Mema Zook’s Peanut Butter Tandy Cakes

I don’t know what’s going on with me lately, but I am having major chocolate cravings. I should be running in the other direction, far far away, but instead, tonight I am going to bake my very favorite dessert recipe, Tandy Cakes! (If you have ever had “Tasty Kakes” they are really similar, but this recipe is like a thousand times better.) My Mema used to make these all the time when I was a kid, and she still sometimes makes them for me when I come to visit her. My mom learned the recipe from Mema, and she still makes them too. Honestly, I could even just eat the cake portion without the chocolate or the peanut butter, it is really THAT good. My step-dad won’t touch peanut butter with a ten-foot pole, so we always make a batch with and a batch without. I grew up with this recipe using traditional ingredients, but now I sub them for healthier versions.
(This is my Mema & Pops, two of my most favorite people in the world.)

Here you go! Peanut Butter Tandy Cakes


4 eggs (fresh from the chicken’s tush if possible!)
1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. sugar (raw)

2 tbsp oil

1 tsp shortening

2 c. flour (organic, unbleached)

1 c. milk (I like almond, unsweetened)

1 c. peanut butter (we use natural pb, only ingredients are peanuts and salt)

8 oz sunspire fair trade semi-sweet chocolate chips


Cream eggs, oil, sugar & vanilla. Add flour, alternately, with milk, beat well.

Pour mixture on greased jelly roll pan with sides. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

While it is still hot & fresh out of the oven, spread it generously with peanut butter.

Stick it in the fridge or the freezer to harden the peanut butter.

Melt the chocolate chips with a tsp of shortening & then spread over the peanut butter.

Stick in the fridge to harden, and then cut it into squares and serve!

Try to eat just one.. I dare you.




  1. janny -  July 29, 2013 - 9:03 pm

    Yum! My favorite too! Now what about using coconut oil in this recipe?

    • Laney -  August 1, 2013 - 1:40 pm

      ^ YES. I actually meant to write that! I really want to make my own vanilla next!

  2. Hillary -  August 4, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    Ohh!! These look amazing!! I am copying this recipe for future use 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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