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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Peanutty Candy Bars

Oh my goodness, these bars are soooo good! They are very sweet and chewy and really do taste like a candy bar. Very simple to make. The recipe was clipped from a magazine and made it into my recipe binder. I even drew little stars all over it, which is clearly the best endorsement of all.

Peanutty Candy Bars
Makes ~2 dozen depending on how you cut them

4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup and 2/3 cup peanut butter, divided (smooth or crunchy)*
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. (11 oz) butterscotch chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped salted peanuts

Preheat oven to 375-F. Grease a 13" x 9 " baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, corn syrup and vanilla. Press into baking pan and bake for 12-14 minutes or until mixture is a little bubbly around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool about 20 min. It does not have to be completely cool when you add the top layer.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butterscotch and chocolate chips, 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between, until smooth. Stir in peanuts and 2/3 cup peanut butter. Spread over the oat mixture. Refrigerate for a least 1 hour before cutting into bars or squares. Store in the refrigerator in the warmer months.

*Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe.

Happy Baking!


  1. Thank you! I want to make these tomorrow! They are so yummy! Have you tried making them with organic peanut butter?

  2. No, I don't buy organic pb. Is it like the kind you have to stir first? I don't know how that will work... if you try, let me know if it's ok.

  3. These are amazingly addictive! They turned out well...but I can't stop eating them! I did use organic peanut butter, and I even cut the recipe in 1/2 and it was fine!

  4. So glad to hear this, Jen! What size pan did you use when you cut the recipe in half? 9x9"? I know... they really are addictive. I only make these when I know there will be lots of other people around to gobble them up!

  5. Hi!! I'm stopping by and following from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. I hope you'll check out my blog Frazzled Mama at http://frazzled-mama.com and follow me back.

    Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  6. That look very yummy! I am following you now from the Wild Wednesday blog hop.


  7. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

  8. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday, be sure to come vote on Sunday for your fave of the bunch!

    Looks so very delicious, might need to break down and get some peanut butter (I eat it straight so I don't keep it in the house lol)

  9. These look yummy! Easy too. I'm pinning this recipe. Thanks.

  10. I like your blog. I have just signed up as a follower. Please drop by to Carole's Chatter and check it out. You might like my Food on Friday series which focuses on a different ingredient. Last week it was Pork. This week it is slow cooker dishes. If you like my blog it would be great if you followed me back. Have a good week.

  11. These look wonderful and I love anything with peanut butter, although now have to look for substitution as my hubby has a sensitivity. thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

  12. Stumbled upon your lovely blog and recipe. It was Fantastic!! I made these for a superbowl party and they were amazingly-delicious. I cut them into bite sized pieces. Someone at the party even recommended to my husband he had to give them a try, he was pretty proud to tell them his wife made them :) We couldn't stop eating them!

    These will be my new signature treat to bring to a get together, thanks!!


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