World's Best Peanut Butter Bars
Perfectly thick, soft and chewy peanut butter bars with a peanut butter and chocolate glaze, and oats baked in the chewy cookie bars.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
For the bars:
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (plus more for spreading over baked bars)
- 3/4 Tablespoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
For the chocolate frosting:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons milk
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar.
Add the eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter and mix well.
In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to creamy mixture.
Press firmly into a greased 9x13'' pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 17-21 minutes. Do not over-bake! They will look just barely set in the center, and they will harden as they cool. Allow to cool completely.
Once cooled, spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the bars.
To make the chocolate frosting:
Combine the butter, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling.
Stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners sugar and vanilla.
Spread chocolate frosting over the top of the bars. Chocolate will thicken once cooled.
Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 4.4% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 4.3%