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Peanut Cake Bars

 Peanut Cake Bars
The librarian at my son's high school brought these bars in as a treat for here helpers one day. He enjoyed them so much he requested the recipe and has made them many times since. The whole family loves the blend of chocolate and peanuts.—Pam Clayton, Brownsboro, Texas
36 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • TOPPING:
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine dry cake mix, water, butter and egg until blended.
  • Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 2 minutes
  • longer. Cool.
  • In a saucepan, combine peanut butter chips, corn syrup, butter and
  • vanilla. Cook over low heat until melted; stir until smooth.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. Spoon over
  • marshmallows. Cool before cutting. Yield: about 3 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 210 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.