This the best peanut butter bar recipe you will love to make and use all the time. Typically, all of the ingredients are in our pantry and the refrigerator. You never have to go to the store to make this one for a party at the last minute, that’s for sure. This recipe makes a large cookie sheet batch, but you can also cut the recipe in half or freeze portions of it later when you are feeling like a peanut butter treat, for instance at midnight one night. It’s always a hit at every gathering we take it to. Who doesn’t love chocolate, right? It’s easy to make and it’s soft, moist, and melts in your mouth with yummy sweetness! In Utah, we don’t make small batches of anything, just so you know.
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I can still remember tasting one of these bars cut in a square shape and asking for the recipe and that was about 30 years ago. I believe the recipe was from a grade school kitchen staff member who had shared it and we cut the recipe way down, of course. If you still have a family reunion to attend you may want to make these because they are fairly cheap to make and bake up quickly. The bonus is you can make them the day before, and they are ready to take cover with foil or plastic wrap. Easy peasy.
Peanut Butter Bar Recipe:
- 1-1/2 cups butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
- 4 cups oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2-3 cups chocolate chips sweet chocolate or semi-sweet These will be sprinkled and spread over the cooked pan of peanut butter bars, so set these aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet (12-inch by 16-inches). Cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar, then add the eggs and continue to cream the mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and blend until smooth. Spread the peanut butter mixture onto the greased cooked cookie and bake for 10 minutes. After baking, turn the oven OFF and quickly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the bars and return the pan to the oven to melt the chocolate. After 2 minutes remove the pan again and smooth the chocolate chips evenly across the peanut butter bars. Let them set up overnight before cutting, preferably. You can also place the pan in the refrigerator to set the mixture quicker after letting it cool for a few minutes. Once the chocolate chips and the peanut butter bars are set, you can cut them into squares.
I love sharing old recipes our family has used for many years for Sunday dinner, family reunions, neighborhood get-togethers and church functions. These could easily be made after a disaster to share with a neighborhood! May God bless our country at this time and all of the families living around the world.