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Yummy Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

These amazing, creamy, and utterly delicious peanut butter bars are going to be a huge hit with your kids. They are sort of like a homemade peanut butter cup that is made with real ingredients from your pantry! This peanut butter chocolate bar recipe is outrageously good and so satisfying as an after school snack or decadent dessert to take to a potluck or serve to company.

These amazing, creamy, and utterly delicious peanut butter bars are going to be a huge hit with your kids. They are sort of like a homemade peanut butter cup that is made with real ingredients from your pantry! This peanut butterc hocolate bar recipe is outrageously good and so satisfying as an after school snack or decadent dessert to take to a potluck or serve to company.

Peanut Butter Bars

Growing up in Europe I didn’t have all the sweet treats my US counterpart friends had. Perhaps it has changed in the last couple decades, but for the 20 years I lived in Spain, Spanish women really didn’t bake cookies or treats. And at that point they didn’t have candy bars, packaged cookies, chocolate chips, powdered sugar (we went to Gibraltar to buy that) or even cereal until the last several years we were there. With the world getting smaller and smaller I am sure that has changed. But when I was young we couldn’t get reeces peanut butter cups – YIKES! So we learned to make a homemade alternative. Even though I can now get the candy bar, I still love this made from scratch peanut butter bars that taste a lot like that classic treat, but is a little healthier as it uses some good-for-you oats! This peanut butter bar recipe combines the convenience of  a cookie, with a delicious peanut butter and chocolate combination that is sure to delight and satisfy both kids and adults alike!

All you need to whip up this yummy snack or dessert bars are a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand:  butter sugar brown sugar vanilla extract 2 eggs peanut butter old fashioned oats all purpose flour baking soda salt F milk cocoa powder powdered sugar

Peanut Butter Bar

All you need to whip up this yummy snack or dessert bars are a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand:

  • butter
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract 2
  • eggs
  • peanut butter
  • old fashioned oats
  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt F
  • milk
  • cocoa powder
  • powdered sugar

cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar together

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup softened butter, 1 cup white granulated sugar and 1 cup packed brown sugar.

Add vanilla, eggs, and 1 cup of the peanut butter; stir to combine. Add oats, flour, baking soda and salt and mix until well combined. 

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Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, and 1 cup of the peanut butter; stir to combine.

Mix in 2 cups quick cooking oats, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt and mix until well combined.

spread bottom layer of bars and bake

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Spray a 9×13 pan or jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray and spread out the dough in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven.

drop peanut butter on the baked bottom layer

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Drop remaining peanut butter (about 1 1/2 cups) by very small spoonfuls (we use a baby spoon) all over on top of warm bars. Let set for about 5-6 minutes.

when melted spread the peanut butter evenly

Once the peanut butter has softened, gently spread the peanut butter eventy. Don’t try to spread it while still thick. Then let the bars cool until peanut butter has set up.

spread homemade chocolate frosting

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While cooling, mix together the frosting by mixing 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder, and 3 cups powdered sugar using a hand mixer. Smooth the chocolate frosting over the bars and spread until even.

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Cut into bars and serve.

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Aren’t they so pretty! They make such lovely layors and are perfect for a yummy snack, dessert, or potluck dish!

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Dessert Bars

I love that these bars contain oats to balance out the sugars. They also help to keep kids a little more filled and satisfied than most sweet treats.

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Plus these taste AMAZING! Such a wonderful explosion of flavor.

Amazing peanut butter chocolate bars are going to be a huge hit with your kids, that is if you save them any after you try them!

What else can I say about these mouth watering, utterly delicious Peanut Butter Bars? Oh yeah, they have a lot of oats so they qualify as healthy, right? (wink)

What else can I say about these mouth watering, utterly delicious Peanut Butter Bars? Oh yeah, they have a lot of oats so they qualify as healthy, right? (wink)

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Amazing peanut butter chocolate bars are going to be a huge hit with your kids, that is if you save them any after you try them!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert Bars Recipe

These amazing, creamy, and utterly delicious peanut butter bars are going to be a huge hit with your kids. They are sort of like a homemade peanut butter cup that is made with real ingredients from your pantry! This peanut butter chocolate bar recipe is outrageously good and so satisfying as an after school snack or decadent dessert to take to a potluck or serve to company.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: bars, dessert, peanut butter
Keyword: dessert bars, peanut butter bars, peanut butter recipe, peanut butter squares, peanut buttre chocolate
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Beth Gorden

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softned
  • 1 cup granuated white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter divided
  • 2 cups quick cooking, old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup milk I use orgnanic whole
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, creamtogether 1 cup softened butter, 1 cup white granulated sugar and 1 cup packedbrown sugar. 
  • Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, and 1 cup of the peanutbutter; stir to combine.
    Mix in 2 cups quick cooking oats, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoonbaking soda and 1 teaspoon salt and mix until well combined. 
  • Spray a 9x13 pan or jelly roll pan with nonstick cookingspray and spread out the dough in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes and removefrom oven. 
  • Drop remaining peanut butter (about 1 1/2 cups) by verysmall spoonful (we use a baby spoon) all over on top of warm bars. Let set forabout 5-6 minutes.
  • Once the peanut butter has softened, gently spread thepeanut butter evenly. Don't try to spread it while still thick. Then let thebars cool until peanut butter has set up. 
  • While cooling, mix together the frosting by mixing 1/2 cupsoftened butter, 1/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 Tablespoons cocoapowder, and 3 cups powdered sugar using a hand mixer. Smooth the chocolate frosting over the bars and spread until even. Cut into bars and serve.
These amazing, creamy, and utterly delicious peanut butter bars are going to be a huge hit with your kids. They are sort of like a homemade peanut butter cup that is made with real ingredients from your pantry! This peanut butterc hocolate bar recipe is outrageously good and so satisfying as an after school snack or decadent dessert to take to a potluck or serve to company.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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