No Bake Oatmeal Bars

No Bake Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup 55% Indian Dark Couverture chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
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    Method 

  • Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Overhangs the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the baking dish. (You can use a 9x13-inch if you want thinner bars.)
  • Melt butter and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Mix in the oats.
  • Cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended.
  • Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down. Reserve the other half for the second layer.
  • To make the filling, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chunks together in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir until it’s smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, reserving about 1/4 cup for drizzling and spread evenly.
  • Pour the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently and drizzle with the remaining chocolate mixture.
  • Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.
  • Note: Like any no-bake cookie, the final texture of these really depends on how long you boil the sugar mixture. If it doesn't boil long enough, the cookie/bars mixture will be too soft, if you boil too long, they could turn out dry and crumbly.

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