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Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel Bars

If you were to have asked us what a revel bar was last week you’d probably have been met with a blank, blue-eyed stare.  We stumbled upon this recipe while perusing a rather dated cookbook (apparently these have been around for awhile...who knew?).

Regardless, it had chocolate.  It had sweetened condensed milk. 

We may have stopped reading after that point and headed straight into the kitchen.

Ok so we took note of the name, but didn’t pay much attention. 

Revel?  Um, yeah that’s a funny name for a baked good.  And we know generally, sorta, kinda what that means. 

Details people details.  We’re big picture kind of bakers!  Chocolate plus sweetened condensed milk equals happiness.

It wasn’t til we pulled these delightful little treats out of the oven that we started thinking more about that clever name.  Revel?  Revel!  Yes!  That’s exactly what these bars should be called! 

Revel, frolic, delight, lark, romp!  We could call these Chocolate Peanut Delight Bars.  Orrrr Chocolate Peanut Merrymaking Bars!  Or, the less traditional but probably more accurate, Chocolate Peanut Binge Bars! 

Yes, according to the dictionary, revel is synonymous with binge.  Whoa, we revel a lot.

Aaaaand we added peanut butter.  Bingey revelers that we are.  Chocolate plus sweetened condensed milk plus peanut butter equals revelry. 

Revel cookies, revel.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel Bars

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14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
3 cups quick cooking oats

For Filling:
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and baking soda together until creamy. Add in eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined.

With the mixer on low, add in the flour and mix until completely incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as you go.  Add in the rolled oats (you may need to use a little elbow grease to mix them in).  Set dough aside.

For the filling, combine peanut butter, chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat mixture in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds, until chocolate is melted.  Stir until smooth, then add peanuts and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Press about two-thirds of the oat mixture into the baking pan. Spread chocolate filling evenly over the oats mixture.  Dot the remaining oat mixture over the top of the chocolate.

Bake 22-25 minutes, until top is lightly browned.  The chocolate may still look moist.  Allow bars to cool completely on a wire rack.

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Reader Comments (19)

I love revel bars! They are SO rich and delicious!! Never added peanut butter to them, what a great addition. It really completes the indulgence that is a revel bar :) Nicely done ladies! They look delicious!!

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea the Kitchen Witch

Yummy! I've never heard of these, but that doesn't mean much! They look absolutely delicious though...chocolate and peanut butter are the best!

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

I have never, ever made a Revel Bar. I don't even know why. They have all the stuff I love in them. That's it. I'm doing it. I'm gonna be a Revel. Hee Hee.

Look great, love your pics!!

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookbook Queen

Oops there goes the diet! :)

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

I WILL be making these for sure, yum!

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Oooh, you girls can make a bar cookie like nobody's business! Yum!

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

These look amazing!

I've never heard of revel bars before either! But these look great. Beautiful pictures :)

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan @ whatmegansmaking

It's a wonder how you guys always find these sinful, chocolatey peanut butter awesome desserts. I simply don't know which one to try next, they all look so good :)

WOW - those look fabulous! And yup, it's the perfect name (though I like "merrymaking" bars too :) Thanks for sharing -- bookmarking this now!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookiePie

Yep! Totally get that - condensed milk + chocolate definatly = happiness. Like this a lot.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Johnston

This is such a beautiful dessert. Can't wait to try it!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

These look fantastic. Kind of like a cousin to the "Magic Bar." May I ask what cookbook you were perusing? I have an unhealthy obsession with cookbooks...Speaking of which, I'm starting a new food blogging group on just that topic. I'd love it if you joined us. No strict rules--just fun sharing our love of cookbooks and the recipes we make from them. Thank you for the inspiration. Now I know these will be stuck in my head until I make them.

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

Hi Allison! We were looking through an insanely old Betty Crocker cookbook...! We love the idea of your new site - we will definitely check it out and would love to be a part of it!

October 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

Made these this weekend and LOVED them! Thanks for sharing such a delicious dessert bar! (Never heard of them before, either!)

One of the best combinations, chocolate and peanut butter. This revel bar would certainly taste great. It is a great idea to mix both ingredients for better and more delicious output.

Steve Kerr

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Kerr

i just made these bars and they will be a staple in my "treat" arsenal. easy (microwave), and yum yum yummy!

December 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkathie

Dear Katy and Abby.

Hello there! I'm from the Philippines and I just love the pictures and posts in your blog. I tried this recipe at work, omitted the peanut butter and replaced it with caramel (made from cooked condensed milk) and it was delicious! I really love the chewy texture of your revel bars and thanks to you guys I have the recipe! I love revel bars and I only used to buy it before but now I can make it at home! I will definitely make your website a staple in my internet browsing! more power!!!


August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMhai

Mhai - we LOVE the idea of making these with caramel!! Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for letting us know you're enjoying the blog!

August 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterBlue Eyed Bakers

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