Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars

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peanut butter polka dot bars on a plate

 

Thanks for all the birthday wishes to my 7 year old yesterday!  I let him read my post from yesterday, and he got a huge smile on his face.  He is shy, but loved being the center of attention for a day.

peanut butter polka dot bars on a plate

As promised today I bring you what he chose for his birthday treat.  He isn’t much of a cake kid, so I knew that wouldn’t be his choice.  I showed him probably 100 desserts from my Pinterest boards, and let him pick.  He knew he wanted peanut butter and chocolate (takes after his mom), so at least we narrowed the choices a little.  In the end, I think it was the Reese’s Pieces that won him over.

peanut butter polka dot bars on a plate

Unfortunately I waited until the last minute to make these, and the store I went to did not have mini Reese’s Pieces candies.  So I had to go with the full sized version.  I am sure they taste the same, you just don’t get the full “polka dot” effect.  He had a tiny one after dinner last night, and said he made a good choice.  Really, how can you go wrong with peanut butter, oats and chocolate?  He picked his birthday dinner to be at Red Robin, and wanted them to sing to him this year, so he filled up on ice cream before we got home.  Looks like the teachers or my husbands co-workers are going to benefit tomorrow 🙂

peanut butter polka dot bars on a plate
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Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars

By Erin
Rich peanut butter bars with a layer of chocolate filling and Reese's Pieces candy.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

Bars

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate Filling, (recipe below)
  • 1 package Reese's Pieces Minis, (regular size works too, about 1 1/2 cups)

Chocolate Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 baking pan with foil, and spray with non stick spray.
  • In an electric mixer combine butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together. Mix until well combined. Add eggs, and vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated. In a separate bowl whisk together oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. The dough will be very thick, and you may have to use your hands to fully incorporate the flour. Set aside 2 cups of dough. Press remaining dough into the prepared baking dish.
  • Prepare the chocolate filling. In a small sauce pan melt the butter. Over low heat stir in sugar and cocoa powder. Pour in sweetened condensed milk. Stir constantly until smooth and it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over dough, and spread evenly. Sprinkle the Reese's Pieces over the chocolate layer. Using the remaining 2 cups of dough, drop teaspoonfuls over the candy layer. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack completely before serving (trust me!)

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 318
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Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars peanut butter polka dot bars on a plate
Slightly adapted from Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Chocolate Filling (recipe below)
1 package Reese’s Pieces Minis (regular size works too, about 1 1/2 cups)

Chocolate Filling
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup cocoa Powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13×9 baking pan with foil, and spray with non stick spray.

In an electric mixer combine butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together.  Mix until well combined.  Add eggs, and vanilla.  Mix until fully incorporated.  In a separate bowl whisk together oats, flour, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture.  The dough will be very thick, and you may have to use your hands to fully incorporate the flour.  Set aside 2 cups of dough.  Press remaining dough into the prepared baking dish.

Prepare the chocolate filling.  In a small sauce pan melt the butter.  Over low heat stir in sugar and cocoa powder.  Pour in sweetened condensed milk.  Stir constantly until smooth and it begins to thicken.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour over dough, and spread evenly.  Sprinkle the Reese’s Pieces over the chocolate layer.  Using the remaining 2 cups of dough, drop teaspoonfuls over the candy layer.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack completely before serving (trust me!)

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About Erin S

Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

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26 Comments

  1. Crap, sorry I missed your son’s 7th birthday! I just started a new job and it’s been so exhausting. I’m so behind on keeping up with blogs, and my google reader is out of control. That being said, happy 7th birthday! He is absolutely darling.

    As for these bars, I absolutely love them, especially with the whole color scheme of the reese’s mini pieces.

  2. I’m glad your son had a nice birthday (and how sweet you let him read the birthday wishes!) I love his choice of desserts, these bars look good!

  3. I made these for a Special Olympics year end party and for a treat for my co-workers and everybody when crazy for them. I swear, about 7 people asked me for the recipe and one girl even said that “these were the best things I have ever ingested!” lol. Thanks for sharing!