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Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars


3 Hr. 30 Min.
25 Min.
26 Min.
Skill Level:
24 bars

This Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars recipe is the ultimate after-school treat or party dessert! It is a fun and delightfully sweet peanut butter oatmeal cookie bar packed with colorful REESE'S PIECES Candies. Plus, the layer of creamy chocolate filling is a pleasant surprise when you bite into it. Finishing them off with even more REESE'S PIECES gives each square its distinctive polka dot look.  We're big fans of combining candy into our dessert recipes! REESE'S Candy fans of all ages can pair Peanut Butter Polka Dot Bars with our Loaded REESE'S Cookie Bars recipe to double the fun on your dessert trays.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
26 minutes
Bake Time
25 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cup
    butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks), softened
  • 2 cups
    packed light brown sugar
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups
    quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 2-1/2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1-1/3 cups
    REESE'S PIECES Candies (10 oz pkg.)
  • Chocolate Filling
  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine (1 stick)
  • 2/3 cup
  • 1/3 cup
  • 1 can
    sweetened condensed milk (14 oz, not evaporated milk)
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    vanilla extract

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven Oven & Stovetop
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer
measuring cups Measuring Cups
baking pan 13x9x2-inch Baking Pan
wire rack Wire Rack
saucepan Saucepan
rubber scraper Rubber Scraper

Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat thoroughly.


Stir together oats, flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. (Dough will be thick). Remove 2 cups dough; set aside. Press remaining dough onto bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking pan.


Prepare Chocolate Filling. Spread filling evenly over dough. Sprinkle candy pieces evenly over filling. Crumble reserved dough evenly over filling.


Bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. (Chocolate will be soft). Cool completely in pan on wire rack; cut into bars.

Chocolate Filling:

Melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine in saucepan over low heat. Stir in 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa and 1/3 cup sugar. Add 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk); cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thick. Remove from heat; stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

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