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Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars

 Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars
These delicious bars are great holiday treats, but the kids like them all year long. I used this recipe over and over when our five children were at home. Now I'm thrilled to bake a batch for my grandchildren. -Geraldine Grisdale, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
18 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + standing


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed cornflakes


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; beat until
  • crumbly. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine chocolate chips and peanut
  • butter; stir in cornflakes. Gently spread over top. Let stand until
  • set. Cut into bars. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.