The microwave keeps preparation for these peanut butter-chocolate bar cookies short and simple. Briefly bake the oatmeal crust in the oven, then top with the cereal and peanut butter-chocolate fillings and let cool for 45 minutes.
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups crisp rice cereal
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1 (10-oz.) package peanut butter morsels
1 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Press firmly onto bottom of a lightly greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. (Mixture will be thin.) Bake 12 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.
Microwave corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Stir in cereal. Press mixture firmly over oat mixture in pan.
Microwave chocolate and peanut butter morsels in a microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Spread over cereal mixture. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Cool 45 minutes. Cut into bars.
Note: We tested with Reese's Peanut Butter Chips and Rice Krispies cereal.
I thought these were great. Easy to put together and YUMMY! I didn't use the PB chips, so I used 2 c. of semi-sweet chips and about 1/2 cup of creamy PB. I am glad I made that change - the bag of PB chips and the bag of chocolate chips would have been WAY too much. Love them!
Very decadent - these bars are like a chocolate covered peanut butter rice crispy treat!! I was going to bring the majority of the bars into my office but decided that I will save them for Easter treats instead. I ran short of light corn syrup so I added dark corn syrup to make up the difference, I also used light brown sugar instead of dark brown sugar and they came out fabulous. I used large glass measuring cups for the melting stages and they worked great. Will definitely be making this again.
Very sweet but very good. A lot of great flavor combinations with a crispness of cereal, peanut butter and chocolate are always a great pair, and I always like oats in a recipe. A hit with my co-workers!
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