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Monday, February 23, 2009

Fudgy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Bars

This dessert is so good. It may sound a little complicated but it really comes together very easily. Our kids love this for dessert and my husband likes to take it as a snack because it holds together really well. I think my favorite part is that they are so flavorful you can cut the bars into smaller pieces and still be satisfied.

Try it with a glass of milk or cup of coffee. Indulgent and delicious!

Fudgy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Bars
For filling:
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over low heat. Stir occasionally until everything is melted and combined. Remove from heat.For base & topping:
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 1/2 c. quick oats
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugars and butters until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until combined.

2. Stir in flour, 1 1/2 c. oats, baking soda and salt. Work in remaining 1 c. oats with hands or a spoon.
3. Reserve 1 1/2 c. oats mixture for topping. Press the remaining mixture into a greased 13x9 dish. Pour fudgy filling on top. Crumble reserved oat mixture and sprinkle on top.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool and then refrigerate to firm completely.
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Abby said...

Oh yum! That looks soooooooooo good!

Lynn said...

I have made a recipe just like this before and it was so good.Thanks for reminding me about it.

Lori said...

I saw your link on Blissfully Domestic. I'm glad I stopped by. I love ANYTHING that's made w/ sweetened condensed milk. Yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

Kristen said...

We make this without the peanut butter. Both ways are very good.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

How yummy!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Looks like it would be great to make ahead and take camping! I'm thinking ahead for this weekend's trip! Thanks for joining us for Tasty Tuesday with another one of your great recipes!

Anonymous said...

i have one question...this is our of curiosity only --- why are some americans allergic to peanuts?

Uhm..just an idea i heard from my boyfriend?

Thank you.

Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva said...

I think you cooking blog is becoming one of my favorite places to stop for recipe inspiration. This looks absolutely delicious. I love peanut butter, so anything with it in it is a winner for me.

Sonshine said...

Oh yumm!!

Who can go wrong with chocolate & PB and then throw in some oats for more of a healthier factor. :)

Thanks for sharing! Going to add this to the try list. :)

Brandy said...

This sounds delicious. I love chocolate and peanut butter!

Phoebe said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds SO good!

Brenda said...

Those look great, and bar cookies are SO much easier than regular cookies.

Jennifer said...

that looks so rich and yummy! I love all things chocolate so this is a winner in my book!

The Bertone's said...

This looks so delish! I'm going to try making it tomorrow! :) Thanks

Christi said...

Sounds - and looks - delicious! I'll definitely have to try this, it would be a hit around here.

Jerralea said...

Definitely looks yummy! I totally love things with peanut butter and chocolate.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

That looks awesome! I always look forward to your recipes, each week!!!

mub said...

Wow these look great! I may need to make some for my husband (well, maybe for me too *L*).

Raise Them Up said...

Oh my goodness! These look so good!!!!

Not Another Omnivore said...

Just what I was looking for since I'm talking about oats this week! I'll let you know when I link to you...


Not Another Omnivore said...

Okay I just went ahead and linked to you tonight!


Kirstin said...

Okay, this looks really good too!!! I love peanut butter and chocolate together.

The Mangerchine's said...

Does it get any better than chocolate and peanut butter???? Can't wait to try these!!!


Rebecca R. said...

I just came across your blog tonight, and wanted to tell you that you and I seem to have similar cooking styles. I need to start working on my meals more throughout the day to try to hit the "target" mealtime! I have 7 children 10 1/2 down to 10 months, so it is a challenge! elireeves at stny dot rr dot com