We call this recipe 'Monkey' as a family tradition. We also have Monkey Bread. These bars are wonderful especially for when your the parent who has to bring a snack for school!

Kate
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream butter and white sugar and brown sugar. Blend in 1/3 cup peanut butter, egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Add flour and oatmeal. Mix well!

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  • Spread in greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

  • Return to oven and bake for eight minutes. Spread to smooth out chocolate chips. Cool! Mix icing and spread over bars. Refrigerate to set. Cut and eat.

  • To Make Icing: Mix together 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 3 1/2 tablespoons milk until it makes a spreadable consistency.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

454 calories; 23.4 g total fat; 36 mg cholesterol; 179 mg sodium. 60.2 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
I found this recipe to be very very sweet. The cookie bar bottom was wonderful and would taste great by itself. The icing and chocolate together seemed too much and made this treat very sweet. Icing or melted chocolate chips would be enough.... or even just the bar by itself! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
I have been looking for a recipe similar to the chocolate peanut butter bars you can find at the Mrs. Fields store. This wasn't what I was looking for but they were still pretty good. Of course I got a little impatient with the cooling process and spread the peanut butter glaze on while it was still warm. Don't think it hurt it any. I think the crust could have been a little sweeter but the measurments for the chocolate and PB glaze were right on. I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate so I wasn't too disappointed with this one. Gonna keep looking. Read More
(20)
110 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
I found this recipe to be very very sweet. The cookie bar bottom was wonderful and would taste great by itself. The icing and chocolate together seemed too much and made this treat very sweet. Icing or melted chocolate chips would be enough.... or even just the bar by itself! Read More
(49)
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
I found this recipe to be very very sweet. The cookie bar bottom was wonderful and would taste great by itself. The icing and chocolate together seemed too much and made this treat very sweet. Icing or melted chocolate chips would be enough.... or even just the bar by itself! Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2007
I made these for Christmas wanted to try something different. I doubled the recipe and used a jelly roll pan. It was excellent. My husband told me to never make them again since he couldn't stop eating them when my son-in-law returned home the only thing he wanted to take home were these bars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2007
These bars are great. I did half with the frosting and half without. I would definitely keep the topping. I only used 1/2 the amount of chocolate chips and it was perfect. Will definitely make these bars again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2006
These are delicious bars that are very quick and easy to make. They are very rich and sweet but sooo good. I too was too impatient to wait for the chocolate to cool before adding the icing. I was able to sort of swirl the peanut butter and chocolate for a marbled effect which I actually really liked. I might try less chocolate chips next time. I'm planning to make these to take to cookouts this summer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2006
OK I made these and they were very good. My family loved them. They weren't a brownie type thing that I was looking for but they were very good. Changes I made were... I used more peanut butter because i really wnated the peanut butter taste. It didn't help. The oatmeal overpowered the peanut butter. They were good though just not as peanut buttery as I would have liked. I did use semi-sweet chocolate chips and omitted the peanut butter frosing as suggested by other people here because it did seem too sweet for me when I read the recipe. They were very good but next time I will use milk chocoalte chips instead of semi sweet and I will use the frosting. BTW.... everyone who tried them absolutely loved them. My husband was glad to have something different and he liked them alot also. I will definitely make them again. I will make them again but make some minor changes next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2004
Delicious and super easy! As a vegan I subbed soy milk for the dairy milk non-hydrogentated margarine for the butter powdered egg replacer for the egg and dark chocolate for the semisweet. Even so it turned out great! The icing stayed soft and creamy but that was fine by me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2003
This reminds me of the peanut butter bars that we used to have in the cafeteria in school when I was young and I LOVED when they were serving them!!!!! So yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2006
These bars are awesome. Sure they are really sweet but that's the point. chocolate and peanut butter-yummmmm. They disappeared. Next time I will try it with milk chocolate chips I think. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2005
Excellent! Many compliments by my bunko group. I did double the frosting after reading some reviews. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
I have been looking for a recipe similar to the chocolate peanut butter bars you can find at the Mrs. Fields store. This wasn't what I was looking for but they were still pretty good. Of course I got a little impatient with the cooling process and spread the peanut butter glaze on while it was still warm. Don't think it hurt it any. I think the crust could have been a little sweeter but the measurments for the chocolate and PB glaze were right on. I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate so I wasn't too disappointed with this one. Gonna keep looking. Read More
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