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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Reese's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars

 I have yet to find a combination that people go more crazy for than peanut butter and chocolate. Yes, people love chocolate and caramel, or lemon and raspberry, but not like they love peanut butter and chocolate. I can always confidently include the two ingredients in a dessert and know it’s going to be a hit.
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These Reese’s peanut butter cup bars were no exception. I brought these to a birthday party, where they disappeared before I even had the chance to grab one. From the remaining crumbs I sampled, I was able to confirm what the empty plate already had. They’re worth every calorie…bring them to your next party, but make sure you save one for yourself!
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Reese's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars
from Mom on Timeout

-1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
-2 cups light brown sugar
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-2 eggs, room temperature
-1 tbsp vanilla
-2 cups flour
-1 cup old-fashioned oats
-2 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 cup Reese's peanut butter baking chips
-2 cups chopped Reese's peanut butter cups

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add peanut butter and continue mixing. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add this mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until combined.
4. Mix in the peanut butter chips.
5. Press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan, fully covering the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with chopped Reese's. Drop remaining dough in small pieces over the Reese's (you won't be able to cover all of the Reese's, but this doesn't matter).
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.