Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (Treats For Co-Irkers)

I feel a little guilty posting this recipe because it came from the Peter Pan website. I'm a JIF girl and always will be so of course I substituted JIF for the Peter Pan. Now, if we can all get along here and no one reports me to the NCPPBR (National Council for the Protection of Peanut Butter Recipes) everything will remain civil and no one gets hurt in the process. Are you in or out? Just try the recipe before you consider reporting me and I think mum will remain the word.

I used a mixture of Coach's Oats (are you sick of me referring to these yet?) and regular old-fashioned oats for this recipe, but you can use any oats you please. I also used whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour, and butter instead of Blue Bonnet table spread (whatever that is.) So you know what? Go ahead and report me to the NCPPBR, I'm claiming this recipe as my own!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mag Bars (AKA Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars)

2 cups oats (quick-cooking, old-fashioned or Coach's Oats. I used half old-fashioned and half Coach's)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
8 (.75 oz snack size) Reeses peanut butter cups, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Add butter and stir until crumbly. Remove 1 1/2 cups to use as topping. Press remaining mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased 13X9 baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from oven.

In microwave-safe dish, microwave the 1 cup of the chocolate chips in 30-second intervals until softened and melted. Stir until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter. Stir well until smooth and thoroughly combined. Spread onto crust.

Combine the remaining chocolate chips, chopped peanut butter cups, and the reserved crumb topping. Sprinkle evenly over filling.

Bake for 25 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

The Other Side of 50 will be on vacation for the next week. However, please stop back often while I'm away because I have some excellent guest hosts lined up with some fantastic recipes. AND.... there will be a GIVEAWAY starting Monday!

30 comments:

Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

I think this will be the perfect recipe to take to the workers on our house. They always accuse me (jokingly) of sticking in flax seed or wheat germ in the goodies I bring them.

The Food Hunter said...

YUM!

Julie said...

Interesting I just read this about taste testin for Peanut Butter, seems Peter Pan wins out.

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/everydaycooking/tastetests/peanutbuttertastetest

And weren't you just on vacation a few weeks ago? Lucky girl!!!

Susan said...

This sounds great! I am a Jif girl tool. :)

Carolyn said...

These look amazing. They would send my kids over the moon. I'm partial to Skippy myself, so if you don't report me for using that, I won't report you for using Jif ;)

Velva said...

Those peanut butter crunch bars looks delicious.

Have a great vacation. I will be checking in while you are away to read your guest posts.

Sue said...

This ingredient list is pretty amazing! Glad you put your own spin on the recipe:) These look FANTASTIC! BTW, I'm a SKIPPY girl myself!

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

hey, it if ain't the same as PP site, then it ain't their recipe anymore. LOL. BTW, I use Jiff too...100 percent of the way. However, I have to buy Grumpy Skippy Extra Chunky.

Magic of Spice said...

You know Mags, you have the luckies
Co-Irkers on the planet...these are fantastic!

The Mom Chef said...

I was a whatever's on sale girl but I married a Jif guy so that's what our house is. These are something my husband and daughter would go crazy for. I'll make them with Jif and we can compare.

Leslie said...

I sure hope these people appreciate you! I love peanut butter and grew up on Peter Pan, but couldn't find it after I moved to California in 1998, so I became a Jif girl. Safeway recently started carry Peter Pan so I joyfully bought a jar. So disappointing.

Have a wonderful vacation!

Nanan said...

I am glad I came for my chuckle for the evening - now I have a great recipie to make for the co-irkers - score!!!! I like Jif, too!

Daniela said...

Me encanta la receta, con tu permiso me la guardo.
Hasta pronto.

briarrose said...

These look wonderful. I'm going to have to give them a try.

June said...

Oh yumm Mags. You always come up with the best recipes! NCPPBR - LMAO you are way too funny.

Mary said...

They sound absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong with the chocolate-peanut butter combo. I am a terrible person. I have no brand loyalty and will buy whatever is least expensive. My bad :-). I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

Your secret is safe with me as long as you mail me a batch of those bars! Is that considered blackmail?

Moogie said...

YUM!!!

Are you coming to my house for a surprise visit?

From the Kitchen said...

Everything I love in a cookie bar. I shall hold you personally responsible for weight gain!!

Best,
Bonnie

Rosemary & Garlic said...

how big are the coirkers????

Megan said...

They look great! But I am a Skippy girl forever! I actually just made some chocolate peanut butter treats the other day... haven't had a chance to post about them yet.

Chocolate and peanut butter has got to be the best combination!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm a Skippy girl myself. Definitely chunky, but I wouldn't turn down one of the sinful goodies.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! Love these... I come from a chocolate and peanut butter loving family, so these would be a huge hit. They wouldn't last long, either.

Sweet & Savory Summer said...

These look delicious- probably wouldn't last over a day in my house... which means I have to make them :)

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Mags,
I brought these to work today. Against my better judgement. I try to push fiber, fruits and veggies in the work place environment. Made them with regular flour. Everyone loves them.

Anne

Mags said...

Anne: Welcome to the dark side. Glad everyone enjoyed them!

marla said...

Now these are some serious treats!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Oh my goodness these look AMAZING!!! I'll take a dozen please. :)

Megan said...

I'm a Skippy girl but I'm also a Chocolate PB Crunch girl so I'm not telling. ;)

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

oh my goodness, these look amazing! And I am definitely a Jif fan :)