Super Yummy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oat Squares

Ya, well we've been doing quite well with our healthier eating habits for the past several months . . .  SO . . .

Every once in a while I'll make some kind of treat as a reward for our efforts ~ it's okay to do that, you know. ;)

See the thin layer of peanut butter between chocolate topping and  the peanut butter-
 & oat cookie base ?!  Yummy.

I was in the mood to make something sweet, but the pantry is kept rather bare of "dessert-making" ingredients since we revamped our way of eating . . .  However, I do keep peanut butter, rolled oats, and always a bag of chocolate chips, (for emergencies) on hand.  So I went hunting for a recipe that matched my ingredients.  


This looked like a good one ~  I found the recipe on Calli's blog  "Make-it-do".  Besides being a wife and mom Calli is quite talented.  If you have a moment stop by and take a look, I think you'll like her style.

The squares (or bars) are really easy to make ~ just mix up the ingredients for the cookie base (butter, sugar, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, salt, flour and rolled oats), press mixture into a jelly roll pan and bake it for about 15 minutes.

As soon as it is finished baking, remove it from the oven and drop spoonfuls of peanut butter on top. As the peanut butter begins to melt, spread it out evenly over the hot surface of the cookie base with a spatula.  Allow it to cool thoroughly, then just make the chocolate topping and pour it over.  As soon as the chocolate sets up cut into squares or bars . . . and enjoy!

(See below for link to printable recipe)

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Something worthy to share with you bakers out there!

If  you've been following my blog for any length of time, you probably know I've been a home cook & baker for many, many years.  Because I bake a lot, I have gone through my share of baking pans (sheet pans, cake pans, bread pans, etc.)  ranging in quality from middle to premium and commercial grade. I like to bake cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, cupcakes, etc. in metal pans (but I avoid traditional 'non-stick'.) I've never been 100% satisfied with any of them after a using them for a a few years. 

BUT,  I have finally found a line of baking pans that are sturdily built, which I recommend ~ and the bonus is, they are made in the USA.  (Come on peeps, our economy NEEDS all the help it can get ~ and YOU can make a difference by buying products made in the USA.)  

And the brand name is EASY enough to remember ~
 "USA Baking Pans"! 

 In fact, I baked these squares in the  15 x10-inch USA Baking Pan. 


USA Baking Pans Product Features

  • Commercial grade, heavy gauge jellyroll pan
  • Made of aluminized steel; corrugation provides even cooking, extra strength
  • Coated with Americoat; silicone coating on top and bottom; non-stick surface
  • Americoat is environmentally friendly; does not contain PTFE's or PFOA's; silicone is a natural substance
  • Made in USA by American Pan in Pittsburg, PA; largest worldwide manufacturer of commercial bakeware

Absolutely no sticking, and the pans practically wipe clean.  I simply hand wash & dry them ~ they clean up in a flash.

The company make all kinds of high quality baking pans; here's a LINK if you would like to take a look at a selection.


BUT . . .  Back to the Squares . . .


If you would like a printable copy of the recipe, it is HERE on my recipe blog.

Thanks for stopping by today, please leave me a comment ~ I LOVE your company!  xo

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  1. Mari,
    These yummy squares take me back to my teenage years. My high school cafeteria made the best chocolate peanut butter squares. I can't wait to make these. They look scrumptious!!!!!
    Thanks for the great recipe.

  2. Mari, these look insanely good. And I'm on a quest to lose 10 lbs before my son's graduation in early May. I'll have to remember this recipe for later. :)

  3. I try and avoid baking but I also believe that we can give ourselves a treat once in a while. These are even healthy and good for you...arent' they (she says hopefully).

  4. They look right up our alley:)

    I had a craving too this week and made a sweet too..
    Perfect shots too Mary..
    Love them.

  5. These look wonderful Mary and so healthy too...well there are oats in there! I have the USA muffin tins and I really like them a lot. I found them at Homegoods if you can believe it. I was very happy to see something that is still made in the USA.

  6. I'm not a peanut butter fan, but my daughter would just love these! Going to check out the pans :)

  7. En France le beurre de cacahuète n'est pas très utilisé... Mais je suppose que cela doit être délicieux... employé dans cette pâtisserie.

  8. These look great, what's there to not like about chocolate and peanut butter?

  9. I would love to print this but I don't see a link to print once I get to the other blog. Where exactly is it? Thanks!

  10. Thank you for your comments, friends! If you try them, I hope you like them. This recipe makes quite a few squares (I cut them just slightly less than 2" x 2" ~ they are rich tasting!) There are enough to share.

    Hi Mary, Hmm, I don't know why the recipe is not appearing when you click the link... Puzzled! But here is the direct address:

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks for visiting, everyone. (hugs)

  11. When I click the link it does take me to the recipe but there is no link on the page to print. If I go to file, print, I can print it but it prints the whole page, pictures and all. A huge ink sucker!! Maybe it is because I am using a mac. I just want to print the recipe, not pics. Mary

  12. Mari
    those bars look so tasty, and your images are stunning!! I am going to have to taste test a few of those before serving them to my girls, but I know they will love them!


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