Thursday, July 14, 2011

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bars

I told you I love oatmeal and peanut butter together.  I also told you I’m on a “Cassie’s favorite flavor combo” kick.  Well, here’s proof.  Another peanut butter + oatmeal treat.  Only with a bonus: butterscotch!

I was in charge of making a dessert for a family reunion this month.  If you don’t live in the Midwest, let me tell you about July in Kansas.  It’s H.O.T.  The reunion was outside and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been but regardless, I knew I needed a simple yet delicious dessert that wouldn’t be too heavy and that would handle the heat of the summer. I must say that I created a winner!  I didn’t have to turn the oven on, they came together in a snap and there are only 6 ingredients…all of which I always have on-hand.  These are a must-have for your next summer BBQ!

I was inspired by these no-bake bars from The Kitchenarian a few weeks ago.  Hers sounded delicious and this is how I put my twist on her chocolate/peanut butter combination:

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Oatmeal Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

1 stick butter
2 cups peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, your choice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 bag (11.5 ounce) butterscotch baking chips

Directions:

Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Melt the butter and peanut butter together in a microwave safe bowl until melted and stir to combine. Mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add the oats until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You might need more or less than three cups of oats; add until the dough reaches your desired consistency. Press the mixture into the 9×13 pan and spread evenly.

Pour the butterscotch chips in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well and continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until fully melted. Pour over the top of the peanut butter/oat crust and spread evenly.

Allow the bars to cool and set. Refrigerate to allow the butterscotch to harden, if desired. (I did refrigerate and liked the consistency that it produced.)

Gently slice into squares. They are pretty rich so I would recommend cutting into 24 small squares but you could certainly cut them larger too.

Cassie's Tip:
There are so many ways that you could adapt this to make it your own: use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips in addition to or instead of the butterscotch; use Rice Krispy’s Cereal instead of oatmeal (or any of your favorite cereals); add chocolate chips to the crust mixture; add peanuts to the crust mixture; sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips, or drizzle caramel or chocolate sauce over the caramel mixture…see what I mean? The possibilities are endless!

 

 

25 Responses to “Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bars”

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    Carolyn — July 14, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    Peanut butter and oatmeal is a fantastic combination and with butterscotch too? I might keel right over! These look amazing!

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    Erin — July 14, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    These look awesome!! I haven't been able to bake in almost 2 weeks now, I am going through withdrawal!

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    Parsley Sage — July 14, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    So delicious. And I'm a sucker for butterscotch. The little chips rarely even make it IN to a baked good because I tend to munch them :)

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    meeshiesmom — July 14, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    These do look great. I wish I could say I was going through baking withdrawals, but I'm not. I have an oven in my basement. Perfect for those HOT summer days in the midwest.
    Karen

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    Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate — July 14, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I have a really great idea which involves you basically just sending me one of everything you make. Let me know what you think.

    The PB/oatmeal combo is making me drool. Following you on Twitter!

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    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — July 14, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Yummy! These look so delicious!! :)

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    sugarfooteats.com — July 14, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    These look GREAT!!! I've been in NC for 8 days. I'm dreading returning to the KS heat. :/

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    Tina @flourtrader — July 14, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Really great recipe here. Like the versatility of it and that there really is no baking involved. thanks for sharing.

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    Peggy — July 14, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    Adding butterscotch to these is just icing on the cake! Or should I say bar? Hehe… corniness aside, these sound super delicious!

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    Anne — July 14, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Hi Cassie! I am with you! I LOVE the combo of peanut butter and oatmeal. This is such a bonus that you don't have to bake it! And great suggestions for adaptations…but I wouldn't change a thing! : )

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    DD — July 14, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    WOW looks fantastic!!!!
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    Sarah — July 14, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Cassie these look soooo, sooooo good! I had a dessert with butterscotch last weekend and I've been on the hunt for more ever since- can't wait to try this!

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    Ann — July 14, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Oh, Delish! I love, Love, LOVE peanut butter and who wouldn't love this one? Easy and tasty – my kind of recipe!

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    Kim Bee — July 14, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    Yumtastic! I like this one alot. Might take your suggestions to heart and test drive this one. Thanks for sharing.

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    Patty — July 15, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    These sound wonderful!

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    alex — July 15, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    perfect combo! I love no bake bars!

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    Butrcreamblondi — July 15, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    These look sooo good! Love that you don't have to turn the oven on :)

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    Maureen — July 15, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Absolutely delicious looking! Perfect for a hot summer day. I've bookmarked this for summer (down under), thanks!

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    Roxana GreenGirl — July 15, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Adding butterscotch makes it to die for!

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    Bo — July 16, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    These sound great…they remind me of the no bake cookie recipe on the back of the Hershey's cocoa…except they are made with cocoa and not butterscotch.

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    Denise B — July 17, 2011 @ 2:24 am

    Oh my, these look so incredible. I can't wait to try them. I need a dessert for tomorrow night and I think these will fit the bill nicely. And No Bake– my kinda summer treat! Thank you once again!!!

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    Strawbz — July 17, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    O my goodness this sounds so yummy :-)

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    Lizzy — July 17, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    You're done some delicious baking while I've been on vacation!

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    Mama J — July 21, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    Yum! I was looking for a recipe that I could make today that wouldn't involve turning on my oven. This is perfect!

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    Sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 17, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    wow! butterscotch oatmeal cookies are a favorite of mine, so these look right up my alley! all of your recipes look and sounds incredible!

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