Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

contributed by Laura Thompson

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I actually used about 3/4 of a cup)

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour (I added 1/4 cup flour to compensate for altitude)

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 tbs ground cinnamon (this wasn’t in the recipe, I just added it because I thought it sounded good)

ICING:

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I used about 2 and 1/2 tbs)

2 tablespoons milk (I used a little more)

 Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars and peanut butter.

Add egg and vanilla; mix well.

Combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture.

Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan.

Sprinkle with chocolate chips. (I pressed the chocolate chips into the bars slightly before putting in the oven)

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. (I baked at 325 for 25 minutes and they were PERFECT)

Cool 10 minutes.

Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over bars.  (I combined icing ingredients and then put in a ziploc bag, snipped the corner, and piped the frosting on. It is SO GOOD)

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