oh baby

by jenna on November 30, 2010

Every summer of my youth, I was either a camper or (later) a camp counselor at FOCUS camp up in Martha’s Vineyard. It is a lovely, lovely place and I highly recommend it. However, the first year I got incredibly homesick to epic proportions—so much so that I faked sick and had the camp nurse call my mother to see if I should go home early or not (let it be noted that I was fourteen at the time).

Naturally, my mother was able to see right through my little ploy and told the nurse no, I would stay the entire week. And so I wailed and complained and refused to make any friends whatsoever, content with basking in self-pity in my upper bunk all alone.

I did this for a whole two days, and on the afternoon of the third day, found myself hungry.

Starving, actually.

So, I took my first shower in days, blew my hair dry and made my way down to the cafeteria for dinner just in time for evening prayer. And as I gingerly sat down at a table next to the girls in my cabin, they smiled warmly and passed me a plate of food.

To be honest, I don’t really remember what was on the plate but I know for a fact that dessert was Oh Baby Bars.

Oh Baby Bars are simply a form of homemade peanut butter cups, with a rich peanut buttery base and a smooth chocolate top. They’re incredibly simple to make, don’t involve an oven at all, and are perfect for nursing whatever ailment you’ve got going on, whether that’s homesickness, a broken heart, or just a major chocolate craving.

All you need for the peanut butter base is peanut butter (duh), powdered sugar, butter and a pinch of brown sugar.

These are sweet. Beware of many sugar comas ahead.

Combine and blend in either a Kitchen Aid (with paddle attachment) or by hand. I used a Kitchen Aid and it was a breeze…if you do it by hand, make sure that your butter is soft!

Then, press into a nine by thirteen inch dish…like so:

And then to work on melting your chocolate! This is just two bars of dark and one bar of milk…and a tablespoon of butter.

Oh my!

Usually, you’d want to use a double boiler when you melt chocolate but since there’s a wee bit of butter in there as well, you’re fine just melting carefully over super low heat.

And then you know what to do….

Awwww yeah. There’s really not much better in life than homemade peanut butter cups. Whoever thought to put chocolate and peanut butter together in the first place?!

Whoever you are, I love you.

Smooth the top of your masterpiece and stick it in the fridge for an hour or so. The chocolate will harden right up and then you can cut into squares.

Just try not to eat the whole thing yourself…that would lead to a tummy ache. Since these bars are so rich,  a small slice does the trick!  They’re great for parties, especially and no one has to know it took you only ten minutes to make!

Oh Baby Bars

makes about 48 small bars

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

7 ounces milk chocolate

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

1 T butter

Blend together the brown sugar, powdered sugar, butter and peanut butter until it reaches a smooth paste-like consistency. Press into the bottom of a nine by thirteen inch pan.

Melt the chocolate with the tablespoon of butter over very low heat (or in a microwave). Pour melted chocolate over the peanut butter crust and stick in the fridge for an hour to harden.

Cut into squares and serve!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 30, 2010 at 7:34 am

OH BABY is right!! I want to do with this White Chocolate Wonderful! It reminds me of my grandma’s 2-toned fudge!


Nora@LiveLifeEatRight November 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

My Mom has this recipe framed in our kitchen! She calls them “Predmore” bars after my aunt’s mother in law that passed it down. We can never keep them around for long–now that I think about should be called Houdini bars because they are magical and disappear so quickly!


Caroline November 30, 2010 at 7:49 am

When the post initially loaded on my phone, the only thing I saw was the picture. I immediately began to drool and said “Oh Baby.” Haha. I was quite pleased to scroll down and find that that was in fact the name of this recipe.


Kath November 30, 2010 at 7:52 am



Marci November 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

Ghiradelli and PB & Co. peanut butter should get married. Simple and delicious flavors together!


adrienne November 30, 2010 at 7:53 am


My grandmother used to make these when I was a kid. She gave me the recipe but I lost it years ago (and she has since passed). I tried several times to recreate it from memory, but it always came out too sweet or wouldn’t set right. Thank you for posting this recipe. You have made my day!


Kristen November 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

And this is when the peanut butter and chocolate lover bangs her head against the wall and wonders how she managed to marry a man who is allergic to nuts. Who wants to send me a batch so that I don’t accidentally kill my husband? (I’m a little messy in the kitchen)


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin November 30, 2010 at 7:53 am

Woah those are amazing! I would love individual sized ones of those!


R @ Learning As I Chop November 30, 2010 at 7:55 am

These look so good and so dangerous at the same time!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

Amazing!! I love PB&Co as well. Such a cute story! :)


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

I believe my husband would give a left kidney for this. I know it.


Moni'sMeals November 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

I love these! I make these (almost exactly the same as yours) every Christmas and I have to say… EVERYONE loves them the most.

Oh Baby is absolutely correct. :)


megan @ whatmegansmaking November 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

Just like peanut butter balls, but easier! Delicious :)


Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes November 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

these are a standby at our place…the Mister around here has a severe pb+chocolate addiction, so these are never safe for long! And yes, they can cure pretty much anything…:)
cathy b. @ brightbakes


Amanda (Eating Up) November 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

Ooo those would be great when you need to feed a crowd! The best thing is that kids and adults love pb and chocolate. It’s the flavor combination for people of all ages!


Christine November 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

These look incredible. Peanut butter and chocolate really are made for each other, and the honey PB probably made the whole deal that much sweeter (pun shamefully intended). I was wondering what your thoughts are on double boiling chocolate, though. I’ve heard that it’s better to do it in the microwave because if even a little bit of water gets in, it tempers the chocolate and ruins it. Plus, it’s kind of a pain in the butt…


Steph@stephsbitebybite November 30, 2010 at 8:02 am

This takes me back to elementary school when I used to buy gold bars on wednesday at recess! Must make immediately!


Balanced Healthy Life November 30, 2010 at 8:02 am

Those bars look great! I can’t stand the PB in PB cups if they are not homemade! Thanks for sharing! : )


Rebecca November 30, 2010 at 8:03 am

Must immediately try with almond butter!!!


The Blue-Eyed Bakers November 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

Ooooh yes please yes please! Chocolate and peanut butter!? Sold.


Ella November 30, 2010 at 8:05 am

oh. my. god. so glad you posted the recipe – i love those things. must make ASAP..


Laura November 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

I love your recipes. I have a folder in my email titled “FOOD” just to save all the recipes that I find online and I’m pretty sure most of them come from your site at this point. You are a really good story teller. With food :)


Estela @ Weekly Bite November 30, 2010 at 8:09 am

My grandma us to make something like this. I don’t have the recipe though… so thank you !!!! :)


Shareece November 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

Oh my goodness I had to stop myself from savagely attacking my computer screen.. those look ridiculously delicious!!


April November 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

How do you get the chochlate top not to break when you cut it? I have a tough time making them look pretty when they are done!!! Ghrrrr…yours look pretty! :)


Kathleen November 30, 2010 at 8:17 am

These look like a little stack of heaven. Can’t wait to try making them.


Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

Mmm, love that peanut butter!


Christy November 30, 2010 at 8:22 am

Can’t wait to make these! What do you think about an oatmeal or cookie crust? Something to give it a little chew…


Lauren at KeepItSweet November 30, 2010 at 8:25 am

these look too good, i think making them might get me into trouble!


Katie (Sweet Tater) November 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

this sounds like an excellent idea.


Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

I used to make something similar when I was very young (with my mom’s help of course). So much fun to make your own.


Deanna November 30, 2010 at 8:31 am

OH BABY! That IS in fact, the bee’s knees.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

I’m allergic to PB (wah!) but I definitely want to make these with almond butter and then eat the whole pan.


Rachel @Balance and Blueberries November 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

BRILLIANCE! I made something similar in an attempt to making homemade PB cups, and they just came out crappy looking. Awesome tasting, but crappy looking. These are much prettier, using the same ingredients. Definitely swapping methods for these babies :)


Ashley November 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

Oh my gosh, as I was reading this drooling thinking about making my own I had a mini-epiphany: I will make them in 2 smaller sized baking dishes and do 1 with a dark/milk chocolate topping and the other with a white chocolate topping! It will be glorious! : )


Carrie H November 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

These look delicious! But I have a question about books … Jenna, have you read “What is the What” by Dave Eggers? It is fabulous. I cried last night on the last few pages. It’s a fictionalized autobiography of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and I think you would love it. Also, I want as many people to read it as possible to learn about the Lost Boys, and the main character/real survivor Valentino Achak Deng’s non-profit http://www.valentinoachakdeng.org/ that helps his home villiage in Sudan … and you have an amazing ability to reach people.

Yeah, I’m still all worked up from just how touching, real, humanizing, moving … and so on … this book is.


Rebecca November 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

perfection in a cookie bar. can’t wait to make these. thanks for sharing the recipe. so simple, yet awesome.


Sara E. November 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

I make these every year! But I add graham crackers for a little crunch, and then I roll them up into balls and dip them in the chocolate. Mmmm, I’m drooling already. Must. go. make. now,


Evan Thomas November 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

I love how easy these are. Most definitely making them.


Marie [reciPeas & musings] November 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

Oh these look so amazing, my dad will absolutely love them (okay, as will I). What a great part 2 for his Christmas gift! Thank you so much for the recipe. I love the story… I was that girl at Girl Scout camp my first time, too. :)


Katie November 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

Those look awesome – and like they’d go way too fast at my house! Better take your advice and wait for a holiday party to take them to.


the chirpy bird November 30, 2010 at 8:55 am

okay… Shut the front door and close all the windows, I’m trying this baby out soon!
Love this! And btw, don’t feel bad about wanting to skip out of camp for being home sick, I used to do it alll the time :)
xox tash


Tracy November 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

Woah these look delicious! Definitely bookmarking this one!


Clare @ Fitting It All In November 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

I wonder how this would be with Heather’s “reeses” filling where you mix nutritional yeast with the PB???


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

Those look awesome and so easy! Do you think this would work equally well with almond butter?


Jenna November 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

Oooh, chocolate and peanut butter is always a winning combination. Your fudge is pretty gorgeous. =)


Anne November 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

They used to serve these in the cafeteria of my elementary school. If they were on the menu, I’d eat school lunch, for sure, even if it was sloppy joes, questionable tacos, etc.


Cathy November 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

Okay, somebody help! This looks simple, but I am confused. Jenna states to use 2 bars dark chocolate and 1 bar milk chocolate. The recipe calls for 7 oz milk and 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate. What am I missing? These would give me unnecessary points with hubby:)


jenna November 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

I eyeballed :) I think in total, I used 8 ounces of chocolate, not 7.


tina November 30, 2010 at 9:44 am

these remind me of buckeyes… almost the exact same recipes, but in ball form!.. i have some in my fridge from thanksgiving… so YUMMY!!!!



Lisa November 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

Wow that looks decadent but SO WORTH IT!!!


Faith @ lovelyascharged November 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

I saw your opening picture and my first thought was “hot damn, whatever this is, I need to make it”. Luckily I have all the ingredients…going to whip ’em up the next time I have a second!


Jennifer @ Jane Deere November 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter! During the holidays my family makes peanut butter balls, which are very similar.


Nelly@CrazySexyFit November 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

Oh dear god. I don’t even like chocolate and peanut butter and I want one of those. Wonder how it would be with almond butter…


Heather November 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

Thank you for giving me the idea for what to take to my family gathering this weekend. Oyvay & Jessica’s idea to use the white choc PB clinched it!!!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

Oh Baby is right!!


Melissa November 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

Christmas party next weekend? Check.
Being the star of the party by arriving with a festively decorated tray of these Oh Baby bars? Check and check.

Thanks, again, Jenna for another amazing yet simple recipe!


Jaime Ramsay November 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

Oh my golly goodness; the diet is officially over! :-)


Mauimandy@Thegrainsofparadise November 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

Those look absolutely decadent!
I hated camp!!! I only had to go once…..my parents gave up after that. I was in 6 grade and seriously brought high heels and a propane curling iron??? Strange child! hahaa


Hilray November 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

I want to make these right now!


Lauren November 30, 2010 at 11:30 am

I love camp – I’ve been a camper and a camp counselor since I was like 7. The chef at our camp makes a dessert similar to these – they are so sweet! actually all his desserts are amazing.


Katie @ www.princessofpavement.com November 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

The first couple of years I went to summer camp I would get so physically ill from being homesick, worrying the counselors and nurses, but my moms too was on to me … I used to be the same way when my parents would go on holidays without me, and I was actually put in the hospital a few times because of it!


Suzanne de Cornelia.com November 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

Speaking of ‘oh baby’…..411 for those who’ve never been preggers:

Whatever makes you sick while PG sticks for life. My ‘scientific’ proof is the GF Grapevine. What did me in then was Reeses Pnutbutter cup. To this day, even passing them on the candy aisle leaves me queasy. So, had to cover my eyes & repeat outloud ‘I can’t hear you…lalalalalalala’ for some of your post. 😉

But am SOOOOOO impressed that you got to go to camp on Martha’s Vineyard!!! How cool is that?! :)


Suzanne de Cornelia.com November 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

411 for those who’ve never been preggers:

Whatever makes you sick while PG sticks for life. My ‘scientific’ proof is the GF Grapevine. What did me in then was Reeses Pnutbutter cup. To this day, even passing them on the candy aisle leaves me queasy. So, had to cover my eyes & repeat outloud ‘I can’t hear you…lalalalalalala’ for some of your post. 😉

But am SOOOOOO impressed that you got to go to camp on Martha’s Vineyard!!! How cool is that?! :)


Ali @ Ali on the Run November 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

I make these all the time for parties and to bring into work. They’re always a huge hit! I’ll try your recipe next time I make them so I can compare! Thanks for sharing.


Natalia - a side of simple November 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

OH BABY is precisely what I’ll be saying as I perform some extra lunges after consuming these :)


Katy November 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I lived on Martha’s Vineyard! Those look an awful lot like the peanut butter bars from Chilmark Chocolates. Did you ever get to go there? Heaven in a tiny little chocolate-making factory shack. LOVE! I need to make these. I’m missing the island and those chocolates. Thanks for the reminder. :)


jenna November 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I’ve never been there! Super jealous you live in one of my favorite spots on earth..I miss the Island as well.


Katy December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I wish we would have lived there longer! I went to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School with a whopping student count of 800 and played field hockey. My heart always jumps for joy when you talk about the island! I love that you went to camp there and that you know just how amazing it is. Hopefully I can bring my husband, Adam, there and share it with him. :)


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I love pb & chocolate. I wish I had these right now for an afternoon snack!


LBoogieDC November 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Does the pan need to be greased before the peanut butter mixture is pressed into it?


jenna November 30, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Nope—I did not grease mine.


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed November 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Cute story :) what a strong memory. I love it how some foods you associate with a certain time. For me, ballet concert rehearsals = BBQ or pizza shapes (an aussie biscuit).
Heidi xo


Jenna November 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Is it bad that I just want to eat the peanut butter part with a spoon?
Luckily, I have a holiday potluck on Sunday that I volunteered to bring a dish and dessert for. I was drawing a blank on the dessert, so this will be great!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen November 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Love this! So simple…and sooo delicious!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Oh baby is right!! Dannng these sound amazing.


Sara November 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Holy cow! These look amazing. I think I’m going to make some tonight. :)


Anne P November 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Lol the first time I went to camp, I cried for like a whole day and made them call my mom to ask her to come get me. She said no, obviously, and like 5 minutes later I dragged myself to the pool and then started having a blast and didn’t want to come home when it was over. Oh, moms. They always know best.



Lisa November 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Wiping the drool off my keyboard right now…. and adding these to my Christmas Cookie/Candy list. My relatives thank you, I’m sure! :)


Jessica - haute teapot November 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Oh my–these make me a happy. Let it be noted, I had no craving for chocolate (+ peanut butter) prior to seeing these pictures.


kate November 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

PB + chocolate makes the world go round


Katharine November 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I went to FOCUS camp for several summers in high school AND I remember this dessert…no lie! What a small world! I have the best memories from those summers.


Laura December 1, 2010 at 3:18 am

Oh my. I’m canceling my plans for tonight to go home and make these.


Kristy December 1, 2010 at 4:30 am

I need these in my life <3


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef December 1, 2010 at 6:47 am

oh how delicious. oh baby for sure!


Coco December 1, 2010 at 6:58 am

Peanut Butter + Chocolate are a classic mash up combo that will never be anything but glorious in my mouth!


Melissa December 2, 2010 at 6:32 am

I’m totally making these for my office cookie exchange


Darlene December 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

oh.my.goodness! These look so yummy!


Parker December 5, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog but I love it. And these bars. Which I also ate at FOCUS. I believe we were even there for some of the same programs- what a small world. Anyway, I love your blog and have already added it to Reader.


Natalie Boenker December 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

OMG…these are SO good! I made them last night to put in treat bags for friends Christmas presents…so easy and so good!


Maria December 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

Just made these! Haven’t tried them yet but if all the other recipes I’ve made per your suggestion are any indication, I KNOW these will be a hit :) Thanks for all you do!


Shaina January 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

So, I just came across this recipe and realized I had to make them RIGHTTHISVERYSECOND or I was going to die. For some reason, my peanut butter mixture didn’t turn out like a paste – it was all crumbly and dry. What did I do wrong? I’m wondering if it’s because my powdered sugar is kinda old? Either way … I pressed it down in the pan and covered it in the chocolate and threw it in the fridge. I’m desperately hoping it sets up. And if not? Well then, I’ll happily eat it with a spoon. :)


jenna January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hmmmm…that’s interesting. Are you sure you used ENOUGH peanut butter? Mine was thick but it wasn’t really “crumbly”. I’m sure it will be fine though and taste delicious. The only thing I can think of is maybe you didn’t cream the peanut butter mixture enough so it was smooth…either way, it will taste yummy!


Shaina January 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hmmmm. I dunno! I definitely used enough peanut butter, and I let it go in the mixer for awhile. I even added more melted butter to see if that would help, but alas. The good news? It is delicious and crack-like even when crumbly. :)


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

This happened to me the first time I made them! I just made them again and I realized it was because my butter wasn’t soft enough. Maybe that’s what it was??


MyLifeRunsOnFood.com January 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

One of my favorite flavor combinations…


lynne January 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

These sound divine!


Caroline March 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

I made these last night, and followed the instructions religiously, but when I took them out of the fridge this morning, I had a hard time removing them from the pan. The chocolate came up fine, but the peanut butter mostly stuck to the bottom of the dish, instead of to the chocolate. Help! What did I do wrong?


jenna March 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hmm I really don’t know! You could try greasing your pan next time—the recipe is sort of a messy one, but I’m sure they were still delicious!


Ann March 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

These are incredible! I ended up using a little extra peanut butter and about 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips and they came out amazing so I can only assume they get even better with higher quality ingredients!


Heather June 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

Is there ANY hope in these traveling via mail okay? Or would they be a melty gooey mess by the time they arrived to their summer destination? (I use margarine/almond milk.) My dad was all all all about these guys when I made them last autumn and I can’t help but be tempted to mail him a batch for Father’s Day…

Dumb summer and its melting issues. :(

What do you think?


Amy June 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I went to a FOCUS camp on the vineyard as well and I know exactly what you mean when you say its a lovely place … because it truely is! These Oh Baby bars remind me of the summers I spent with on the vineyard! Thanks for the recipe I will definitely be making these tomorrow!!


CookiePie August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

OH BABY is right!!! Must. Make. These. Thanks for sharing!!


Natalie November 17, 2011 at 5:31 am

Oh, baby! These were a hit when I brought them to school! Everybody raved about them and three people asked for the recipe. I loved how few ingredients were needed. But I would probably suggest adding more peanut butter base. Maybe my pan was a bit big; I’m not really sure.

Question: How did you manage to get your squares to come out perfectly and smooth? Mine cracked every which way and it drove me nuts. They were still divine, though. Thanks for the recipe!


CC Davis January 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve been holding on to your recipe forever and finally made them last night. Um, what took me so long?! They are incredible!!! However, I’d also like to know how to cut them so perfectly? The chocolate cracks when I cut mine. IF I ever decide to share these, I’d love to know how you cut yours. Thanks so much!!


Ruth Crumplar December 3, 2013 at 8:28 am

How fun that you were a FOCUS kid! I volunteered as a counselor and my best friend’s husband is the area director in Richmond. The Martha’s Vineyard camp is such a magical place!


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