Okay, here is peanut butter, take two! Yesterday, I posted Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, today I feature Peanut Butter Bars. These are a delicious brownie-type bar filled with creamy peanut butter and oatmeal, topped with chocolate chips, and the glazed with more luscious peanut butter icing!
If you like peanut butter anything, you will love these rich bars! They are great for any occasion and really don’t take very long to whip up, either. Not only that, but you get your peanut butter fix and your chocolate fix at the same time!
I was looking for recipes to use up creamy peanut butter so I could remove some of the excess peanut butter jars cluttering up my pantry. I know that if I look through my plethora of Taste of Home cookbooks or go to their website, I’m sure to find something I like. I was not disappointed.
I found this tasty recipe and decided to give it a go. Yum! The bars only took about 5-7 minutes to throw together and get in the oven. The icing takes another 2 minutes–and since you put the icing on while the brownies are still warm both cool together, so in about an hour from when you begin these bars can be ready to serve….or you can serve them hot with the icing drooling over the sides. Yeah.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy, tasty, and economical Peanut Butter Bar recipe, then give this recipe a go sometime. You can make them with or without the icing, although I prefer the richness of more icing. I probably should have piped the icing on top to make the bars look prettier and more professional, but I loved spooning it on the brownies with really thick dollops! Fill up your cookie jar soon with these tasty treats!
Peanut Butter Bars are filled with everything good–peanut butter and chocolate chips! You won’t last very long after eating one of these bars before grabbing another! What’s not to love about peanut butter and chocolate chips? Each Peanut Butter Bar is filled with creamy peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. Yes, the chocolate chips started to melt a little bit more in our hot Texas sun since I was taking pictures outside!
These iced blondies are scrumptious treats you will love if you enjoy peanut butter and chocolate together. You can see how I dolloped the icing over the top. Yum, yum, yum! Maybe not as pretty as piped icing, but spectacular in taste, nonetheless!
Peanut Butter Bars have a luscious peanut butter icing drizzled over the top that makes these bars so rich and decadent. I warn you in advance: if you like peanut butter and chocolate together, these delicious bars are addictive!
Here’s what I did.
Soften butter. It’s best to leave the butter out until it gets to room temperature in a couple of hours, but I usually don’t always plan ahead so I microwaved the butter instead. This is a little TOO soft! Add brown sugar and white sugar.
Add creamy peanut butter and an egg.
Add vanilla, baking soda and kosher salt.
Mix with a blender until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add oatmeal.
Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Spray a 9×13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray. Press peanut butter mixture into prepared pan. Top with chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. This is fresh out of the oven. Allow pan to cool 10 minutes before applying Peanut Butter Icing.
To make Peanut Butter Icing: Place creamy peanut butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Add powdered sugar. Then add half of the milk. Whisk ingredients with a whisk and then add as much of the remaining milk as you need to make of icing consistency.
This is what mine looked like. It’s not very thin.
Pipe icing or drizzle Peanut Butter Icing over top of the bars.
This is what mine looked like. Don’t these Peanut Butter Bars look marvelous?
These hearty bars are quite filling as a result of the oatmeal and peanut butter.
Here’s a side view so you can see the texture of these bar-type cookies. They are nice and dense the way they are supposed to be. Your family will enjoy eating these cookies when you’re grilling outside, at tailgate or office parties, or the next time you sit down to watch a long movie!
Want one? I like to take a plate of goodies like these whenever I have dentist or doctor appointments. The staff’s usually love these kinds of tasty treats–especially the dentist’s office! 🙂
Here’s the recipe.
PEANUT BUTTER BARS
(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Gold Medal UNLBEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugars, peanut butter, egg, vanilla, baking powder and salt until fluffy.
- Stir in flour and oats with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Spray a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with cooking spray.
- Press peanut butter mixture into dish.
- Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 8 tablespoons milk
- Combine powdered sugar, peanut butter and half the milk; whisk until as smooth as possible.
- Add a tablespoon of the remaining milk at a time and stir until you get the right spreading consistency.
- Use as little of the remaining milk as possible, but I couldn’t get it to have a spreading consistency until I used it all.
- Drizzle icing over top of bars.
- Cool completely.
- Cut into bars.
Peanut Butter Bars taste wonderful for any kind of backyard barbecue or picnic. Chocolate lovers and peanut butter lovers will enjoy these lip-smacking jewels!
Here’s another close up so you can see all the chocolate chips peeking out from under the Peanut Butter Icing. Sweet, flavorful, amazing. Time to sit down with a glass of milk and enjoy!