Oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are a family favorite dessert that everyone loves. Soft cookie bars loaded with oatmeal, peanut butter, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips. These are a peanut butter & chocolate lovers dream and they come together quickly.
pictures & post updated May 2017
Yesterday I drove to pick up my sister from the airport, with my 3 kids in tow, and we got there pretty early so I decided that we would just park and then walk inside and wait. Umm, worst idea I’ve ever had.
We get inside and see that her flight is delayed almost an hour! So, naturally the next step was to go get the kids some food and hope that it would tide them over for an hour and a half while we wait. We walked into this little café and right there in the entrance were those little character balloons on a stick; SpongeBob, frozen, princess, cars, etc.
Of course my kids decided that they just had to have a balloon. At the airport. For $8!! I finally talked them out of it and realized that I probably looked like a total train wreck to everyone there. Three kids, my 80 lb diaper bag on one arm, my baby in the other arm, and me ‘arguing’ with my 5 and 3 year old about a balloon on a stick! 🙂
I seriously love them. They’re the cutest.
I also LOVE these cookie bars. Like I mean really LOVE these cookie bars. These oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars were one of the very first recipes I posted here on Together as Family. They have been made literally hundreds of times since. Out of all the recipes on this blog, these bars are by far the most made treat at our house.
I have made them so many times that I don’t even need the recipe anymore…… Not sure if I should be embarrassed by that or proud?!?
The key to these bars is DO NOT OVERBAKE. Sorry for the all caps, but it’s super important you guys. The outside edges will start to be a light golden brown and slightly pull away from the edge of the baking dish. The center will look pale and you might even think it’s not done, but I promise it is.
I still remember the very first time I made these bars and I overbaked them. We only ate a couple of the bars and then threw the rest away because they were so dry.
I decided later to try them again and cook them for less time. Holy moly that made all the difference. I have never baked mine more than 16 minutes. I usually actually do them for about 15 minutes.
These will bake more as they cool down in the pan.
The dough is dynamite too!
These bars have all the essentials of life; peanut butter, peanut butter chips, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. Combined together into one bar and you basically have the perfect recipe ever.
These are one of my most popular recipes on Pinterest! Have you made them yet? If not, make sure and buy yourself a bag of those peanut butter chips to make these. I always keep a bag of the peanut butter chips in the pantry just for this recipe. Enjoy friends!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole-grain old fashioned oats not quick oats
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- 1 cup chocolate chips semisweet or milk chocolate (I always use the miniature chips)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and oats.
In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy looking and light in color, 2-3 minutes.
Add in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Mix together well.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until combined.
Add chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and combine together.
Press the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. The bars will still look pale and slightly underdone in the middle. That's ok. Don't over bake or the bars will be dry!
Let the bars cool in the baking pan for 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!
I always reserve about 1/4 cup of the peanut butter chips and the chocolate chips to sprinkle on top of the bars before baking.
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