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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crumble Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crumble BarsOatmeal peanut butter cookie bar with a layer of gooey chocolate-peanut butter fudge and crumb topping. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Crumble Bars.

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup butter - divided use
1/2 cup peanuts
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal - divided use
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.

Combine semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Stir in peanuts; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup softened butter, eggs, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until well-mixed. Reduce the speed to low and add flour, 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal, baking soda, and salt. Continue beating until well blended then stir in 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of mixture then press the remainder onto the bottom of prepared pan.

Spread chocolate mixture on top of the flour mixture. Crumble the reserved flour mixture on top evenly.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool then refrigerate until firm before cutting into bars.

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