Easy Salted Peanut Chews are chewy bars that have all the flavor of a salted peanut roll candy, but are much easier to make and sure to be a new Holiday favorite at your Nest.
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Guilty pleasures come in all forms! One of mine … salted peanut rolls! They’re always looming out at me from the check stand at the market, or farm supply, boasting their “2 for $2.00” bright red sign. The luscious covered peanuts, the gooey marshmallow filling…YUM!
Several years ago I came across this recipe for “Salted Peanut Chews” in one of those infamous Pillsbury mini cookbooks. I couldn’t wait to make them. They held the promise of the salted peanut roll in a cookie! Thankfully…they did not disappoint!
This Holiday treat is super easy to make with just a few standard pantry ingredients. So let’s do some baking!
Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
In the bowl of your mixer, combine one yellow cake mix, 1/3 cup softened butter, and 1 egg.
Mix on low speed until crumbly. Place in the bottom of ungreased 9 x 13 glass baking pan.
Press in the bottom of the pan with your hand. Press dough so that it covers the entire bottom of the baking dish.
Bake the crust, on the center of oven rack, for 12 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown.
Remove pan from oven; immediately sprinkle with marshmallows. Little pillows of happiness and joy! I love the gooey layer these little sugary creamy snowballs create!
Return the pan back to the oven! Yep, we’re gonna melt those little balls of happiness! Make’em puff up like little balloons!
Bake an additional 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows begin to puff…like your guests at the Thanksgiving dinner table!
Cool the crust and marshmallows while you make the chewy peanut layer.
In a large sauce pan, over medium low heat, add 2/3 cup corn syrup, 1/4 cup butter, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 package of peanut butter chips.
Stir constantly until chips are melted and the mixture is smooth!
Remove mixture from the heat, and stir in 2 cups rice crisp cereal and 2 cups salted peanuts. The rice crisp cereal adds a little extra “crunch” to the peanut layer.
Immediately, this means RIGHT AWAY…so the Barbie with her hair stuck in the ceiling fan will have to wait! (If you’re a Mom you’re not even questioning how the Barbie got her hair stuck in the ceiling fan! Right?)
Anywho…Immediately spoon warm peanut topping over those puffy marshmallows. Use a rubber spatula to spread evenly in pan.
Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars. Now you may need the strength of Hercules to cut trough the peanut layer…but if you let them set out for a little bit they’ll cut easier. I just caution you not to leave them out too long or they can get too sticky to cut!
Trust me… it will be worth the Cardio workout in the end! Store in a covered container until ready to serve.
If you love the flavors of a salted peanut roll candy, you’ll love this sweet and salty peanut butter bar recipe! They’ll add a little nutty delight to your cookie party tray this Holiday Season!
This recipe makes 48 bars…just enough for you to share with me…or your friends and family…if ya must! lol
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