• Ashley

Peanut Butter Bars

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

When I was in elementary, the cooks came in each day and made lunch from scratch. I feel that things are more prepackaged now. One of the things that I loved as a kid was the peanut butter bars the cooks would make at school. I would always eat the peanut butter bar first when we had them for lunch.

These peanut butter bars are so soft and yummy. I've had this recipe for quite a while now, and it is always a favorite when I bring it to gatherings.

These bars are quick and easy to make. I use Skippy brand (smooth) peanut butter for these and Nestle milk chocolate chips. You'll want to use a rubber spatula for these. When you spread out the batter in the pan, push it down with a rubber spatula. Try not to let the spatula lift until you are at the edge of the peanut butter bars, or the peanut butter bars may stick to the spatula and rip. If you use something metal, the batter sticks to the metal object and does not spread well.

Once the bars have cooked, you will wait two minutes and then put small scoops of peanut butter over the bars. This is an important step; if you start too early, the bars will tear.

You will wait two more minutes and then spread the chocolate chips with the same spatula you used for the peanut butter. The peanut butter and chocolate will mix together and will only look like chocolate on the top. I try to cover the peanut butter on the top, so you only see chocolate.

Peanut Butter Bars


1 cup butter, softened to room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2/3 cup peanut butter + additional peanut butter scoops for the top of the baked bars

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups quick oats

1 package milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. 

Then mix in peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined, add flour, salt, soda, and oatmeal. Pour and press into a large cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. 

Allow bars to cool for two minutes. They will need to be hot to melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips, but if they are too hot, the bars will tear. Place small scoops of peanut butter all over the bars and let them sit for two minutes. After two minutes, spread the peanut butter over the bars. Spread a package of chocolate chips over the bars and let sit for two minutes. Once the time is up, spread the chocolate chips over the bars. Let cool before serving. 

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