Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars Recipe
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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Oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chips make these bars a big hit with kids of all ages. Since I always have these basic ingredients on hand, I can whip up a batch anytime. —Patricia Staudt, Marble Rock, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 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 all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 120 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 102 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugars and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture and mix well. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over the top. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Yield: 3-4 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Bars in Taste of Home February/March 1996, p31

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2016

"These bar cookies were really good. I had a half package of cinnamon chips in the freezer so I added them mixed in with the chocolate chips to sprinkle on the top. Yum! I also added about a half cup of chocolate chips to the batter. Everyone loved them."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"I've made these twice and plan on making them again. These are really delicious and super easy. I took an extended lunch break so I could bring to work for a an afternoon snack and they were a huge hit! I mixed dark chocolate chips in with the batter and no glaze. Used super chunky peanut butter too. Super good flavor."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2016

"Nice flavor, but very dry."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Yummy! I put chocolate chips in the mixture rather then on top and left off the icing. It was perfect for us. Not overly sweet. Like eating a wonderful chunky soft chocolate chip/peanut butter cookie. Will definitely be making this again! Thank you, Patricia Staudt, for this recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"Easy, quick and good! I read the other reviews about them being dry, so I decided to use 6 TBL canola oil. in place of the butter. Used 1/3 c sugars as others have done and like collyflower07 I only had old fashioned oats, so I put them in a food processor and pulsed a few times. Dough was crumbly, so I patted it down evenly with my hands,. I didn't make the icing, but as soon as I took them out of the oven, I swirled/spread the chocolate chips.

YUM! Will definately make it this way again."

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