Recipe By Joanne
Published Feb 28th
Prep 30m Cook - Additional 3h Ready In 3h 30m
Servings 1 - 9x9 inch pan Calories 141.9

I baked about 100 dozen cookies for the holidays and these were everyone’s favorite!! These bars can be frozen, just thaw 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Grease a 9x9 inch square pan.
  2. 2 Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the other half for topping.
  3. 3 Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.
  4. 4 Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 141.9
  • Carbohydrate 12.6 g
  • Cholesterol 15.3 mg
  • Fat 9.9 g
  • Fiber 1.3 g
  • Protein 2.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.1 g
  • Sodium 61.4 mg
  • Sugar 6.7 g


  1. What a great dessert! Took me only 15 minutes, start to finish. Very rich - a small bar goes a long way! The second time I made these, I followed some others' advice and increased the peanut butter to 3/4 cup (liked that change!), and decreased the butter to 1/2 cup. I didn't like the - Read more ...
  2. These reminded my husband of a cookie his late mom used to make him. He was SO happy that we found a similar recipe. These are his new favorite :) In order to keep the oats from falling off, I cooked them much longer than the recipe calls for and I added a bit of - Read more ...
  3. As my daughter and I were making these, she thought that they would look so plain - so we decided to reserve some of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture. We put it in a ziploc bag. Then we cut a small hole in the ziploc and drizzled the chocoalte/peanut butter mixture over the oatmeal layer. Nice - Read more ...
  4. I can't believe I'm the only one to dislike this recipe! It was bland boring and no one in my house would eat it. I like the idea of it but the actual thing was disappointing. I cut back on the butter to 3/4 cup and added 1/4 milk to make up for the loss - Read more ...
  5. After MANY years of baking w/chocolate and peanut butter...WHY DID IT TAKE ME SOOO LONG TO FIND THIS RECIPE?? Absolutely Awesome! I doubled it an put it in a 9 X 13" pan, also used margarine, reduced by 1/2 cup on a double batch. YUMMMMM!
  6. Great Recipe!! Made some changes: 1C Oat Meal, 1/4C graham cracker crust, 1/4C rice crispies. Added white chocolate chips to the oat meal mix and added chopped pecans to top layer. Y*U*M*M*Y!!
  7. I took the advice of the former reviews and used a little less butter. I think that the longer you cook them in the pot the less greasy it will appear. I substituted 1/2 a cup of ground flax seed for the oatmeal to give it a more nutty nutritious flavour and substituted the peanut - Read more ...
  8. Again, too much butter reduce by 1/4 cup. Also I would reserve only 1/3 for topping. Delicious though. Five stars with the changes. And I don't give out five stars too often.
  9. This recipe was very good. I followed the recipe exactly doubling it for a 9x13 pan and found there was at least 1/2 cup too much butter. Once the crust was in the pan I soaked two paper towels trying to get some of the moisture out and drained butter out of the pan from - Read more ...
  10. Excellent recipe. I made it with bittersweet chocolate and chunky peanut butter and it's absolutely delectable! Perhaps it would be better to cook the oatmeal a little longer at least to the maximum time it says for better results. However now that I'm not allowed to bake recipes like these are highly appreciated!

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