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Salted Peanut Chews

I took these great treats to an evening reunion. They disappeared fast, and soon people were asking for the recipe. —Irene Yoder, Millersburg, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle with marshmallows and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes or until marshmallows begin to melt; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, cook and stir the peanut butter chips, corn syrup, vanilla and remaining butter until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. Pour over prepared crust, spreading to cover. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 290 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • luigimon
    Apr 5, 2014

    My crust turned out just about perfect. Per the other reviews, I used all of the butter in the crust. Something I figured out when making a crust where you cut in softened butter......cut it in with a fork until the butter is somewhat flattened and spread out, then dig in with your bare hands. My crusts turn out perfect! To kiani girl, don't melt the marshmallows hardly at all. Just until they look a little softer. My PB mixture spread out really nice! Family and friends couldn't get enough of these!!

  • Emmazonn2
    Apr 1, 2014

    Awesome....Easy and Tasty!I decided I can butterscotch or chocolate chips too.I've made 5 batches already. Family and friends love them.

  • kiani girl
    Mar 30, 2014

    I made these and added the 1/4 c extra butter as recommended by [email protected]; but the crust is a big disappointment. I was ready to toss the recipe but decided to check the website for advice before doing that. I appreciate the review by GeeRea and will try that before giving up on it. Also, how do you get the peanut, krispies, chips etc. to smoothly spread on the marshmallows? Mine was so difficult that I have marshmallow sticking out all over and clumps of the mixture. Did I cook it too long and it is too thick? Advice would be appreciated. Taste is good but I'll have to take it to the office where people eat whatever is there regardless of how it looks!

  • sandydenny
    Mar 18, 2014

    I wanted to try these as they looked so good. I had a can of mixed whole salted nuts left from Christmas but I didn't have any peanut butter chips. Instead I substituted chocolate chips. I took other reviewers suggestions and increased the butter in the bottom crust to 3/4 cup. They turned out fabulous and certainly didn't last long. Will definitely keep this recipe for future reference!

  • mightyman
    Mar 17, 2014

    Anyone try this with replacing honey for the corn syrup?

  • GeeRea
    Mar 16, 2014

    This Pillsbury Classics II, Book #8, page 100, recipe for Salted Peanut Chews is one I always carry a copy of when I take it somewhere. However, comments about this simple bottom layer not holding up well made me check out the original recipe. Here it is: 1 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/4 t. soda, 1 t. vanilla, 2/3 c. brown sugar, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 c. butter, 2 egg yolks. Combine til blended and press into ungreased 9x13. The rest of the recipe is the same, except you need to add 1/4 c. butter with the corn syrup and other ingreds for the topping.

  • skyspirit464
    Mar 16, 2014

    netar, you are absolutely correct! I still have the Pillsbury recipe book it came out of, I made them in the 80's for my kids and also for school parties as a room mother.

  • sCooter7359
    Mar 15, 2014

     Have made this recipe for friends and relatives many times and, shared the recipe to the delight of a lot of families. Try it - you'll like it!

  • netar
    Mar 15, 2014

    These are delicious, BUT are an old Pillsbury recipe, not something new.

  • joyousdeeous
    Mar 15, 2014

    I made these & they are verrrry good!