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Crunch Bars Recipe

This is a delicious treat to serve to family and friends. The marshmallows make a sweet, sticky filling between a sponge cake-type base and crunchy topping.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  • 2. Spread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Arrange marshmallows evenly over cake; bake 2 minutes longer. Cool for 30 minutes.
  • 3. For topping, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter. Stir in cereal. Spread over marshmallow layer. Chill until firm. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 198 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.