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Peanutty Candy Bars Recipe

Peanutty Candy Bars Recipe

These chewy, gooey bars surely won't last long. Good thing they're quick and easy to make!—Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings


  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plus 2/3 cup peanut butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (11 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, corn syrup and vanilla. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until mixture is bubbly around the edges.
  • 2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butterscotch and chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in peanuts and remaining peanut butter; spread over the oat mixture. Cool for 10 minutes; chill until set. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 362 calories, 21 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 136 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Reviews for Peanutty Candy Bars

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Oh my! So rich and chewy! Very good as is, but the chocoholic in me wants to do as ljakes suggested and switch the amounts of chocolate and butterscotch chips around the next time I make them. I did use dark corn syrup as it was what I had on hand and I prefer it over the light."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"Pretty close to perfection in a square!"

Reviewed May. 12, 2012

"AWESOME, I did 1 pkg of choc. chips, and 1 c. butterscotch chips, in the frosting."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This is one of my favorite go-to recipes! Everyone loves the mix of chocolate and peanut butter."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"Fantastic! I did decrease the brown sugar to 3/4 cup and used equal portions of butterscotch and choc chips, per previous reviewers suggestions."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2011

"These were some of the best squares I've ever made. So delicious, I've made them three times and the only problem is that it's almost impossible to keep from eating half of them in one sitting!"

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"Easy to make. Easy to keep eating!

Very rich so I need to cut the bars smaller but I will make this one again!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"These were simply delicious!!! And they were very simple to make. I shared this recipe with all my friends!!

Kathy Brown
Greensboro, NC"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"I consider myself a pretty good cook. This recipe was followed to the letter. It was the worst thing I have baked in years. I ended up taking the chocolate/peanut topping off and throwing the rest in the trash. There was nothing chew, gooey about this recipe. I had to use a sharp knife to cut thru the bottom section, that's how hard it was."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"These bars were wonderful. I made them for a friend that doesn't like chocolate, but loves peanut butter. She loved these bars."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"There aren't many recipes that I don't find something to tweak just a little but this recipe is one I wouldn't touch. I've made them 3 times now and everyone loves them. Quick to make with simple ingredients."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"This really does taste like a candy bar, though healthier. Easy, but very good. I've been asked to pass the recipe along to others. I do usually switch the proportions of the butterscotch and chocolate chips because I think it gives more flavor. Also, you can use honey instead of corn syrup."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2009

"Took these to an event just last night. What a hit!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"LOVED the recipe,but was a little sweet for some people. I will cut down on the brown sugar next time."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2009

"This is the best dessert. I couldn't stay out of them. It makes alot, so I took them to work and they were gone in no time. I will be making this again! Laura Purser"

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"These taste like a mix between no-bake cookies and scotch-a-roos. My woman's group loved them!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"These are like candy bars,use less sugar.Makes alot.Lois,N.S."

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