Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

You know its a good day when you get home from an exhausting grocery trip and find these gooey treats fresh out of the oven, just waiting to be eaten. Okay but seriously grocery shopping is the worst.

These however are not the worst.

In fact they are pretty dang good. I may or may not have eaten an entire row from the pan... by myself... in one sitting. It was one of those kinds of days. Gotta love when Ty gets a sugar craving and I'm the beneficiary.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
Adapted from: Baking Blonde

1 c. melted butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

 Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 9x13 inch pan.

In a mixing bowl combine butter, sugar, baking soda, oats, flour, and salt. Mixture will be crumbly.
Reserve 1 c. of the mixture and set aside. Press the remaining oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl combine peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk. Gently spread over baked crust. Sprinkle the reserved oatmeal mixture over the top and bake for 15 minutes.

Immediately after removing from the oven, evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips and place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Using a rubber spatula spread the chocolate out evenly coating the top of the peanut butter bars.

**These bad boys are way messy if you cut into them before they completely cool.... but if you ask me, its totally worth the mess.