These Peanut Butter Bars with oatmeal are a soft and chewy baked cookie dessert topped with an extra layer of peanut butter, and a decadent chocolate frosting. Perfect for parties and potlucks! (Serves a crowd.)
This is one of those nostalgic recipes for me. The lunch ladies made them at my elementary school, but they were called Peanut Butter Fingers. The only difference is that they were cut in half from the squares you see in my photos — so they were long, thin rectangles.
I can see why they were a frequent dessert in the cafeteria, because they make A LOT, which is perfect for a crowd. Plus everyone loved them! I guarantee that adults love these just as much as kids do. It’s hard to beat that peanut butter and chocolate combination, unless you have a food allergy to it, of course.
PEANUT BUTTER BARS
These aren’t just peanut butter cookie bars topped with chocolate. These peanut butter bars have old fashioned oats in them which creates this great chewy texture. An extra thin layer of peanut butter is spread over the bars while they are still warm, and then everything is smothered with a rich chocolate frosting.
I love to use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa in my chocolate frosting for the taste and a darker color, but regular unsweetened cocoa is fine too.
It’s so fun to make the frosting pretty with a bakery swirled design and it’s really easy to do! Either way, the frosting is smooth, creamy, and the perfect addition to these peanut butter bars.
Don’t be surprised when these peanut butter bars disappear in a flash at parties and potlucks. They’re easy to make and taste great!
Check out these No Bake Peanut Butter Bars for a great alternative in the summer months, if you don’t feel like turning on the oven.