Bar None

A Taste of Georgia calls them “Mock Baby Ruth Bars.” So does my Mom. I prefer “Chocolate-Topped Granola Bars.” It makes me feel less guilty about eating bar cookies for breakfast.


The whole “Baby Ruth” appellation makes no sense anyway.

Mom doubles this to make a 9×13″ pan. I have no self control, so I stick with half a recipe and a 9×9″ pan.

Chocolate-Topped Granola Bars

1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. corn syrup
2 T. peanut butter (I like creamy, Mom likes chunky.)
1/2 t. vanilla
6 T. vegetable oil, butter or margerine*
2 c. oatmeal (I use old-fashioned, rolled oats but quick oats work too.)

Combine everything but the oats and stir until it’s all mixed up. Stir in the oats being careful get them coated. Spread this into a greased 9×9″ pan and smooth out the top. Bake in a 400° oven for 12 minutes (edges should be browning) while you mix up the topping.

1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. butterscotch chips
1/3 c. peanut butter

The minute the cookie comes out of the oven, spread this mixture on top. Keep spreading, the heat from the cookie will melt the topping into a gooey, delicious, swirly mess. Put the pan in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets before slicing into squares. If you can stand the wait. I store them in the ‘fridge during the summer.

cookie with bite missing

I want one right now!

*Mom and the recipe use butter. Many many years ago, I used canola in desperation and have never looked back. The oil gives the cookies a crispy, tender, flakey omnomnom and is a lot less greasy. Easier to mix up too.

7 thoughts on “Bar None

  1. danielle

    By the by, I’m a devoted reader, or obsessive, whatever. Are butterscotch chips vegan? If so, I’m thinking this might be an awesome vegan dessert for when my bro visits. Looks really good.

  2. Renna

    At first I was thinking they sound like my no-bake cookie recipe, except I drop them by spoonfuls onto waxed paper, rather than spread them in a pan. Then you got to the decadent sounding frosting, and I knew this was something more, much, much more. Mmmm…I can hardly wait to make them. Thanks for sharing. I think. ;-Þ

  3. Ruth

    Sigh…can I hope that something else could be substituted for the corn syrup? These are totally decadent…you get them for breakfst!

  4. LaTina

    I made these today, and they are super yummy! I used honey instead of corn syrup, though. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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