Friday, January 11, 2008

Yummy Peanut Treat

My sister-in-law made these at Christmas-time this year, and they are amazing! I couldn't stop eating them. They're really good after they come out the freezer.

Salted Peanut Chews (I know, totally lame name)

Base: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
3 cups miniature marshmallows

Topping: 2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (10 oz.) pkg. Peanut butter chips
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all base ingredients except marshmallows at low speed until crumbly. Press firmly in bottom of ungreased 13X9X2" pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 min. or until light golden brown. Removed from oven; immediately sprinkle with marshmallows. Return to oven; bake an additional 1-2 min. or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool while preparing topping.

In 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 45 minutes or until firm. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Yield: 36 bars

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