Easy Peanut Butter Dream Bars

This old fashioned Amish recipe for Peanut Butter Dream Bars is a favorite for family gatherings and Christmas cookie trays. 

Earthy oat crumbles taste paired with a creamy peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk filling is gooey and amazing! The chocolate chips on top only make these dessert bars better.

Close up warm and gooey peanut butter filling oozing out of oatmeal layers with chocolate chips on top

If you enjoy this recipe you may also like our Nutty Buddy Pie.

Peanut Butter Dream Bars Recipe 

Sweet and gooey with that classic peanut butter taste it’s hard to eat just one cookie bar! Adding chocolate chips to the top layer of oatmeal is genius.

It seems to me that recipes with sweetened condensed milk like our Eagle Brand Magic Cookie Bars, Cake Bites, and Pumpkin with with Sweetened Condensed Milk are popular desserts. There’s just something dreamy about the filling that sweetened condensed milk makes when mixed with another flavored ingredient. 

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I’m a sucker for for a sweet oatmeal crumble in desserts and these bars keep my hand in the cookie jar every time we make them.

Generous peanut butter dream bar with warm chocolate chips on top of an Amish dessert of oats, peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk bar

Pantry basics make a great variation to other peanut butter and chocolate desserts like Oreo Peanut Butter Pie and Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Old-fashioned oats – also called rolled oats
  • Light brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Peanut butter – creamy works best
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Chocolate chips – I like semi-sweet, but milk chocolate works fine too
Metal baking pan with a big piece of the Amish dessert peanut butter dream bars

How To Make Amish Peanut Butter Dream Bars

In a large mixing bowl fold together rolled oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and melted butter.

Spatula in a mixing bowl of old-fashioned oats, butter, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda in a metal mixing bowl

This mixture is easy to mix up by hand, just be sure there’s plenty of space in a large or extra large bowl.

Set aside three cups of this mixture.

Sweet oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and butter mixture

Press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased jelly roll pan.

In a medium sized mixing bowl use a silicone spatula to stir together creamy peanut butter and both cans of sweetened condensed milk.

Pour over the oatmeal mixture that’s been pressed in the pan.

Creamy peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk filling poured on top of sweet oatmeal mixture

Use the spatula to smooth it all out.

Crumble the remaining half of the oatmeal and brown sugar mixture on top.

Take care to press a little to even out, but not too hard as the pan will be very full and you don’t want to displace the filling in the center.

Jelly roll pan with layers of oatmeal mixture and sweet peanut butter filling with chocolate chips on top

Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. The pan will still jiggle because of the filling, but a toothpick will be mostly clean when inserted in the center.

Allow cookie bars to cool a bit before cutting and serving.

Store wrapped tightly or in an air tight container for up to 3 to 4 days. Bars are better fresh than frozen because of the filling.

Recipe Tips

  • This makes a really big batch of bar cookies – recipe can be cut in half and baked in a square 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 9″ pan.
  • Do not substitute evaporated milk or any other type of milk for sweetened condensed milk.
  • Crunchy peanut butter can be used, but the smooth and creamy peanut butter works best in the filling.
  • A jelly roll pan is a smaller baking sheet that is typically 15 inches by 10 inches by 1 inch deep.
Golden brown topping of Chocolate and oatmeal on peanut butter dream bars

We like to serve these with our old-fashioned Hot Chicken Casserole recipe.

More Easy Dessert Bar Recipes

Easy Churro Cheesecake Bars are super popular on Pinterest and use crescent dough to make a quick and impressive dessert.

Pecan Pie Surprise Bars also have a gooey filling and taste similar to a classic pecan pie.

Easy Buckeye Bars have a layer of chocolate on top of a super sweet peanut butter mixture.

Mini Cheesecake DIY Dessert Bar is also great for parties and crowds.

Close up peanut butter dream bar with layers of sweet oat cookie and sweet and creamy peanut butter filling

Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Servings 40 bars
This old fashioned Amish recipe for Peanut Butter Dream Bars is a favorite for family gatherings and Christmas cookie trays. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

Crumbs

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups butter melted

Filling

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • reserved crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a jelly roll pan that is 15" x 10" x 1" with non-stick cooking spray.

Crumbs

  • In a large bowl mix together oats, brown sugar, flour, salt, baking soda and melted butter.
  • Set aside 3 cups of the mixture. Press remaining crumbs in a jelly roll pan.

Peanut Butter Filling

  • In a medium mixing bowl stir together peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Pour over the crust

Topping

  • Take reserved oat mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Sprinkle over peanut butter layer. Bake for 20 minutes until edges and top begin to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 222mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 299IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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