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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

My family loves this peanut butter cookie bars recipe—oatmeal, brownie bars, peanuts—it's made from all our favorite things! 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
    4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over the top. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

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  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • Try 45 more of our favorite chocolate and peanut butter desserts.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 90 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Amanda
      Jun 7, 2020

      Dry, crumbly and bleh. Very disappointed. :(

    • Euvy
      Apr 12, 2020

      It was so dry and crumbly. I forgot to read the review, thus I was not able to make the necessary changes.

    • amsm
      Aug 7, 2019

      My family loved these bars, and they disappeared quickly. I thought they had great flavor with the chocolate and peanut butter. They are easy to make. I might adjust the baking time next time I make these. I thought they were a tad dry.

    • Jo
      Apr 11, 2019

      I’ve made these a few times and they always come out perfectly and get lots of compliments. The only thing I do differently is bake a couple of minutes left. They’ve never turned out dry or crumbly, always chewy, soft, and very flavorful. Perfect easy dessert to take somewhere. Definitely in my “keep” file!

    • Shanti
      Jan 26, 2019

      These are the worst bars I’ve ever made. Came out dry, flavorless and I ended up just throwing them away. They should bake for half the time, and even though I stirred in the chocolate chips instead of putting them on top, they weren’t tasty at all. I’m not sure what kind of bars or desserts the five star reviewers are used to but these were utter crap. Won’t be trusting recipes with five stars on this site.

    • ellimaye1
      Dec 27, 2018

      These were plenty moist on the crumbly side. They were just so-so and the icing was nothing special.

    • Fatima
      Oct 23, 2018

      I tried this recipe after I read some of the reviews. A lot of the people who didn't like it noted it was dry. They came out pretty good with some tweaks. I increased both the peanut butter and rolled oats to 3/4 cup because there simply wasn't enough cookie dough to fill out a 13 x 9" pan. I also used only brown sugar and reduced the baking time to 15 minutes to keep them moist. It is a very thin cookie and baking for 20 minutes is asking for trouble. Some people might like a crunch in their cookie, but I prefer mine soft and chewy with teeny bit of snap to the crust.

    • akitabogart
      Jan 21, 2018

      Delicious, easy recipe, I prefer to add the chocolate chips into the batter instead of sprinkling on top. Yummy.

    • JoycemRhodes
      Sep 1, 2017

      Its Sept. 1, 2017 and I made these this morning and they are wonderful. and I will make them again.

    • 2124arizona
      Jul 22, 2017

      We love these bars. They're so easy to fix!!