Peanut Butter Bars (oatmeal in crust)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 30
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 280.0
  • Total Fat: 14.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.2 mg
  • Sodium: 194.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 38.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g

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Number of Servings: 30

Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    3/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 1/2 cups quick oats
    3/4 cup butter
    1 cup packed light-brown sugar
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    Chocolate Frosting
    1/2 cup salted butter
    2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    1/4 cup milk, preferably 2% or whole
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda, then whisk in quick oats, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, light-brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Blend in 3/4 cup peanut butter. Stir in eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition until combine. Mix in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combine. Spread mixture into an even layer into a greased 15 by 11-inch rimmed cookie sheet (it will be fairly thin once spread). Bake in preheated oven 13 - 15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes, then dollop remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter by the spoonfuls over peanut butter bars. Allow dolloped peanut butter to rest about 1 minute then carefully spread peanut butter into an even layer over top. Prepare chocolate frosting according to direction listed and spread over peanut butter layer. Allow to cool (if you can handle waiting) before cutting into squares. Store in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature.
For the chocolate frosting:
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, then whisk in milk and bring mixture just to a boil. Once mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Add in powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Immediately pour frosting over peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer (frosting sets quickly so I wouldn't recommend being to meticulous with the design like I tried to be, because then you'll end up with a slightly grainy looking frosting like I did).
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Tried and Tried Again

Serving Size: Makes 30 servings

Number of Servings: 30

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JULSKUNK.

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