Salted Peanut Chews

My mother baked a bar cookie similar to this one when I was growing up. My brother and I liked them so well that we asked for them not only at Christmastime, but all year long. They taste like a popular peanut caramel candy bar. By request, I have taken these bars to several cookie swaps. (My husband can't wait for me to get home from the cookie swap--for obvious reasons!)--Gayle Sadler


3 dozen

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (10-ounce) package peanut butter morsels
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted roasted peanuts


Combine first 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat at low speed with an electric mixer until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13" x 9" pan. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 1 to 2 more minutes or until marshmallows begin to puff. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Combine peanut butter morsels and next 3 ingredients in a large saucepan; cook over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. Spread cereal mixture over marshmallows. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Gayle Sadler,

Christmas with Southern Living 2002,

Oxmoor House

May 2002
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