Rating: 4.5 stars
334 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 223
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3

Oatmeal bars with a caramel flavored peanut butter topping. A big hit at pot-lucks! Very rich, also!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda. Cut in the butter to form a crumbly mixture. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumbs, and pat the rest evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter. Spread evenly over the oatmeal layer. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the peanut butter layer, then crumble the reserved crust over the top.

  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 29.4g; fat 13.8g; cholesterol 20.8mg; sodium 176.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (249)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2006
SOOOOOO good! I had half a can of sweetened condensed milk to use up, and I'm so glad I found this recipe! I did a half-batch and I pretty much followed the recipe... Although I didn't measure the peanut butter, just put a huge spoonful of it in the milk. Oh, and a hint: It's much easier to mix the milk/PB-mix and spread it over the crust if you heat it in the microwave for 15 or 30 seconds. Then in blends really easily and it's pretty simple to smooth over the base. I also pressed down on the top crust a little to make sure it would not fall apart. Wonderful! I lined the 8" pan with foil, sprayed it, and it was simple to remove and cut the bars. Thanks, Sue, I LOVE this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
These were good but a little too rich for my liking. I used a full bag of chocolate chips..(I'm not sure if that's more than 2 cups) but it was way too much. The chocolate overpowered everything else and made these sickly sweet. I did like the crust. It had a good flavor and I loved the oatmeal in it. Would probably only use half a bag of chocolate chips next time. Read More
(13)
334 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 223
  • 4 star values: 70
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2006
SOOOOOO good! I had half a can of sweetened condensed milk to use up, and I'm so glad I found this recipe! I did a half-batch and I pretty much followed the recipe... Although I didn't measure the peanut butter, just put a huge spoonful of it in the milk. Oh, and a hint: It's much easier to mix the milk/PB-mix and spread it over the crust if you heat it in the microwave for 15 or 30 seconds. Then in blends really easily and it's pretty simple to smooth over the base. I also pressed down on the top crust a little to make sure it would not fall apart. Wonderful! I lined the 8" pan with foil, sprayed it, and it was simple to remove and cut the bars. Thanks, Sue, I LOVE this recipe! Read More
(66)
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2005
this recipe is excellent and so easy! they look great too. next time i will try white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. if you slightly heat the condensed milk + peanut butter mixture in the microwave, it helps to ease the spreading over the oatmeal base. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2010
All I can say about these bars is run to your kitchen and make them now, especially if you love PB & Chocolate together :o) I followed the directions to a "T" and these turned out awesome! Everyone who tried them loved them. I did line my pan with foil so the bars lifted out easier to cut. I stored mine in the fridge. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2010
OMG! These are incredible! I didn't have any sweetened condensed milk on hand so I looked up a subsitute and it was fantastic better even than canned sw. cond. milk. 2 eggs 2 Tbl flour 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup br. sugar and 1/2 tsp Baking powder. (Who'd have thought that you could make your own sweetened condensed milk?) Thanks so much for the recipe! It's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2007
Wow. These are really good and not too sweet. My young kids gobbled these up and I have to say my hubby and I were right there with 'em!! I didn't measure the choc chips just added to coat the pan. Also added a handful or 2 of white chips. I didn't have all the peanut butter it called for which didn't matter. The peanut butter and cond. milk aren't hard to mix at all..just a little elbow grease.:) The recipe calls for you to allow them to cool before cutting them but I had to try them out of the oven and I think they would be awesome warm with vanilla ice cream! I will definately keep this recipe. Thank you so much!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
SOOOO GOOOOOD! I only used 1/2 cup of chocolate chips because I didn't want to make the chocolate overpowering. They came out perfect. I've tried them a few times and they always come out a little better and softer when I bake them in a glass pan instead of a metal one. I've also used peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips. MMMMMmmm... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2007
I have made these several times; they seem to work for me everytime. I make sure however not to bake them too long. This will definitely leave that burnt chocolate chip aftertaste. Watch your oven and these will definitely be a hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
Can you say "Little slice of heaven"? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
these are so darned good! I didn't change anything except I don't use instant oats; I like the bigger flakes of oats that the old-fashioned rolled oats provides. Never fails to amaze me how people will rate a recipe less stars because they are 'rich' or 'too sweet'; all one has to do is look at ingredients to realize yes they have ingredients that produce a rich dessert bar but oh so good. Didn't have a problem mixing the milk and pb-just a few whips with the wisk and it was incorporated. Used a glass pan and no sticking at all; 30 min. was perfect. TIP to avoid browning of morsels or pb mixture refrain from spreading to the edges of pan. I had no problems. thanks for this quick and easy recipe. love it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
These were good but a little too rich for my liking. I used a full bag of chocolate chips..(I'm not sure if that's more than 2 cups) but it was way too much. The chocolate overpowered everything else and made these sickly sweet. I did like the crust. It had a good flavor and I loved the oatmeal in it. Would probably only use half a bag of chocolate chips next time. Read More
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