Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Peanut Butter Layer Bars

I found a recipe for these bars months and months ago. I even made them but, quite honestly, they were really dry. They needed a little something else. So, I put my mind to work, adjusted the recipe and now these bars are amazing! They are super loaded with peanut butter. The crust is peanut butter cookies, followed by a melt-in-your mouth peanut butter layer, sprinkled with marshmallows and topped with more peanut butter, peanuts and rice krispies. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait til you try them!

1 pound peanut-butter sandwich cookie, coarsely crumbled (I used Nutter Butters)
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
4 cups peanut butter chips
1 1/3 light corn syrup
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups mini marshmellows
2 cups dry-roasted peanuts (I used the salted kind)
2 cups crisp rice cereal (I used Rice Krispies)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray and 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.

Crush the cookies either using a food processor or a rolling pin. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Press into the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden.

In a saucepan, combine the peanut butter chip, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth, about 7 minutes. Spread 1/2 of the mixture over the crumb crust. Top with the marshmallows and return to the oven. You only want them in there until the marshmallows puff, about two minutes. If you cook them longer, the marshmallows will turn crunchy.

Toss the peanuts and rice cereal with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Stir well so everything is evenly coated. Drop, by the spoonful, over the marshmallows. Cool bars completely before cutting and serving.

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