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Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

 Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
I enjoy giving gifts that are simple and homemade. I cut these bars into squares and serve them on holiday trays as gifts.—Brenda Alexander, Frankton, Indiana
36 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 cups Rice Chex
  • 1-1/2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with butter;
  • set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cereal and nuts; set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe 1-qt. bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 20-40 seconds. Stir and cook 3-5
  • minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour sugar mixture
  • over cereal and nuts; stir to coat. Press into the prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate until set.
  • Using foil, lift out of pan. Discard foil; cut into bars. Yield: 3
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 143 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 112 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.