Salted Peanut Chews

Usually all it takes is me seeing the words “peanut” or “peanut butter” in a recipe title to get me to save it immediately. And sometimes it takes even less time for me to get my butt in the kitchen and whip it up. For some reason, however, these beauties slipped through the cracks. Part of it is probably due to my habit of saving recipes in multiple locations – doggy-eared magazines, binders with clipped recipes, Google Reader, regular ol’ bookmarks, and who knows where else. I don’t remember when I saved this recipe, but I was doing a purge of my bookmarks last week when it jumped out at me. A cookie bar topped with marshmallows and then a layer of goodness that can only be described as a cross between a Rice Krispy treat, peanut brittle and peanut caramel. So in essence, only the most fabulous things ever!

This is a pretty easy recipe to throw together, with positively amazing results! The one caution I have is that when you make the peanut topping, you really need to work a bit quickly. It’s key to only heat the mixture until the chips are melted and everything is smooth; if you overcook the mixture it will start to thicken and harden (much like caramel). So, cook only until everything is melted, and then move swiftly with getting it smoothed out on top of the marshmallows.

Then pop it in the fridge and try to restrain yourself for about 45 minutes while it chills and sets. All of that willpower will be worth it, though, when you have a whole pan of these babies sitting in front of you. Totally delicious and addicting – consider yourself warned!

One year ago: Easy Vanilla Bean Buttercream
Two years ago: Blueberry Crumb Cake

Salted Peanut Chews

Yield: 36 bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes (active), 45 minutes (inactive)

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For the Base:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
3 cups miniature marshmallows

For the Topping:
2/3 cup light corn syrup
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 bag (10 ounces) peanut butter chips (1-2/3 cups)
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat all the base ingredients except the marshmallows with an electric mixer on low speed until crumbly. Press the mixture firmly in the bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch pan.

2. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows over the base. Base 1 to 2 minutes longer or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool while preparing topping.

3. In a 3-quart saucepan, mix all topping ingredients except cereal and peanuts. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, just until the chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in the cereal and peanuts. Immediately spoon the warm topping over marshmallows; spread to cover. Refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes. Cut into 36 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from


60 Responses to “Salted Peanut Chews”

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  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I am the same way about saving peanut butter recipes! This looks like a winner:-)


  2. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking on March 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Oh MY goodness, these look fantastic!!


  3. LimeCake on March 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Oh my peanut butter is my weakness but this looks divine!


  4. Blog is the New Black on March 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Too early for these?


  5. Rodzilla on March 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I thought your one caution was going to be that you may eat the entire pan. These look amazing.


  6. Brooke (Baking with Basil) on March 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

    We make these every year for the holidays! They kind of remind me of a Pay Day. Soo good!!


  7. Caroline on March 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Speaking of too many bookmarks, I’m adding this to my list right now. There is a certain peanut butter lover in my family who would go crazy over these – I can’t wait to try them!


  8. Arlene on March 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

    It’s a good thing I don’t have all these ingredients or I’d be chomping away already. These are really calling out to me. I definitely have to try them sometime soon.


  9. Lisa on March 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I cannot wait to try these! Thank you! :)


  10. Katrina on March 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Yum! These bars look fabulous! I’m so glad you didn’t accidentally throw this recipe out when you were getting rid of your old bookmarked recipes!


  11. Kelly on March 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

    The top of these remind me of PayDay bars. They look so good – can’t wait to try!


  12. Erin on March 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I have a weakness for peanut butter as well. But I have a suggestion to remedy lost recipes. Whenever I find one online, I use CutePDF Writer (free software which can be downloaded online if you don’t have a PDF writer already) to “print” the recipe as a PDF. I then save it in a “Recipe” folder with subcategories already set up. All organized AND allows for searching within the folders, yay!


  13. shelly (cookies and cups) on March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

    omg..I seriously just made these yesterday to post today..ugh!! Great minds…guess I will save that post :)


  14. Sanjeeta kk on March 24, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Peanut butter goodies! They look so easy to make and scrumptious too.


  15. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on March 24, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Those look SO GOOD! I need to find an excuse to make them ASAP!


  16. Jenny Flake on March 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Loving these bars!!


  17. Sara on March 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

    These look great, especially for a peanut butter lover like me.


  18. jen @ the baked life on March 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

    this looks amazing!

    I’m the same, book mark anything with peanut/peanut butter in the title. It’s worst when it’s a mix of peanut butter and chocolate.


  19. Steph@stephsbitebybite on March 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I don’t think that I could wait 45 mintues for these :/ I wish my computer was an online vending machine! YUM!


  20. Hannah at FleurDeLicious on March 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Ok…there were 100+ new unread messages in my inbox this morning…and this is the first and only thing I read before calling it quits. Mostly because I immediately checked for and made a list of ingredients, to be made as soon as I get home from work. These look perfect!!


  21. Christina on March 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

    These look so good, I love salty peanuts with sweet stuff!


  22. Katie on March 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Only one word needed – YUM!


  23. Kelsey on March 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I bet cashews would be great too!


  24. Kathy on March 24, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    These taste like Payday candy bars–I’ve been making these for a few years and I love ’em’!


  25. Lauren on March 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Oh My Gosh…..these look like heaven. I am headed to my kitchen to see if i can make these NOW!!!!


  26. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on March 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This looks like such a delicious combination! Yum!


  27. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on March 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    These look great! I would definitely be tempted to dip them in chocolate :)


  28. Amy's Cooking Adventures on March 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Delish–another great dessert!


  29. Jill@MadAboutMacarons on March 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Stunningly wicked. Great shot. You’ve done it again! Amazing.


  30. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes on March 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my goodness. I need to have several pieces of this in my tummy right now.

    This recipe is right up my alley and I can’t wait to give it a try.

    Thank you so much!


  31. Aggie on March 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    goodness gracious…yes, I have a total weakness for peanut butter. These looks so amazing and would not last very long in my home.


  32. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom on March 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Saw the picture on your Facebook page before I read it in my RSS Feeds and ran to my kitchen to see if we had any peanuts. Alas, we’ll have to wait until I get all the ingredients. Looks too marvelous to wait.


  33. Emily on March 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    These look and sound amazing! Lovely pictures. I’m having a MAJOR craving now!


  34. Happy When Not Hungry on March 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Wow these chews look amazing! Love how simple the recipe is too. Yum!


  35. Joy on March 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    That looks great.


  36. Felice on March 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    These look so good. I am looking forward to trying this recipe.


  37. the urban baker on March 25, 2011 at 12:34 am

    okay- I am sold. I have to make these! looks crazy good!


  38. HeatherChristo on March 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    These are over the top, 100 percent up my alley! I will be making these really soon. Thank God for peanut butter chips and marshmallows.


  39. Katarina on March 26, 2011 at 5:12 am

    These look really delicious!


  40. Mariah on March 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Quick question–I can’t get peanut butter chips where I live. Do you know if replacing the chips and the corn syrup with regular peanut butter would do? Thank you!


    • Michelle on April 1st, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Mariah, That’s a tough one, I am not sure about mixing peanut butter with corn syrup, if that would give the same consistency. It might, let me know how it turns out if you try it!


  41. Susan @ SGCC on March 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! These look heavenly! I’m gonna be thinking about them all night!


  42. tia @ buttercreambarbie on March 27, 2011 at 2:20 am

    hi! these look great – i hpoe you don’t mind if i put them on my april 7th round up of copycat recipes:?
    last month was at


    • Michelle on April 1st, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Tia, Sure you are more than welcome to include them.


  43. Curry and Comfort on March 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

    These look fantastic! Yum!


  44. Kath on March 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Your Salted Peanut Chews so remind me of the flavors of one of my favorite candies when I was a kid – Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls (! I’m bookmarking this one!


  45. Erin A on March 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    It seems to be we are all about peanuts and pb! I made and posted Peanut Butter Cupcakes with PB&J Buttercream…yes really buttercream that tastes like pb&J, today. I want to try these bars…they look / sound goooooood! :)


  46. Wende on April 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try it. I shared this recipe on my Must Try Tuesday blog post.



  47. Gina on April 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I made these for my family this weekend and they are sooooo good!! I can’t wait to make them again. Thank you so much – – from ALL of us! :)


  48. Erin @ Making Memories on April 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Holy heck! These look amazing!!! Can’t wait to make them! Thanks!


  49. Mel on April 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve been making this exact recipe for oh…years and years…they’re so yummy :) I got the recipe from a Betty Crocker Baking Book, just FYI. I always make two pans of them at Christmas…one pan goes out as gifts, the other pan stays home with me 😀


  50. on April 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

    WOW these Salted Peanut Chews look totally yum to me I so want to try them!


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