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Salted Peanut Bars

 Salted Peanut Bars
You’ll never look at Rice Krispies Treats the same way again after trying these nutty three-tiered cookie, marshmallow and cereal bars. —Denise Kirsch, McLeansboro, Illinois
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cookie mix, oil, water and egg. Press
  • onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, in a
  • large saucepan, combine the chips, corn syrup and butter. Cook and
  • stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir
  • in the Rice Krispies, peanuts and vanilla.
  • Sprinkle marshmallows over crust. Bake 1-2 minutes longer or until
  • marshmallows begin to puff. Spread cereal mixture over top. Cool
  • completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.
  • Yield: 2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 318 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 225 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.