Great to Eat While You Watch Others Sweat On Stage

I mysteriously got sucked into So You Think You Can Dance this summer. First, we went to Bethany and Ryan’s and watched it there, where Bethany got us up to speed on which dancers we should like and which ones we should boo. Then we saw part of an episode at the Lauritzens. A week or two later, we watched an episode with Brian and Ralphie and I suddenly found myself caring deeply who won.

So, on Wednesday night, we invited ourselves over to Brian and Ralphie’s to watch the second to last week of performances. And to make up for being so rude, I brought along these Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat bars.

They were incredibly easy to toss together and they were delightful, although not as rich or sweet as I’d expected (although I am certain the calorie count would beg to differ). I’m sure I’ll make them again in the future because 1) easy, 2) things I have around, 3) yum.

Also, the cookie part is surprisingly soft – I expected it to be a bit more crispy or dense. Also, if you look at the original recipe, you’ll notice that I halved the recipe for the bars, but kept the same amount of chocolate frosting. That’s just how I am. It was not at all too much frosting.

Oatmeal Bars:
1/4 cup butter

1/6 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/8 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal

Peanut Butter layer:
1/4-1/3 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)

Chocolate Frosting:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add sugars, vanilla, eggs, milk, salt, soda, flour and oatmeal. Press mixture into greased 6 by 9 and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until puffed and browned.

Let the bars cool for a few minutes and then peanut butter on top. If you do it right away, it kind of squishes the bars. And I don’t like squished bars.

After the bars have cooled for 10 minutes or so, combine butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until butter is melted. Stir in cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Spread gently on the top of the bars.

On the way home, I voted nearly 100 times. I’m so lame.

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  • Reply Prudy August 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Yeah-Glad you made them and glad you liked them. I know what you mean about the chocolate-too much is never enough.

  • Reply diana banana August 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    the real question is who did you vote for???

  • Reply Kristi August 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Dude, you can come watch it at my house if you bring a treat :). Those sound SO good. Blaine is doing weight watchers and the other day I figured out how many “points” were in the sheet cake. Just so you know, I get 20 points a day total and the sheet cake had over 75 points in just butter (to say nothing of the sugar, etc.). Crazy!

  • Reply Tristen August 3, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I want to know who you voted for as well!? I love that show…wasn’t a big fan until this season and I really like it now!

  • Reply Melanie August 3, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I’m totally sucked in to SYTYCD as well. I’m really happy with the final 4; this week’s finale will be really interesting.

    You guys know Ryan and Bethany?! What a small Mormon world. Bethany and I were neighbors at Liberty Square years ago.

  • Reply Kristy August 4, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Yeah, who did you vote for? It’s such a hard call.

  • Reply Metalia August 4, 2008 at 1:20 am

    I also got sucked into SYTYCD this summer; my money’s on Katie to win. 🙂

  • Reply Bethany August 4, 2008 at 1:47 am

    oh my heck.I am deeply troubled tat Chelsea and Will are gone. I like all of the other dancers, but I just loved watching those two. RGGGG! I’m glad you watch!

  • Reply Angella August 4, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I am SO SAD that we cannot vote in Canada.

    That recipe may just make up for it though…

  • Reply One Smart Cookie August 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I too am anxious to know who you voted for!

  • Reply Katie August 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Jeez, give the people what they want!

    Who are you voting for?

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