The Great Indoors: Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Is there anything good about this winter not wanting to end? An outdoor Easter egg hunt next week doesn’t look like a good idea, it’s hard to imagine we’ll be playing any rounds of golf anytime soon, and lazy days at the lake seem as far away as ever. Now that I’ve depressed all of us, let’s try and look on the bright side. There are no mosquitoes and there’s still time to enjoy warm, gooey comfort desserts that seem tastiest on blustery days.

Hannah Johnson is the host of Concordia College’s Cooking show and also a reporter at KVRR-TV. We wanted to get her off campus to share some of her favorite recipes.This one just happens to be one of those sweet concoctions that seem best suited for cold days. Johnson says her grandmother makes these Peanut Butter Oat Bars. She says she and her family enjoy them every year and they’re really easy to make. If we must endure winter in March at least we can make it a little sweeter.

Peanut Butter Oat Bars:

2/3 cup butter melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp vanilla
4 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

1 cup milk chocolate chips (Hannah prefers milk chocolate. Tracy votes semi-sweet).
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup peanut butter

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla: gradually add the oatmeal. Press into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake 400 degrees for 12 – 14 min or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, for topping, melt chips and peanut butter in micro or saucepan. Stir until blended. Spread over warm bars. Cool completely; refrigerate for 2-3 hours before cutting.