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These irresistible “everything” chocolate peanut butter ooey gooey bars have something everyone will love: peanut butter, caramel, melted chocolate, oats and cream cheese.
When we say that there’s everything in these bars, we really do mean everything! With all of these crazy delicious flavors, these chocolate peanut butter ooey gooey bars are the real deal. And if you’ve thought before that all of those flavors are too strong to be together, well, you’re just like me! But somehow, magically, these flavors came together and worked beautifully with each other.
Take a bite into these delicious bars and what do you get? The rich peanut butter and chocolate flavor, followed by a caramel…cheesecake sort of vibe. And all of that within the soft, chewy oat texture that is not just the crust, but also the topping on these ooey gooey bars. What seemed like a delicious disaster turned out to be quite the masterpiece, didn’t it?
We got this recipe from an old kids cookbook that we’ve had for years. The recipe had said to put just plain chocolate chips on top before you bake it. So, being obedient bakers, that’s what we did. Unfortunately, those bars didn’t turn out the way we wanted them. The chocolate chips didn’t melt in and just kind of all fell off the bars. What good is chocolate if it falls off your ooey gooey bar before it hits your mouth? A good different, but definitely a flavor combination that we were not used to.
We could have just scrapped the recipe, but I’m glad we didn’t. I mean after all, this is chocolate and peanut butter. They’re worth another shot, right?
The second time we made them, melted chocolate chips into warm heavy cream to make a chocolate ganache that we could drizzle in a thick glaze overtop the ooey gooey bars. Brilliant. It worked like a charm. That extra boost of chocolate brought the peanut butter, caramel and cream cheese flavors together beautifully.
I’m so glad we gave them another chance. They ended up being one of my favorite dessert bars yet!
Confession: I ate WAY too many of these! They were so delicious…
Let’s just say they disappeared quickly, and that was mostly my fault. Oops. Heed my warning, readers! If you’re gonna make these…beware. These are just one of the dangers of being a baker. 😉