Fair warning: These are not diet food.
My friend Carin gave me an amazing peanut butter bar recipe a few years ago and I used it for the base of these bars. For the fudge center I used the filling from my favorite Oatmeal Fudge Bars.
Fair Warning #2: Don’t be alarmed at how much peanut butter is in this recipe.
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- ½ tsp salt (I like coarse sea salt)
- 1¾ cup peanut butter, I use creamy
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup quick oats
- For filling : 12 ounce pkg milk chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 can sweet and condensed milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lightly grease a large cookie sheet
- In your mixer combine softened butter and the brown and white sugars. Cream together
- Add eggs and mix until combined,
- Add salt, peanut butter and vanilla, mix until combined
- Add baking soda, flour and oatmeal and mix until combined
- Evenly spread ⅔-3/4 of the peanut butter mixture onto the lightly greased cookie sheet (this can be a little tricky. I put my hand inside of a plastic bag and press it down gently if I am having a hard time making it even with a spoon or knife. It will be a very thin layer of dough.
- In the microwave or on the stove top, slowly and carefully melt the chocolate chips, butter and sweet and condensed milk together. Once it is melted and combined stir in the vanilla.
- Spread the chocolate mixture evenly over the thin layer of peanut butter bar dough in the cookie sheet.
- With a spoon or your fingers, evenly dollop the remaining dough over the chocolate mixture (see picture below)
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until dough is set and just slightly starting to brown.
Keep it Real!!!