Saturday, August 1, 2009

Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars

These babies are SO good, but they are pretty rich, so I cut them pretty small. My husband and I went on a picnic with 3 other couples a couple of months ago and I was in charge of the dessert. Surprise, surprise!!! They guys LOVED them. They couldn't stop raving about them and kept telling me I should sell them.

I love the soft, creamy, chocolatey filling in these bars! Of course, anything with chocolate and peanut butter is amazing in my book! Plus, I love Reese's Pieces. These are the ultimate chocolate/peanut butter bar. They are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars

¾ c. butter, softened
¾ c. creamy peanut butter
2 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ½ c. quick rolled oats
2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. mini Reese’s Pieces

½ c. butter
2/3 c. Hershey’s cocoa
1/3 c. sugar
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

For bars: Beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat thoroughly.

Stir together oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. (Dough will be thick.) Remove 2 c. dough; set aside. Press remaining dough onto bottom of 9 x 13 pan.

Prepare chocolate filling by melting ½ c. butter. Stir n cocoa and 1/3 c. sugar. Add sweetened condensed milk; cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick. Remove from heat; stir in 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract. Spread filling evenly over dough. Sprinkle candy pieces evenly over filling. Crumble reserved dough on top.

Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. (Chocolate will be soft.) Cool completely in pan on wire rack; cut into bars.

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