Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall Baking has begun!


My mom turned me on to the wonderful world of Penzeys Spices.  For some time, I hadn't been impressed with the quality of spices I was buying in the store, and I knew how she always looked forward to her Penzeys Spice shipment.  So, earlier this year I asked her to order a couple of spices for me the next time she ordered.  I have been hooked ever since.  

Penzey's Spices is a great Wisconsin based company that offers a huge assortment of quality spices.  I have so many new spices that I look forward to trying.  I have also found another bonus of being a Penzey's shopper is their catalog.  Yes, you can order online as you can with most companies today, but they also send a hard copy catalog, periodically, that is full of idea's, pictures, and....  Recipes!!! I hadn't paid much attention to the recipes until the Fall 2011 issue.  I was really craving sweets the day I was reviewing the catalog, as I hadn't baked in some time.  I stumbled across a recipe for Oatmeal Chip Bars.  The next weekend, I made them for my first time.  I wasn't sure if they really were that "out of this world", or if we were that over due for a baked yummy treat.  We decided that they really were that good!  

Today, I made the second batch of these bars.  I did make a couple of changes.  When I had first told my mom about how good these were, she didn't want to make them because of the amount of butter, but wondered about substituting in some peanut butter.   I made that change, as well as omitted adding butterscotch chips, since I never seem to have those on hand.  I hope this pan doesn't disappear as quickly as the first pan did!!

Oatmeal Chip Bars

1/2 c. Butter
1/2 c. Peanut Butter
1 1/4 c. Brown Sugar ( I used 1/2 dark, and 1/2 light)
3/4 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 c. oats (quick cooking or regular)
2 c. miniature chocolate chips

Preheat over to 375.  In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Fold in the oats and chocolate chips.  Spread in a greased 10 x 15 rimmed metal pan, using a spatula or your hands to press into place.  Bake for 20 minutes at 375.  Cool, but cut the bars while still warm, as a knife will go through them more easily.

Enjoy! ! !

1 comment:

  1. These look SO good! I am going to make some right now! I am so tired of working on the winter fair posters I need to stop and make cookies.