Monday, December 24, 2012

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Bars

Similar in consistency and goodness to Fudge Nut Bars.  We tried these for the first time this year with the intention of adding them to the Christmas goodie plates.  They never made it to the goodie plate, only to our tummies.

2 1/4 c. quick oats
1 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter, softened

1 fourteen-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter (could use creamy and add 1/2 c. chopped salted peanuts)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Grease the bottom and sides of a 9X13" baking dish. 
2.  Beat together the oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and butter.  Reserve 2 cups and press the remaining crust evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
3.  Combine the sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter and vanilla until blended (I warmed my peanut butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds to make it easier to mix).  Pour over the base crust.  Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and chopped nuts if using.  Crumble the remaining crust mixture evenly over chips. 
4.  Bake for 25-30.  Center will not be set.  Cool completely.

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