Plantation Bars Recipe
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Plantation Bars Recipe

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Instead of the typical melted marshmallows, this clever recipe calls for melted vanilla chips. With crisp rice cereal, peanut butter and nuts, these bars taste almost like candy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) vanilla or white chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 7 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Red, blue and white sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 155 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the vanilla chips and peanut butter. Microwave, uncovered, at 50% power for 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 minutes or until melted; stir until smooth. Stir in cereal and peanuts. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Let stand at room temperature until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the pan of bars in half. On one half, cut out stars using a greased 2-1/2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Cut remaining half into 3-1/4-in. x 1-1/4-in. bars for stripes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Divide frosting among three bowls. Tint one red and one blue and leave remaining frosting white. Decorate cutouts with frosting and sprinkles. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit
Originally published as Plantation Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p109

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KarenBunch User ID: 1094378 27982
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"We substituted Just Whites for the meringue powder. We made these bars for a bake sale and received many compliments. We'll make these again. Thanks!


Stefiann User ID: 1510721 80078
Reviewed May. 25, 2009

"Very, Very yummy! Everyone enjoyed these!!!!!"

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