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No-Bake Chocolate Oat Squares

Makes 16 squares

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3⁄4 cup butter
  • 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3⁄4 cup smooth peanut butter

WHAT YOU DO:

  1. Line an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Stir in oats, reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
  4. Press half the oat mixture into bottom of prepared pan; transfer remaining oat mixture to a small bowl.
  5. In the same saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring until smooth; reserve 1⁄4 cup (60 mL) for drizzling.
  6. Spread remaining chocolate mixture evenly over crust in pan.
  7. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over chocolate layer and gently press it in.
  8. Drizzle reserved chocolate mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours, then let come to room temperature for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.