The always perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate come together in this most delicious bar cookie recipe, given to me by a good friend. It’s a favorite after school treat for the boys. Served with a glass of cold milk, it’s easily the perfect classic and humble American treat.


  • 1 cup butter (2 cubes, at room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add butter, sugars, and peanut butter into a large mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add in flour, oats, baking soda, and salt and beat until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread dough evenly into a large rimmed baking sheet (also known as a jelly roll pan). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown and puffed all over. Remove from oven and cool until warm.
  Slice into bars and serve warm or at room temperature, with an ice-cold glass of milk.


For a delicious dessert treat, top warm bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with warm chocolate sauce.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.