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Chewy Peanut Butter Chip Bars Recipe

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"These yummy bars are great for lunches and bake sales, yet use only ordinary kitchen staples," remarks Beverly Swihart of Marion, Ohio.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:24-30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24-30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • TOPPING:
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 232 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 199 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with marshmallows return to oven just until marshmallows begin to puff, about 2 minutes. Cool. Meanwhile, combine corn syrup, butter, chips and vanilla in a large saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. Evenly spread warm topping over marshmallow layer. Refrigerate until set. Yield: 2 to 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Peanut Butter Bars in Taste of Home August/September 1997, p54

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 232 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 199 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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