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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Glazed Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Bars



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is not tea party fare, but if you picnic or provide snacks for a youth group or school sports team, you might want to add this recipe to your files. These cookies are really easy to make and what they lack in refinement they make up for in taste. The recipe is so straight forward, that I have little to add to the instructions that appear below. I've found the flavor improves if the cookies are made the day before you plan to serve them. They also freeze well if long term storage is your goal. I do have one small caution to share with you. While freezing does not harm their flavor, it will cause the gorgeous glaze to lose its sheen and become cloudy. I hope those of you who have children will give these a try. You won't be disappointed. Here's the recipe.

Glazed Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Bars...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine

Ingredients:
Cookie Base
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons water
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Glaze
1-1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:
1) Grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2) Cream butter, peanut butter and white and brown sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, water and vanilla.
3) Combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Gradually add to creamed mixture.
4) Spread in prepared baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, about 18-22 minutes.
5) Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave bowl. Melt, on HIGH power, stirring until smooth. Pour over warm bars, spreading evenly. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Yield: 48 bars.







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63 comments :

Anna A. said...

These sound delicious! I am 200% youth sports team on board.

Adriana said...

Ridiculously delicious.

Chele said...

Oh they do look ever so good. I know more than my fair share of people who will love these ;0)

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

These look and sound delicious!

Merisi said...

Tempting me from the moment I put my eyes on the image and title!

Thank you for a adding information about freezing them, I appreciate it very much! I am thinking about making a batch, but glazing only half of it and freeze the unglazed half.

Jeannie said...

Look so delicious and rich...the boys would certainly love these but not my waist!

elle marie said...

That's okay, it doesn't have to be tea party worthy, I like licking my fingers from time to time = )

Red Nomad OZ said...

I think I'd forgo the shiny glaze if it meant I could freeze them then eat one every day! That's the only way I'd stop myself from scoffing the lot!!

yummychunklet said...

Yum! Looks like yummy peanuty goodness!

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

Making today!

tinytearoom said...

my partner would go nuts if he saw these. this looks delicious.

Pegasuslegend said...

Whoa this is a seriously great square for any day of the week looks delish and my son will love them! thanks Mary!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Oh my, a big hit I'm sure:@)

Ambreen said...

Wow, very delicious looking bars. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

From the Kitchen said...

Is it o.k. to make these if your children don't live at home? I'm thinking the perfect lunch for a busy cook. Just add a frosty glass of milk.

Hope you have a tasty weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

Clint said...

Ummm. Very addictive.

Sue/the view from great island said...

The combination of chocolate, peanut butter and oats sounds like an addictive winner. Your photo won me over!

Rita said...

These bars are perfect and easy to prepare; love this.
Rita

tandysinclair.com said...

I would have loved these in my lunch box as a school child :) Have a great day Mary!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOL. Mary, I know two grown ups in our home that will love this as much as any youngster! ;) Does that mean we are children at heart? hee hee. Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

Kim said...

These bars looks perfect to feed a crown. Plus, the childrens would go crazy for these! Have a nice week end Mary!

Meals by Misty said...

grrrrrrrrrrrrr grwgooroooooo. Thats my tummy growling. I think after dieting all week, these will be allowed on my Saturday diet be gone day!

Priyanka said...

Hi Mary,
Its been a long time hope u doing good.
As for ur recipe is super inviting... :)...Take Care

tasteofbeirut said...

This is a perfect treat for my kids who love peanut butter.

ARLENE said...

Why wait for children? These look magical.

bellini said...

Scrumptious Mary!!! I will look forward to seeing what you've been up to on these pages when I am back from holidays!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

So delicious - just the thing for my girls after swimming and lacrosse!
Mary

savoringtoday.com said...

Are you kidding me? You could but that glaze on just about anything and I'm in! A light sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top ... worthy of a secret stash ;)

Elisabeth said...

Mary-These yummy peanut butter oatmeal bars are not only super delicious, tempting, and addictive, but also a "staple" that should be around my household for all the peanut butter chocolate lovers in my family.
Thanks for sharing...yet, another super great recipe:DDD

kitty said...

These sound like my kind of bar cookie, with everything that I love. Thanks for sharing, Mary! p.s. Your pictures are always so inviting.

Elaine said...

These do look perfect to pack for a picnic. The glaze is so pretty!

Kalyn said...

When I taught school, this was one of the most favorite desserts that the cooks made for school lunch! I think they called them Peanut Butter Fingers; not sure why.

kitchen flavours said...

Looks very good! My kids would really love this, especially my daughter! She loves anything with chocolates! Thanks for sharing, Mary. Have a nice day!

girlichef said...

These are a kid-pleaser, for sure. they look like the chocolate covered krispie treats, but I love that they are oatmeal...I will have to give these a try :D

Chiara said...

lovely treats Mary !have a great we...

polwig said...

These look great and I love it that you can freeze them.

Ginny said...

These look delicious!!

PeggyR said...

Those look so good!

lena said...

i think these wont stay long on the tray if being served to children..and adults too!

Joanne said...

I may not have children but peanut butter bars always sound good to me!

Valérie said...

I don't have children yet, but I'm already bookmarking healthy-but-yummy recipes for my future kids! And this looks ideal! Thanks for sharing!

Gloria said...

I love these bars look perfect! gloria

Michael Toa said...

Definitely perfect for a picnic Mary! How delicious. Enjoy your weekend.

What's next said...

I am going to be trying this since I always have 5 girls around plus all their hungry friends!!!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Looks superb as always...

Katie said...

I am such a chocolate and peanut butter fan. These look delicious!

Lenia said...

I love your bars,Mary!In Greece peanut butter is not popular and I discovered it some days ago!I was thrilled by its rich taste!Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

Alessandra said...

This look really like a typical Kiwi snack. Yep, sport teams, lots of outdoors activities, growing kids coming home from school starving (because they don't have proper lunches at school here, just a sandwich on the run)... well, at least these kinds of bars are very present in my husband memory, he used to come home for school and go to the 'tins' (the tin boxes full of home baked slices). Now most mothers buy food already made, biscuits and cereal bars, but it is not the same.
Me, being Italian I find these too sweet, my kids come home from school and I make them a fresh fruit smoothies or carrot juice, and if the have sport after... well, there is always a piece of cake, or focaccia, or another home baked treat... and for that extra energy there is always nutella :-)!!!

Martha said...

Added them to my favorites :) they look scrumptious! Thanks!

Country Dreaming said...

I'd like one please!!!!

Melinda

scrambledhenfruit said...

My children are all grown, but they'd still love these! :)

The Harried Cook said...

Peanut butter and oatmeal? Yes, please! Sounds and looks super yummy, Mary.. Thanks for sharing!

Natasha in Oz said...

Yum. Yum. Yum. Thanks for this great recipe...I have now got the kids after-school snack sorted for the week!

Take care and best wishes for a wonderful week!
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Lizzy said...

Oh, these look fabulous, Mary! I need a good excuse to whip up a batch :)

Umm Mymoonah said...

I can never resist these bars, looks so yumm!

Lori said...

A great treat for kids! My kids would go nuts for these.

Debbie said...

Delicious Mary, just delicious!

purabi naha said...

These bars sound terrific! Yes, I have two kids who are always asking me new kinds of cookies (especially the chocolate ones) every time! This lloks like the one to satisfy them and looks healthy too.

Jenn said...

I got in trouble once, at a family picnic when I was younger, for eating the majority of peanut butter glazed bars that looked an awful lot like these :) Might not want to invite me anywhere these will be, I can't guarantee I'll share!!

Deb in Hawaii said...

These look delicious Mary and they include all my favorite ingredients.
Yum! ;-)

meeshiesmom said...

Yep, making this ASAP!
Karen

Lucie said...

No children, but a lot of hungry coworkers who would positively adore these bars!!

Platanos, Mangoes and Me! said...

Something to make for the grandkids

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