Candy Bar- Cookie Bars

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Candy Bar- Cookie Bars

These delicious little treats have an oatmeal-peanut butter cookie layer that is topped with a layer of melted chocolate & peanut butter... and chips and peanuts on top too.

Yield: 30 pieces

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min


1 cup (packed) brown sugar
2/3 cup butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
1 cup peanut butter chips
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped peanuts

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/3 cup chopped peanuts


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil; spray foil with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium saucepan, stir brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat until combined. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla; stir until smooth.

3. Place oats in a very large bowl. Pour brown sugar mixture over oats; stir to combine. Press oat mixture onto the bottom of prepared pan.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until golden. Don’t over-bake (you don’t want it to brown) or it will be on the crunchy side. Let the cookie layer cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack.

5. In the same saucepan, stir chips and peanut butter over low heat until melted and smooth.

6. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts over the baked cookie layer. Pour chocolate over the peanuts; spread to make an even layer. Sprinkle chocolate and peanut butter chips and peanuts over the top; press lightly into the chocolate layer.

7. Refrigerate until firm; cut into squares.

Source: (Adapted from Midwestliving)

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  • Lynda elwell wrote:

    What is corn syrup

  • Laura wrote:

    I made these over the weekend with my daughter and brought them to work today..everyone is raving about them!

  • raleighcook wrote:

    I made these this weekend and they are delicious!

  • Nikki wrote:

    How long did it take for your bars to firm in the fridge?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Nikki, Hmmm, not sure. I think I may have thrown them in the freezer to quicken the process.

  • Regan Jones wrote:

    Wow… all I can say is… wow. (Okay… so maybe I can say Yum, too)

  • Tia @ ButtercreamBar wrote:

    they look amazing. nice clean slices. impressive!

  • Irene wrote:

    It looks really good I want to try the recipe! Thanks for sharing. Just to confirm, when you say foil, do you mean aluminum foil or normal baking paper? Thanks!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Irene, Yes, aluminum foil.

  • Autumn wrote:

    Oh boy oh boy these look sinfully delish! As do soooooo many of your other recipes as well. You are a great Baker/Cook 🙂
    I’m sooo addicted to your website!

  • Kathy wrote:

    I used to make these years ago, but recently, I’ve been wanting to make them again. These look so good, I think I’ll have to give them a try!