Ahhhh, Pinterest. How we love thee!
This recipe is yet another wonderful thing I discovered on Pinterest. I was able to quickly whip these up today with ingredients that I always have on hand. Gotta love non-complicated, fast and easy recipes!
Cate took a bite and said, “Wow! These taste even better than they look!” I’ll take that! They basically taste like no-bake cookies, but I like that they are in bar form – it’s much easier to make them look pretty!
- 1 stick butter (4 ounces)
- 2 cups white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3½ cups oats (I used Quaker rolled instant oats)
- chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (butterscotch or peanut butter chips would be good, too)
- Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray with cooking oil.
- Combine and melt butter, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat – bring to boil, let boil for 90 seconds, stirring continuously, then remove from heat.
- Add peanut butter and vanilla (vanilla can bubble up on you, so add carefully). Mix until smooth. Stir in the oats.
- Pour into pan, spreading evenly. The mixture will be very hot so be careful! Give it a few minutes to cool, then press a handful of chocolate chips into the top.
- The original recipe says to put them in the freezer for an hour. I did this and they were very hard to cut. I had also used waxed paper instead of foil with spray. I could not for the life of me get the bars to pop out of the pan – it was crazy town. I think if I had just refrigerated for 20 minutes or so they would have been set and much easier to work with.