I had an unexpected day off from work today due to warm weekend temperatures and rain. I know some of you are probably scratching your heads wondering why that is. Well, the temperatures warmed up into the 40′s and we had pouring rain pretty much all weekend. All that water combined with cool evening temperatures turned many of the streets into skating rinks today, which made driving conditions pretty hazardous. For safety’s sake, they decided to close schools and college campuses for the day, which gave me the day off.
I spent most of the day catching up on household chores, but since the last of the Lemon Chocolate Chip Pound Cake that I made right before the weekend had been gobbled up last night, I also took some time to whip up a batch of these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.
You could say that our current weather conditions inspired me to make these bars. As I look up at the nearby mountain range, I can see that a lot of the snow has melted as a result of our 40+ degree weather. The lack of snow makes the mountains look rather inviting, and I think these bars would be the perfect snack to squirrel away in my backpack to take on a afternoon hike. If it wasn’t so rainy and windy outside, I’d probably be up there right now.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, combine the four, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time and blend until well incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix well.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the batter until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the bars are slightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place pan on wire rack to cool. Cut into squares.
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