Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 mins

For chocolate-peanut butter lovers! This recipe is a family tradition. Our family couldn't wait to get Minnesota bars mailed to us from Grandma every Christmas. My sister and I would also make them with our grandmother when we would visit. I don't know where the name came from--my dad spent some of his childhood in Minnesota.


  1. Mix oil, brown sugar, and corn syrup.
  2. Add oatmeal and mix together. Press into 13x9-inch pan.
  3. Bake at 375°F for 12-15 minutes. Watch carefully--should be soft and light brown, a little harder on the edges (it gets stiffer as it cools).
  4. After cooling crust: Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter. Mix together well.
  5. Spread on top of cooled crust. Cut into squares.


Most Helpful

I think they are called Minnesota bars because of the oats which is a crop that is grown there.

I am giving it five stars for fool-proofiness. I used chunky peanut butter and we lived. I like peanut butter but my son thought that it was overwhelming. I think that next time I might add another half cup of chocolate to even it out a little more.

Delenn October 08, 2011

These were very good, very gooey and sweet. Also very easy to make. Thank you! :)

cellogirl2 April 03, 2008

This was a great gluten and dairy free recipe. My husband thanks you a hundred times over. Finally he has a dessert/treat to bring to gatherings that everyone can enjoy. It was very easy to make. I microwaved the chocolate chips and the peanut butter in a bowl for a minute and it stirred right together. I store mine in the refrigerator to keep the chocolate firm.

Pear August 26, 2007

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