Candy Bar Cookies – Better Than Reeces Peanut Butter Cups


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 t salt
  • 4 cups raw quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a baking pan with oil or line with parchment paper
  3. With a spoon or electric mixer on medium speed, mix the brown sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the corn syrup, vanilla, salt and rolled oats and beat on low speed to mix ingredients well.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan with the back of a spoon or spatula. For a 13″ x 9″ pan bake on the rack in the center of the oven 15 minutes – add 5 minutes for smaller 11″ x 7″ pan.
  6. While the mixture bakes, mix the peanut butter and chocolate in a small bowl – microwave to melt the chocolate
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool
  8. Spread the melted peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the top
  9. Cut into 27 bars and remove from the pan with a spatula.

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When I was 8 years old, I received the cookbook “Let’s Start to Cook” by Nell B. Nichols as a birthday present. I discovered this recipe in it and made it so much the page came out of the cookbook and (I thought) it was lost forever. Several years ago, I discovered Amazon’s used book section of the website and found another copy!!!

Here’s the link to the cookbook on Amazon: Let’s Start to Cook

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