Preparation / Directions:
Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. Combine brown sugar, butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter in large bowl, mixing until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, if using, in second bowl. Stir into peanut butter mixture until blended. Stir in oats; mix well. Reserve 1 cup of oat mixture. Spread remaining oat mixture evenly in prepared pan. Combine sweetened condensed milk chocolate pieces and remaining 2 T. peanut butter in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat; stir in peanuts. Spread mixture evenly over oat mixture in pan. Drop remaining oat mixture by teaspoonfuls evenly over chocolate mixture. Bake at 350 F. 25 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars. Source: Milwaukee Journal. Winner of $10,000 contest for Quaker Oatmeal.