Twenty years ago an amazing woman shared this recipe with me. It was enjoyed by many of my friends to celebrate the birth of a very special baby at a shower that I helped host. Breast cancer took this special friend of mine on July 6, 2004. I miss her now. Every time that I make these Peanut Butter Bars I think of her. Every honor’s night I miss our talks of love, life and school. At graduation I miss her pinning my hood along with most everyone elses to make sure it was straight. Movelle Murdock was a wonderful person, a loving wife, a devoted mother of two, and one of the best teachers that I have ever known. She was the head of the math department and she knew her stuff. Movelle was funny, full of boundless energy, and she had a wonderful personality. Everyone respected her opinion. She was a fabulous cook and an equally talented seamstress putting together costumes for the musical every year. I will never be as strong as she was. She taught quite often the same day she received chemo. I don’t know how she did it. Movelle will always be my hero. In May of 2004 Movelle decided that it would be her last year to teach. She and her family planned to move back to her husband’s hometown and enjoy the rest of her life. She gave the baccalaureate speech to our senior class with her daughter part of the graduating class. Tears slid down the cheeks of those that knew what was happening. On graduation night she walked out on the field with our faculty wearing a clown wig because she had no hair. She was celebrating the graduation of her daughter. A little over a month later she was taken away from us. She gave a great fight and lost.
To honor Movelle each semester I make these Peanut Butter Bars and share my story of friendship with my students. Now I am sharing it with you. Enjoy!
The batter will look like this.
Cool a couple of hours or overnight before cutting.
Movelle’s Peanut Butter Bars Yield about 2 dozen bars
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup plain flour
- 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and milk. Stir in salt, flour, and baking powder. Pour into a 13×9 in. pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Immediately put chocolate chips on top of the bars. Allow a few minutes for the chips to melt. Spread melted chocolate over the bars. Cool completely before cutting about 2 hours or overnight. You could eat them right out of the pan with a spoon, but if you want a pretty bar cookie you need to be patient and let them cool.
The Teacher Cooks
Here are the photos from 2nd block. Sorry that 1st block did not get to make theirs. Maybe another time! Notice that the class did not have time to let the bars cool so the results were almost better eaten out of the pan instead of trying to make a clean cut. Anyway they were really good and the class enjoyed them.