Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal Bars and Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars in one pan

I made two different types of Oatmeal Bars in one pan to take to my son's house, before Scott's surgery.  One is Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal for my PB loving DIL, Cherise, and the other Oatmeal Strawberry Jam for my son, Todd, that doesn't like chocolate. I know that they don't eat a lot sweets, so I didn't want to make a pan of each kind  for them, so I made both kinds in one pan.  I made doubly sure that none of the Reese's PB cups, would melt int the jam side of the pan.

Reese's PB cups on the left, and Strawberry jam on the right. I even made a subtle line down the middle, so the PB cups and jam wouldn't run together.

 I used the Strawberry Lime Cardamon Jam, that Gina, SP Cookie Queen had sent to me for the Jam in the Oatmeal bars.The jam was outstanding.  My son loved them. and ate two of them in one sitting, and he really doesn't eat that many sweets. Thank you, Gina, so much for the jam.

 My DIl, Cherise, loved her Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal Bars, as well, and they weren't over the top too sweet. Success! A chocolate lover and non-chocolate liker can exist in one pan, and one household.

To make these yummy bars, I put 2/3 of the oatmeal cookie dough base in the bottom of a  9x9 pan made a subtle line down the middle. On one side I placed  about 1 cup of Reese's PB Cups, chopped, and on the other side I spread 1/2 -3/4 cup of Strawberry Lime Cardamon Jam. I put a little extra cookie dough between the jam and the PB cups to ensure that the chocolate and jam didn't run together.  Then I crumbled the remaining cookie dough over the tops of the PB cups and Strawberry Jam.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until browned.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Jam Oatmeal Bars Inspired by Joy of Baking
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. . Butter (or use a non stick cooking spray) a 9 x 9 inch pan

1/2 c. butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt  I didn’t add
2 c. old fashioned rolled oats, divided

1 cup strawberry jam ( homemade or store bought)
1 c. chopped mini Reese’s Peanut butter cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9x9 pan with cooking spray

Combine oats, flour, and baking soda; mix well.  In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract.  Beat until well mixed.

Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Stir in 1 3/4 cups of the oats. Press 1 3/4 cups of the cookie dough in prepared pan.

Spread jam over half of the pan, and spread chopped, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups over the other half of the cookie dough in the pan. Add the remaining 1/4cup oats to the remaining dough. Crumble the oat mixture over the top of the jam and PB cups.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes until browned.  Remove to rack to cool.

l inked up my recipe to Brandie@The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck #73
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  1. Oh boy my OCD "foodcanttouchotherfoods" side is cringing lol! I love the reese's side of these, nomnomnommm

    1. Kayle,
      The chocolate side didn't touch the the jam side, believe me, otherwise my non-chocolate son, would not have eaten the jam side. I made doubly sure that wouldn't happen:)

  2. Great job, those sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    1. Eric,
      Thanks! We all have to multitask sometimes.

  3. These bars have everything super delicious in them :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      There is something for everyone in these bars, and a little bit healthy, besides.

  4. Oh my, these sound lovely! Making them soon :)

  5. love how you made two bars in one pan! both sound awesome :)

    1. Sarah,
      baking two different bars is multitasking to the max! Fewer dishes to wash!

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