Mar 22, 2014

Death By Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter, chocolate, and oatmeal? Oh my. Nothing pairs quite as perfectly as chocolate and peanut butter. Plus, I added oatmeal to give you the false impression that this is actually somewhat healthy.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 20 bars


1 cup melted butter (melted completely...microwaving for 60 seconds should do the trick)
1 cup brown sugar (I prefer dark for this recipe)
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal (NOT instant)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used extra crunchy because that is what my husband loves)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14oz)
1 (or 2 if you want to get crazy) King size Reese's Peanut Butter Cup candy bar, roughly chopped
1 cup milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line a 9"x13" pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together: melted butter, sugar, baking soda, oatmeal, flour, and salt until it is moist but crumbly. Set aside about 1 to 1 1/4 cups mixture (this will be the top layer).

Press the remaining crust onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake crust for 10 minutes.

While crust is baking, stir together peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl. This will make a dreamy, peanut butter nougat good enough to eat straight from the spoon.

Evenly pour and spread peanut butter filling over the baked crust. Be gentle so you don't pull up the warm crust while you spread the filling.

Evenly sprinkle the reserved crumbs on top of the peanut butter mixture.
Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle the chopped candy bars and chocolate chips evenly over the top.
Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Let cool before cutting (or it will be a gooey mess).
I am impatient so I put mine in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
Once they have cooled down, they will be easy to remove from the pan and cut.

I know, right?

I think next time I will change things up a bit and sub the peanut butter for caramel and the Reese' for Snickers. The possibilities are endless! Mmm.

Will you make these chocolatey, peanut-buttery, goodness?

XO, Bev

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