It’s only been 3 day since my last baking post but hey, we had a snow day yesterday at The University of Texas and all classes we’re cancelled. So what do you think I was going to do on our day off…study? Nope. Bake, absolutely. Hehe. Well, and I’m going to a dinner party with my YoungLife team tonight and I’m in charge of the desserts…so….
But peanut butter and chocolate are back again! This time in peanut butter bar form. Nom nom. Sarah, one of my roommates, doesn’t even like peanut butter but she likes these bars…so, that tells you how yummy they are. Life changing, really.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and 1/2 cup of the peanut butter until light and fluffy (for about a minute). Add the egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix to fully incorporate and then add the flour until combined. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and all of the oatmeal into the batter then spread the batter in the baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
For the glaze, melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the microwave (approximately 30 seconds). Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and melted peanut butter until smooth. If you want a thicker consistency, add more confectioners sugar. For a thinner consistency, add more milk. Spread the glaze evenly over the warm bars once they’re done cooking. Allow to cool completely (or don’t wait at all……) before cutting into squares. Enjoy!
These bars are quite rich but taste like a decadent upscale Reese’s peanut butter cup. Yum yum!
Tired of the normal semi-sweet chocolate chips? Switch it up! You could easily use dark chocolate chips or butterscotch chips! I think I’m going to try the butterscotch next!