and what our favorite subjects were.
So, whether your children are off to school or are home schooled, these brownie treats are sure to be a hit for the start of a new year of learning.
Brownie~Peanut Butter Bars
3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" pieces
5 oz. chocolate, bittersweet or semi-sweet, chopped
1/3 cup cocoa
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 T Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter (homemade or bought)
Prepare either a 12" x 17" sheet pan or a 9" x 13" baking pan by brushing with melted butters. Add a sheet of parchment paper, fitted to the pan, and brush again with melted butter.
In a double boiler, add the chocolate, cocoa and butter.