Friday, July 24, 2009

A Secret Combination

I think that chocolate+peanut butter+oats=a secret combination. There is just something magical and delicious that happens when these things mix together. I have three similar recipes that I will post here.
Today Kian and I tried out the most recent addition:

Recipe #1 Swirl Bars
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 13X9 pan.

In a large bowl beat together:
1 stick softened, unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
In another bowl mix together:
1 cup flour
1 cup quick oats
1/4 tsp salt

On low speed, beat flour mixture into butter mixture until just combined. Press dough into pan.
Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips over top. Bake for 20 minutes.

To make the icing blend together: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 3 tablespoons milk until smooth.

Pour icing over uncut bars while still warm and swirl chips with icing. Cool completely in the pan. I like to keep them in the fridge, it's yummy when the icing is hard.

Recipe #2 Oh Henry Bars
In a small saucepan heat until dissolved:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Stir in 4 cups of oats and 1 cup of chocolate chips

Press into greased 13X9 pan. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes--do not overbake! Let cool and cut into bars.
These bars are super chewy...good for stress eating; )

Recipe #3 Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 13X9 pan.

Melt 2 sticks of butter in a large glass bowl. Add 4 cups oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup and stir until well combined. Press oat mixture into pan and bake for 20-23 minutes until edges are set and center is still slightly jiggly. Cool completely.

Combine 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips with 3/4 cup peanut butter in a small saucepan until melted and mixture is smooth, stir frequently. Spread chocolate mixture over cooled oat crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

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