Bars, Cookies, Sweets

Salted Peanut Chews

When I make these bars, I use the recipe from one of my many Betty Crocker® magazines so I laughed when I grabbed the link for this recipe from BettyCrocker.com. They show a “prep time” and a “total time” but I think they should add a “disappear time” that says “gone in one day” so people know what to expect.

These sweet and salty bars have a serious addiction factor. And I suppose with all the peanut allergies today, there should be a warning label. “Warning: these Salted Peanut Chews are addictive and they may contain peanuts or may have come in contact with peanuts in the baking process.” Sorta reminds me not to use my blow dryer in the bathtub…

Salted Peanut Chews

Not only do these bars taste amazing, they are super easy to make. The first layer is a simple Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix pouch. (Or any brand of cookie mix–I just happen to like Betty Crocker® and I appreciate the Box Tops for Education.)

 

After you bake the dough, toss the mini marshmallows on top and bake a few minutes until they puff up and turn slightly brown.

Now it’s time to melt the corn syrup, butter, vanilla and peanut butter chips. Stir in the peanuts and the cereal and spoon the mixture over the marshmallows. Notice I didn’t say “spread the mixture” because it’s not possible to do without making a huge mess of the marshmallows. You just have to be okay with dropping spoonfuls of the gooey layer on top and smashing it down just a bit. 

 

{Salted Peanut Chews} 

1 pouch (1 pound 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® peanut butter cookie mix

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon water

1 egg

3 cups miniature marshmallows

2/3 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup butter or margarine (I always use butter)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter chips

2 cups crisp rice cereal

2 cups dry roasted peanuts

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray or line pan with non-stick foil so they are easy to pull out and cut on a cutting board.

2. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in pan using floured fingers.

3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until set. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows over crust; bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or until marshmallows begin to puff.

4. In a small saucepan, cook corn syrup, butter, vanilla and chips over low heat, stirring constantly, until chips are melted. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. Immediately spoon cereal mixture evenly over marshmallows. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

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The first time I made these was for one of our family reunions. Quite possibly The Munson Survivor Camp: Year of the Hippies.

Do you have a favorite candy bar that you make at home?

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