Salted Nut Roll Bars with Peanuts and Marshmallows

Crunchy, chewy, salty, sweet-this bar has it all! The base is made with pulverized Nutter Butter cookies, and anything that starts with a crust made of Nutter Butters has to be good! :D If you are a fan of peanut butter watch out! These bars are a peanut butter lovers dream-peanut butter chips, marshmallows, and roasted peanuts are spread onto a peanut butter cookie crust. These crisp and gooey bars are great to have on hand for unexpected holiday guests or for an afternoon pick me up.

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Salted Nut Roll Bars with Peanuts and Marshmallows

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For the Base:

  • 1 pound peanut butter sandwich cookies, coarsely crumbled
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal

Ingredients:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9X13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. Place cookies in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse cookies until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter, process until crumbs clump together.
  3. Press crumbs into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. While the base is baking, melt the peanut butter chips, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  5. Spread ½ cup of the peanut mixture over crumb base. Top with marshmallows and return the pan to the oven. Bake until marshmallows puff up, about 2 minutes, then remove from oven. (DO NOT let the marshmallows brown or they will turn crunchy.)
  6. In a large bowl, toss peanuts and cereal with the remaining peanut mixture to coat.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of the topping over the marshmallows, then press and spread evenly with a spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to prevent sticking). Cool bars completely before cutting into squares.

Yields: 24-28 bars

Source: Cuisine at Home Magazine, Cookies for the Holiday 2010

17 Responses to “Salted Nut Roll Bars with Peanuts and Marshmallows”

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — December 6, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    If a guest showed up, that tin would already be empty at our house!

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    sarahmyers — December 6, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    Yum! I’m not a huge peanut fan (just a little goes a long way for me) so I might try these with chocolate chips and pecans or walnuts.

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    jennknee — December 6, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Oh sweet yum! Those look fantastic! Great addition to the holiday bake list!
    By the way! I made the chocolate peanut butter surprise cookies – they were a an absolute HIT! Thanks so much for your great recipes and ideas :)

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    Judy — December 6, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    Love the textures, what a great holiday idea!

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    Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare — December 6, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    These look really good! I stumbled it to save for later! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Willa

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    Caroline — December 6, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I’m an avid peanut butter fan, so these are my kind of bar! They sound way too delicious and look like a work of art. :)

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    Just A Smidgen — December 6, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    Wow! This is a home-run! I loved the ingredients, (peanut butter lover here) and the photos with the primary colors are awesome! This will get bookmarked for Christmas…

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    Sarti — December 6, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    I love the layering of the bars. I can imagine how tastes combine after just small bite :)

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    Michael Ann Riley — December 7, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    This looks like a recipe I HAVE to try. Forget everyone else, I myself will eat them all! I love peanuts and marshmallows together. The cookie crust is intriguing!

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    Chica Andaluza — December 7, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    Wish I could get all the ingredients to make these – sigh!

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    Erika K @ Best Food Processor Info — December 7, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Oh, these are like Pearson’ nut rolls! But I’ve never heard of peanut butter chips. Who makes those? I’ll be looking that up because I had a hard enough time finding vanilla chips here in town. They look delicious enough to make the effort, though. :)

    Erika

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    vianney — December 7, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    My hubby would LOVE these!! thanks for sharing, bookmarking for the weekend!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 7, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    These look addicting and delicious!

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    Curt — December 11, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Salted Nut Roll Bars are my absolute favorite candy bar. These look really great!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — December 15, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    do you think these would freeze well??

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    originaljenn — December 18, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    I made these for our Christmas cookie plates this year – HUGE hit so far. Everyone that’s tried them has asked for the recipe and they’re so easy my 2 year old helped me make them. These are definitely coming back next year.

    • Christina replied: — December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

      I am so glad that everyone enjoyed the bars! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! :)

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