Saturday, December 15, 2007

Peanut Brittle Oatmeal Bars

Tony loves peanut brittle so when I saw this recipe, I knew I simply had to make it for him. I had high hopes for it and was NOT disappointed at ALL. What a great use for any peanut brittle you have lying around!

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
2 cups regular or quick cooking oats
1 1/4 cups crushed peanut brittle
8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan; grease foil. Set baking pan aside. Beat butter and 1/2 cup of peanut butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium till well combined. Add sugars, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in oats and 1/2 cup of peanut brittle. Press dough on bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Center will not appear set; bars sink as they cool. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Heat and stir white baking chocolate and remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat until mixture is melted and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled mixture in pan. Sprinkle with remaining peanut brittle. Chill bars for about 30 minutes or until chocolate mixture is nearly set. Use foil to lift baked mixture from pan. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Cake Mix Frosting