Saturday, June 21, 2008

Chewey Peanut Butter Bars

Broken cookies don't have calories.
Author Unknown

The temperatures in our part of the country have risen to over 100 degrees F the past few days. If you'd like a chocolatey peanut butter treat without heating up your kitchen, cook these microwave cookies.

Chewey Peanut Butter Bars are classified as bar cookies and microwave cookies.

2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Maple Flavor
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Chocolate Extract
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract

Combine oats and butter in a large glass mixing bowl. Microwave on high, uncovered, 4 1/2 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring twice. (Cooking times vary due to power of microwave. Newer microwaves cook food in less time so use care when cooking.)

Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and Maple Flavor. Microwave on high, uncovered, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until bubbly throughout and sugar is dissolved, stirring twice. Turn hot mixture into greased 10 x 6 inch glass baking dish. Press evenly into dish with fork. Sprinkle chips on warm bars; let stand for 5 minutes.

Combine 1/4 cup peanut butter, Chocolate and Vanilla Extracts; mix well. Drop by teaspoonsful onto warm bars. Let stand a few minutes to soften. Spread with back of spoon, mixing with softened chocolate pieces while spteading.

Refrigerate just until frosting is set. Cut into bars while base is still slightly warm.

Makes 28 bars.

Cut bar cookies into squares, rectangles, or triangles.

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