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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Salted Peanut Chews

These are one of Jack's favorite bar cookies--I haven't made them in a couple of years. Again they were made for the thank you plates to add variety, but we had to keep half of them because Jack and the boys love them. Jack wishes I would make them more often. I agree they are pretty darn good. So give them a try for your next pot-luck gathering.
Salted Peanut Chews
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg yolks
3 cups mini marshmallows

2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (10 oz) package peanut butter chips
2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups peanuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all crust ingredients except marshmallows at low speed until crumbly. Press firmly into bottom of ungreased 9 x 13 pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven and bake an additional 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool while preparing topping.

In a large saucepan, combine all topping ingredients except cereal and peanuts. Heat just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. immediately spoon warm topping over marshmallows: spread to cover. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.

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