Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

I love these bars cookies, not only are they a hit with family and friends but they are quick and easy to make. Who doesn't love the combination of chocolate chips and peanut butter. If you are not a baker these beauties are a good first cookie to try and I know that you will make them over and over again. Don't wait until Christmas make them for any occasion. I was so happy to have my daughter Mandi to bake these with me!

2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
1 beaten egg
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven 350F

Combine oats, brown sugar, four, baking powder, soda in a very large mining bowl. Cut in butter til crumbly. Stir in chopped peanuts
Combine 1 3/4 cups of crumb mixture with chocolate pieces and set aside. Stir egg into remain mixture: press int a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes.
Stir together sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter until well blended. Carefully pour peanut butter mixture evenly over baked cookie layer. Sprinkle with chocolate crumb mixture
Return pan to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes more until edges are golden.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 48 .



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