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