Best Peanut Butter Bars!

24 Servings
40 min

Davis family favorite! My husband Jordan and his entire extended family grew up on these deliciously sweet, chocolatey, salty peanut buttery, chewy oat, and creamy frosting BARS! There is a debate in calling them peanut butter bars, squares or fingers (that's kind of a weird one?) depending on how they are cut. What is your vote and how would you prefer to cut and serve them? Back to the bars- they are so dang good. I make a large tray and freeze them on paper plates and then zip lock bags to have on hand. We even love them frozen. These bars/squares/fingers are at EVERY Davis family gathering for a reason. When we get together with our Davis cousins Aunt Kathy bring them out after dinner. She serves them in a round flexible and durable plastic Tupperware with a secure lid, from the 1950's, that we can't find anywhere now a days! All hands fly for the corner pieces first and the rest is history. The tray is gone by the end of the evening. They will be when you make this recipe too- guaranteed!

Made with Amore,


I could eat the entire tray!!

The perfect squares!

Creamy Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Heaven

Recipe details
  • 24  Servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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The Cookie Crust
  • 3/4 cups butter, softened but not melted
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups peanut butter (smooth or crunchy depending of preference)*
  • 3/4 cups sugar
Chocolate Layer
  • 1 cup of of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
For the Cookie Layer:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F Grease a 12x17 in cookie sheet pan
Wet ingredients: In a large mixing bowl cream together (using hand or stand mixer): butter, sugar, peanut butter, eggs and vanilla until fluffy
Dry ingredients: Sift in flour, salt, baking soda to the creamed mixture
Add oats Mix together until combined (cookie dough texture)
Press the dough onto the prepared baking pan sheet until it forms a uniform layer on the bottom of the pan
Bake at 375 F for about 10 minutes until slightly golden on top Turn off the oven
For the Chocolate layer:
Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the cookie layer and place back in the warm oven (that is turned OFF) for 2 minutes
Take out the cookie sheet and spread the warm chocolate all over the cookie with a spatula or knife- creating a smooth even layer
Place in fridge to let chocolate layer harden a bit
For the Frosting Layer
In a medium mixing bowl cream together (using hand or stand mixer) the powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and milk
The end result should be a uniform creamy frosting
With a spatula gently spread the frosting over the chocolate layer
Final Step:
Let the bars harden in the fridge for about an hour before cutting
Keep in fridge (2 weeks) or freezer (3 months)
  • *special note on the peanut butter- if you use organic no-stir peanut butter the oat cookie layer will be more dry and less chewy (I personally like them that way). This is because there aren't added oils or binders that make it more oily and therefore, add moisture. If you use regular peanut butter (think Jiffy) they will be more chewy and dense (I love this way too).
Elena  @mamamiammangia__
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