Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture and mix well. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over the top. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
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Nutrition Facts1 bar: 90 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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Aug 19, 2020
I'm reading the reviews and thinking about making them in a 9x9" pan so they don't dry out as much. Has anyone else tried this?
Aug 16, 2020
These bars are wonderful. I saw several ratings that they are dry and crumbly. The key to this recipe is to under bake them. Since baked goods tend to continue to bake after removing from the oven, I take mine out when the bars are not quite done. They continue to bake, but stay moist.
Jun 7, 2020
Dry, crumbly and bleh. Very disappointed. :(
Apr 12, 2020
It was so dry and crumbly. I forgot to read the review, thus I was not able to make the necessary changes.
Aug 7, 2019
My family loved these bars, and they disappeared quickly. I thought they had great flavor with the chocolate and peanut butter. They are easy to make. I might adjust the baking time next time I make these. I thought they were a tad dry.
May 2, 2019
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Apr 11, 2019
I’ve made these a few times and they always come out perfectly and get lots of compliments. The only thing I do differently is bake a couple of minutes left. They’ve never turned out dry or crumbly, always chewy, soft, and very flavorful. Perfect easy dessert to take somewhere. Definitely in my “keep” file!
Jan 26, 2019
These are the worst bars I’ve ever made. Came out dry, flavorless and I ended up just throwing them away. They should bake for half the time, and even though I stirred in the chocolate chips instead of putting them on top, they weren’t tasty at all. I’m not sure what kind of bars or desserts the five star reviewers are used to but these were utter crap. Won’t be trusting recipes with five stars on this site.
Dec 27, 2018
These were plenty moist on the crumbly side. They were just so-so and the icing was nothing special.
Oct 23, 2018
I tried this recipe after I read some of the reviews. A lot of the people who didn't like it noted it was dry. They came out pretty good with some tweaks. I increased both the peanut butter and rolled oats to 3/4 cup because there simply wasn't enough cookie dough to fill out a 13 x 9" pan. I also used only brown sugar and reduced the baking time to 15 minutes to keep them moist. It is a very thin cookie and baking for 20 minutes is asking for trouble. Some people might like a crunch in their cookie, but I prefer mine soft and chewy with teeny bit of snap to the crust.