These cookies were made by the cafeteria workers at Akron's Hyre Junior High School in the 1960s and 1970s. The recipe was preserved in a cookbook put together by the school's PTA and remains one of the most requested recipes from the Beacon Journal's archives


HYRE JUNIOR HIGH PEANUT BUTTER BARS

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

2/3 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

2 cups flour

Vanilla icing (recipe follows)

Beat together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in egg. Combine dry ingredients and mix into batter with hands. Spread evenly in buttered jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. When cool, ice. Cut into bars.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars.

VANILLA ICING

1 1/3 cups powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

1/3 stick (about 2½ tbsp.) butter, softened

¾ tsp. vanilla

Simple syrup (see note)

Combine sugar, salt, butter and vanilla. Add enough simple syrup to achieve spreading consistency.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a saucepan. Cook and stir 10 to 15 minutes, until sugar dissolves. Cool. (You may want to double the batch for thicker coverage.)