Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Peanut Bars

These were quick and easy to put together.  I used up some colored marshmallows that I had on hand and mixed them with regular mini marshmallows.

1 15.25 oz. yellow cake mix
1 egg
5 Tablespoons margarine, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
10 oz. bag peanut butter chips
4 cups miniature marshmallows
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups rice cereal
2 cups salted roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together cake mix, egg and margarine until crumbly. Pat cake mix mixture in an ungreased 13x9 pan. Cook 12 to 15 minutes until light golden brown. Take out of oven, add marshmallows evenly over top. Place back in oven 2 to 4 minutes, watching carefully not to brown, until just puffed. Take out of oven to cool. While cooling, start topping. **** In a saucepan combine sugar, water, peanut butter chips. Heat until just melted, stirring to prevent sticking and burning. Stir in vanilla extract, then rice cereal and roasted peanuts. Work fast, it will set and be difficult to spread if it gets hard. Spread over marshmallows. Cool in refrigerator to set topping. Remove from refrigerator and keep at room temperature. ****Beth melted the peanut butter chips, water and sugar in the microwave.  I found I just needed 1 minute to get them to melt.

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