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peanut butter oatmeal bars by maggie

Recipe by
Maggie M
In The Kitchen, OH

This sweet treat is rich .. so rich it's almost like candy. I love oatmeal cookies .. he loves peanut butter cookies. We both love fudge. So we did a little mash-up. Super simple .. just a little stove top time but no baking involved. When you need a quick little bit of sweet .. these are the ticket !

method Stove Top

Ingredients For peanut butter oatmeal bars by maggie

  • 1-3/4 c
    quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1/4 c
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    cinnamon - optional
  • 1/4 c
    cream or milk (2% or better)
  • 1/2 c
    peanut butter - creamy or crunchy
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    white chocolate chip
  • 1/4 c
    semi sweet chocolate chips

How To Make peanut butter oatmeal bars by maggie

  • 1
    Cut a piece of parchment paper long enough to place into an 8x8 baking dish. Spray lightly and set aside.
  • 2
    Put the oats into a bowl and set aside.
  • 3
    In a small saucepan put the sugar, salt and cinnamon - if you are using it - and stir to mix. Add the butter and milk. Heat slowly to a boil, stirring often. After it has come to a full boil, continue cooking on medium high heat for 1 minute.
  • 4
    Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla to the hot mixture and slowly stir to melt the peanut butter completely.
  • 5
    When the peanut butter mixture is thoroughly combined pour it over the oats and stir to mix well.
  • 6
    Press the mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking dish.
  • 7
    Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the hot mixture and wait for about a minute until they soften. The take an offset spatula or the flat blade of a knife and swirl the melting chips together to form a thin layer over top of the bars.
  • 8
    Pop it into the refrigerator and wait about an hour. Remove from fridge, then lift the bars from the baking dish onto a cutting board and cut into 1" squares.
  • 9
    No need to keep in the fridge but do put them into an airtight container.