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Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

 Peanut Butter Brownie Bars
A brownie mix base makes this a simple treat that will appeal to adults and children alike. Creamy peanut butter, crunchy nuts and crisp cereal make the bars fun to bite into. —Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, Florida
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling


  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 12 peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread into a
  • greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or
  • until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist
  • crumbs.
  • Sprinkle with peanut butter cups and peanuts. Bake 4-6 minutes longer
  • or until chocolate is melted. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips, peanut
  • butter and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in the cereal, vanilla
  • and salt. Carefully spread over brownies. Cover and refrigerate for
  • at least 2 hours before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.