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Salted Peanut Chews Recipe

Salted Peanut Chews Recipe

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. YIELD:24 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Sprinkle with marshmallows and return to the oven for 3-5 minutes or until marshmallows begin to melt; set aside.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 1692040 7008
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7536893 3877
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6965874 5922
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6977419 1938
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014 Edited Mar. 21, 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 User ID: 7492602 4421
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Anyone try this with replacing honey for the corn syrup?"

GeeRea User ID: 4982402 1937
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7176458 4418
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6935620 2940
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5653474 5117
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

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

joyousdeeous User ID: 2079311 3119
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I made these & they are verrrry good! "

sparklez1 User ID: 7478272 3808
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I haven't tried these yet but they sound so good and i can't wait to try them. We love peanuts and peanut butter. The only thing i don't have to make them is the peanut butter chips but will get some on my next trip to the grocery store. Thanks for posting."

lynni User ID: 360948 5329
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"We love these bars. They are a favorite at potlucks."

Monomoit User ID: 6526493 2937
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"I have not made these, but in answer to the question about stale marshmallows, heat them in the microwave a few at a time, they are soft and start to melt"

Ajaxmolly User ID: 6493842 2936
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"These sound so yummy! Was wondering if anyone has a tip to make stale marshmallows usable again, maybe by adding something to the bag???"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 5328
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"No, it can't be done without the marshmallows, clairemail3. The peanut mixture needs the stickiness of the marshmallows in order to remain attached to the crust. This really is a delicious recipe, one that our family has enjoyed for many years. It IS sweet, though, if that's something you don't really enjoy. The peanut butter flavor is excellent!"

clairemail3 User ID: 3762250 4097
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"can this be done without the marshmallows? has anyone tried that?"

Schemi User ID: 7205733 4794
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"My family loved this!"

2muchmuchmtthyme User ID: 4444929 3275
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Delicious! I got raves from some very particular relatives! The only change I will make next time is to add more butter to the first layer. It was too crumbly and separated from the rest of the bar. But I had no complaints. It was still yummy"

PinkVanillaRose User ID: 6158581 3118
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"This is a great recipe! Super easy. I didn't have enough peanuts and only had butterscotch chips, so I did the butterscotch with half peanuts and half pecans. Delicious! They are really chewy and crunchy at the same time."

[email protected] User ID: 989746 4416
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"These are really good. For the crust, just make sure that you mix the flour, brown sugar, butter together well. If need be, add the extra 1/4 stick of unused butter to make the crust more moist."

Sassy2U2 User ID: 615445 3116
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"This is an easy recipe and a very good one.Grandkids loved it."

tmsorn User ID: 2869341 2934
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"I include this very recipe in my Christmas baking each year.... they are so yummy!


nvthiele User ID: 30753 1809
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"Mine didn't come out as pretty looking as the ones in the picture. However, they taste fabulous and remind me of the PayDay candy bar. Very good!"

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