Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

by Darla

Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars from BakingdomI spent the other morning trying to explain to a very nice Dutch man (seriously…one of the nicest people I’ve met here, so far) the difference between a dialect and an accent.

I’m pretty sure I failed.

He was very confused that Americans from different parts of the U.S. sound different from one another (a Texan and a Bostonian, for example…carrrr vs. cah), but that they have no trouble understanding one another. Because they just have different accents.

“How do they speak differently and still understand each other?”

“Well, they don’t speak differently, exactly, they just sound different from each other.”

He smiled and nodded.

He informed me that the people living in the northern part of the Netherlands cannot understand the people living in the south, and vice versa. Even though they all speak Dutch. Because they are different Dutch…es. They’re different dialects. When I asked him how they talk to one another he replied, “We speak real Dutch.”

I smiled and nodded.

I think it’s safe to say that we both thoroughly confused each other.

It got me thinking about other things that go together, but aren’t always together. Namely, desserts. Duh.

You know that day when you want something for dessert, but then you also want something else? You want them both, but…I mean, seriously, who has two desserts as one?

Well, we do.

Listen, this is a judgment free zone, my friends. If you want cake and pie, you get cake and pie. You want brownies and chocolate chip cookies? You got it, sweetheart. Cheesecake and beer? I’ve got you covered (oh, c’mon! Beer is dessert…we all know it).

Two different kinds of cookies? Both with peanut buttery yumminess?

As you wish.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Bars from BakingdomNo-bake chocolaty, peanut butter-oatmeal cookies on top. You know the ones. We’ve all had them. We all love them. They’re like crack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars from BakingdomSoft, chewy peanut butter chocolate chip bars on the bottom.  Without or without the no-bakes on top, these are a must-make. They’re so fast and easy, and they’re full of ingredients you probably always have in your pantry.

Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Bars from BakingdomPut ‘em together for a peanut butter party. And everyone’s invited!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars
Makes one 9×13-inch pan

**I used my peanut butter cookie and no-bake cookie recipes for these. I have included them here, but if you already have a favorite of your own, they should sub in perfectly.

Ingredients

FOR THE BOTTOM COOKIE LAYER
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (add and extra 1/4 teaspoon for vegan)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened (margarine for vegan)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg (1/4 cup applesauce for vegan)
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
1 cup peanut butter chips, optional

FOR THE TOP NO-BAKE LAYER
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk or soy milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick oats

To make the cookie bar layer: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat in the egg (or applesauce) until combined. Add the peanut butter and beat until well mixed. Stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture a half cup at a time until combined. Stir in the chips, if using.

Spread the batter into a 9×13-inch pan, pressing it out evenly and into the corners, and bake for 18 minutes to 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding the no-bake layer.

To make the no-bake layer: In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for a minute to a minute and a half. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Once the peanut butter is melted and combined, add the oats and mix well. Once combined, immediately pour the mixture onto the cooled peanut butter bars, and spread evenly over the bars.

Allow to set up for at least an hour before cutting and serving.

Recipe by Darla

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1 Electrofairy October 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

We’ve got that in Germany, too. We have our language (german) and many different dialects, like bavarian, those from Berlin, schwäbisch etc. I would truly never understand someone from Bavaria… I just can hope that he/she would be able to speak “high”-german :)

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2 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch October 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I must have these!!! They remind me so much of some no-bake cookies that my mother made since I was a little girl and I still sometimes like to make. But I love how you’ve incorporated these yummy ingredients into this great looking bar!!!

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3 Vicki @ WITK October 9, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Dialect vs accent is certainly a difficult thing to explain! I don’t know how I would have explained it either! Thank you for these bars, chocolate and peanut butter is my faaaaavorite!

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4 Karlijn October 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Haha such a funny story! I am Dutch myself and what the guy is saying is true though. In the southern part of the Netherlands they speak a dialect that is sometimes more close to German than to Dutch. They really made up their own language :) But these people always speak normal Dutch too and mostly only speak their dialect to people who are from the same region. When they speak normal Dutch you can hear a very strong accent though.

(When I read my own comment back it still sounds very difficult haha)

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5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Hahaha I had a similar conversation with a Swiss man when I lived in Switzerland…smile and nod was my go-to! I love the look of these bars – so fabulous!

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6 Gemma October 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Chocolate…oatmeal…peanut butter….such a delicious combination! =)
Your recipes are always great!
Cheers from Spain Darla!

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7 sara October 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm

This looks amazing – YUM!!

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8 Cecily October 10, 2013 at 4:13 am

I think I’m in love. My two favorite cookies in one!

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9 Janna October 10, 2013 at 4:36 am

I came across these on Pinterest this afternoon and decided to give them a go using homemade peanut butter. Quite good! And my house smells wonderful. :) Thanks for the keeper!

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10 Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker October 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

I’m not sure if the Princess Bride reference was intentional, but if it was it has my acknowledgement and appreciation. That aside, these look great and I love the fact that they can be customized.

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11 Heather October 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hi Darla,

What size pan do you use?

Thanks! :)

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12 Heather October 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

9×13….I see it now! ;)

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13 Elise October 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

The ‘real’ Dutch he was talking about is ABN: algemeen beschaafd Nederlands (literally: general civilized Dutch). The Dutch in the south and north (sometimes east) differs so much that they can’t understand each other in dialect, but they do when speaking ABN. In the west, most people speak ABN, but there are little differences in pronunciation between some cities, which is called an accent. Of course there are also small differences in Fries (the dialect which they speak in Friesland) and the other dialects between towns where they speak that dialect. Hope this clears it up a bit :) (You may say so when you still don’t understand it ;)

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14 Renee @ Awesome on $20 October 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Technically, if you ask a linguist, a dialect is a variation of a given language, different pronunciations of Dutch within or English, by native speakers. An accent is the influence of one language on another. For example, you speak Dutch with an English accent. This sort of thing is why I’m a Ravenclaw! These cookie bars sound great. Why wouldn’t you mix two awesome desserts together? Genius!

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15 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers October 11, 2013 at 11:59 pm

My husband person requires me to make these.

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16 Andrea R October 24, 2013 at 4:08 am

How did I miss these? Yum!

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