Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day 5: Mock Baby Ruth Bars

These delicious bars have been a Christmas classic in my parents' house for as long as I can remember. Christmas just wouldn't have been the same without them. When Will and I got married and we spent Christmas in Wisconsin for the first time, he had the opportunity to try my mom's Mock Baby Ruth Bars. He was pretty cranked about the idea to begin with, since this recipe contains chocolate and peanut butter, but I don't even think Will was prepared for the cravings that followed his first bite! Every year in December, he will hang around the kitchen and casually say "so when are you making the chocolate peanut bars?" Trust me, it's a winner every time. Thanks for passing along the recipe, Mom!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups "quick" Quaker Oats
1 pkg milk chocolate chips
1/2 pkg butterscotch chips
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup salted Spanish peanuts


Directions:

1. Combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Melt together in microwave until smooth.
3. Stir in crunchy peanut butter and vanilla.
4. In a large bowl, add the Quaker Oats.
5. Pour the melted mixture into the bowl with the oats, mix together, and press into a greased cake pan.

 6. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove, and let cool.
7. In a large bowl, add the chocolate and butterscotch chips, smooth peanut butter and peanuts.
8. Melt in the microwave until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.

9. Pour over the top of the crust, and let cool at room temperature. Cut into squares and serve.

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