Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bars

This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-inspired recipe represents my aesthetic well. It was inspired by my favorite menu item in the kitchen at Clearwater Camp for Girls, the classic peanut butter bar. I use hippie ingredients like oats and honey, but also sweet, sweet trash like actual Reese’s cups. I recommend it for self-medicating OR celebrating after the election!

Makes: 1 9×9 pan


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter + 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • as many mini peanut butter cups as your heart desires (but probably 6)


  • In a blender, blend oats to a powder, or as fine as the blender will allow.
  • Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. 
  • Once melted, stir in oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and honey. Once combined, stir in 3/4 cup of peanut butter.
  • Cover bottom and sides of pan with foil or parchment. Spoon peanut butter mixture into pan and smooth to form an even layer that fills pan.
  • Unwrap peanut butter cups and press them down throughout the mixture.
  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and chocolate to form a smooth mixture. The easiest way to do this is in the microwave, heating for 30 seconds, stirring, and then repeating. Or heat in a double boiler.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over peanut butter mixture and smooth with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle salt over top.
  • Place in fridge to harden for at least two hours.
  • To serve, remove from fridge and cut into squares.