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Salted Peanut Bars

Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 15 mins
Yield 2 dozen bars
Salted Peanut Bars make the perfect grab-and-go snack between meals.

Ingredients

  • CRUST
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Argo® Corn Starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • TOPPING
  • 2/3 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 2/3 cup butter OR margarine
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2 teaspoons Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts

How to Make It

  1. For Crust:

  2. MIX flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.  Cut in butter using a pastry blender OR two knives.  Add egg yolks and vanilla. Mixture will be crumbly.  Press into an ungreased 13 x 9-inch pan.

  3.  

  4. BAKE in a preheated 350ºF oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with marshmallows; return to oven for 3 to 5 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy. 

  5. COOL completely.

  6.  

  7. For Topping:

  8. HEAT corn syrup, butter and peanut butter chips in a saucepan over low heat until smooth.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla, cereal and peanuts. 

  9.  

  10. SPREAD over baked crust; chill 1 hour or until firm.