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Friday, October 18, 2013

Grandma Grump's Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

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Grandma Grump's Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

What can I say about the chocolate peanut butter combination that I haven't already with one of my many chocolate peanut butter recipes?! Yep, I think I've covered it. And if I had to guess, I'm probably preaching to the choir. 
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I'm just going to cut to the chase then. If you love the classic combination, you'll love these cookie bars. They won second place in a Chicago Tribune recipe contest a few years ago and while I completely understand that they're award-winning, I can't figure out what could have possibly taken the grand prize! 
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These have a peanut butter oatmeal base which is then topped with a layer of melted chocolate chips and finally drizzled with a peanut butter icing. Need I say more?
chocolate peanut butter bars

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Grandma Grump's Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
from the Chicago Tribune

-2 cups flour
-2 cups old-fashioned oats
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup granulated sugar

-1 cup packed light brown sugar
-2 eggs
-2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

for the topping-
-1 cup confectioners' sugar
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-1/4 cup whipping cream or milk

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, beating until combined. Beat in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour/oat mixture, one cup at a time.
3. Press mixture into a 15 x 10 inch jellyroll pan. Bake until firm and beginning to brown, 20-25 minutes.
4. To make the topping, stir together the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, and cream/milk. Set aside.
5. Remove the cookie base from the oven and sprinkle immediately with chocolate chips. Spread chocolate over entire pan as it melts, using a spatula to smooth. Drizzle or spread the peanut butter topping over the chocolate. Allow pan to cool completely before cutting into bars and serving.