Crazy for Crust

Sep 23

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

This post is sponsored by Nestlé® Toll House® Morsels, the perfect special ingredient for all of your family’s favorite treats!

Growing up, baking was something that my mom and I did together. In fact, my love of all things chocolate came from her.  Of course, when I had Jordan, I was so excited because now I could have a little helper in the kitchen too.

Too bad I am waaaaay to anal to have a kid in the kitchen with me.

Jordan sees me baking all the time. In fact, after dinner, she always asks for the treat I made that day. {God forbid I don’t bake one day. She looks at me like I have two heads. Then she sighs and heads off to her candy bucket in the pantry.}

Occasionally she watches me bake. And sometimes, if the stars align right, she wants to help. {And by help, I mean actually help…not just make a bigger mess.}

This recipe was one of those times. The nice folks at Nestle were nice enough to send us a baking kit for an afternoon of baking as a family. I think the new “toys” were just what she needed to get Jordan into the kitchen with me.

I must say, I am kind of stoked to have these measuring cups and spoons. There is a 1/8 cup and a 1/2 tablespoon. Can we pretend I didn’t do a little dance when I saw those?

I looked through all my recipes and gave Jordan a few choices. She chose these bars.

Good choice, kid. I taught you well.

I wasn’t lying when I said she helped out with these. She basically did all of it herself. That spatula is especially cool because it fit her hands perfectly.

She even got to sneak a chocolate chip or seven while she thought I wasn’t looking.

Seriously, the kid of a food blogger. She never sees the camera, even when it’s pointed at her.

She really enjoyed getting her hands dirty. To her, clean hands come from licking. She watches our animals too much.

I let her decide: 1 cup of chocolate chips or the whole bag? She chose the whole bag. *Shocker*

These bars are sweet and soft and delicious. Chocolate to the extreme!

I think she was happy because she didn’t have to clean the dishes. That’s one thing I’m reeealllly too anal to let her do. Also? I value my mixing bowls.

These bars are really good. And made even better by an afternoon spent with my kid. A win-win, if you ask me!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

Adapted from Cookies & Bars (September 2003)


    For the crust and topping:
  • 2 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • For the filling:
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package Nestle Toll House Morsels
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all crust and topping ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until crumbly (you may need to use your hands to finish this step). Reserve 2 cups of the mixture and press the rest into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Mix sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla in a small bowl with a hand mixer. Pour and spread over crust. Top evenly with chocolate chips and nuts if using. Press remaining crust mixture evenly over the top of the chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until it is brown around the edges. The center will not be set. Let completely cool before cutting into bars.

Thanks for reading!

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{This post was sponsored by Nestle but all opinions are 100% my own.}

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54 Responses to “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on September 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm (#)

    Your helper looks so happy. Love it and love the bars!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you! They were too good. :)


  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm (#)

    These look delicious!!! And it’s so sweet how your daughter helped (and/or did most/all of it :P)!


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm (#)

    How did you know that I may have had the most ridiculous craving for choc + PB + oats all rolled into one – love this one! I love your little kitchen helper, too :)


  4. Ala posted on September 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm (#)

    Can you lend her out for an afternoon to help out in my kitchen? If I had a sous-chef like yours, I’d be in the kitchen all the time! And what a yummy, simple recipe!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Oh, she’s not always that way. Ha! :) Thanks Ala!


  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on September 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm (#)

    Awww what a sweet post! Love her helping out!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks Aimee. It was a nice afternoon. Wish it was always that way! 😉


  6. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on September 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm (#)

    Nom Nom. These pictures of her baking are priceless.

    And WHAT is with not having a 1/2 Tbsp measure??


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I know, huh???? Thanks Katie!


  7. Kristin posted on September 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm (#)

    My mouth just started watering.
    If I came to visit you and there was no freshly baked treat, I’d sigh and head for the candy bucket too.
    (How do you NOT raid her candy stash while she’s at school???)


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      LOL! Well, until recently, it was full of chewy stuff I don’t like. But now that she can’t eat that stuff (braces) it’s getting to be more chocolate. We’re going to have a problem after Halloween!


  8. Amanda posted on September 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm (#)

    Those measuring cups/spoons are great! Any idea on where one could find them? Mine are in serious need of an upgrade!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      I don’t remember (I threw away the packaging, d’oh!) but I’ve emailed Foodbuzz to ask! :)


  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on September 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm (#)

    so exciting jordan helped you out Dorothy!!! sometimes I wish I had a little helper like her. :) You know I love oats + pb + chocolate. these bars have my name written all over them! a wonderful combination!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Yes, I totally love her helping…when she’s in the mood. LOL! Thanks Sally!


  10. Heather @French Press posted on September 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm (#)

    what a fantastic way to spend the afternoon:) she is TOO cute!


  11. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on September 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm (#)

    Such a cute helper in the kitchen!! And you got the logo to work–yay!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I know, thank goodness! Thanks for your help Ashley! :)


  12. Kimiko posted on September 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm (#)

    Ooooh, my fiancé would LOVE these!!! :)


  13. cindy posted on September 24, 2012 at 12:14 am (#)

    These look delicious–made sweeter by a sweet little gal.


  14. Janine ( posted on September 24, 2012 at 5:20 am (#)

    Mmmm… I love oatmeal and chocolate chips together. Pinning these to try instead of brownies the next time I want a bar to bake!


  15. Robyn posted on September 24, 2012 at 5:21 am (#)

    Yea for spending time in the kitchen with Jordan! What a fun looking baking kit/set, so colorful! These bars look like they would go over good at my house … pinning them.


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for the pin! :) They went over really well here!


  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:00 am (#)

    What a sweet post! She is so cute and serious making sure it’s done just right:-) My kids love to help in the kitchen too…I think stealing chocolate chips is exactly why!!! Glad she chose to use the whole bag…you have taught her well!


  17. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:12 am (#)

    Yay! What a cutie little helper. And hey, who says taking a cue from Ginger is a bad thing? That’s perfectly good dough bits on her hands :) BTW, I totally love oatmeal and pb and choc together so if you want to get some bars off your hands…. you know where I live, stalker!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Ha! There are a ton in my freezer just calling your name…


  18. Susan posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:39 am (#)

    Wow! I just had a flashback to my childhood seeing your little one baking. I remember that smile and confidence that came when my mama let me “take the reins” in the kitchen. I love that you’re a teaching mother (Big Smile:-D) XOXO


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 24th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Well I am…sometimes. LOL! Thanks so much!


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  20. Kristi@My San Francisco Kitchen posted on September 24, 2012 at 9:43 am (#)

    These bars look wonderful! I love the combo of chocolate & peanut butter.


  21. The Newlywed Chefs posted on September 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm (#)

    Yum! I bet the oats give this recipe a great texture. Love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate, too!


  22. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on September 25, 2012 at 4:04 am (#)

    I don’t think there is a single recipe you’ve ever posted that I haven’t wanted to devour. Another one for my pin board!


  23. Karly posted on September 25, 2012 at 7:31 am (#)

    Your little helper is just adorable! Think she’d share some of those bars with me?


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 25th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Hmmm…you might have to fight her for them. 😉


  24. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on September 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm (#)

    Yum! These look so good! Love this combination all whipped up in one delicious bar! Your helper is adorable! :)


  25. Loy posted on September 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm (#)

    Cute little helper you have there. If it contains oatmeal, it is good for your, right? I will have to try these soon. Thanks for sharing.


  26. madge | the vegetarian casserole queen posted on September 29, 2012 at 4:39 am (#)

    Its like the three best cookies rolled into one.

    And I’m with you on the too anal thing with kids in the kitchen. But this also spills into other things in my life, too! Trying to let go…

    Thanks for sharing!


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 30th, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Oh, me too! It’s so hard. Thanks so much!


  27. Debra posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:09 am (#)

    yummy bars, cute helper, thank you


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  30. lisa g. posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm (#)

    Wow those look so good n moist. Ive been looking for the yummiest PB choc chip oat bars and baking recipes im not satisfied with. Then I found your recipe! Tell me please, is tne condensed milk over powering with sweetness? Thanks!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 12th, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I don’t find it that way! But, I like things sweet. If you’re someone who finds normal desserts too sweet, then it may be for you!


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