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. Everyone loves these soft-baked cookies bars.
Welcome! These oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are a readers favorite here on the blog. They are also a favorite with my own family.
I figure since I make them so often I might as well get some updated and prettier pictures for you all to look at. Thanks for being here and I hope you love these like we do.
We love these cookie bars. Like really LOVE them! 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.
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 15 minutes. They will bake slightly more and set up nicely as they cool in the pan.
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!
Try these other family favorite treats
- no flour monster cookie bars
- chocolate chip cookie blondie bars
- Oreo cookies & cream pudding cookies
- easy monster cookie brownies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars
- 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.
Readers have commented and said they used quick oats and it worked just fine.
Since moving to Utah, these cook for even less time now. If you are high altitude you may want to set the timer for 13-14 and watch it from there. Look for the edges to be light golden brown and pull away from the sides of the pan. The center should still look pale and slightly underdone. Let them cool and they will set up nicely.
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