Thursday, December 6, 2007

Salted Peanut Chews ..... Day Six of "Twelve Days Of Christmas Cookies".

Salted Peanut Chews
A classmate of mine has shared her recipe for a bar cookie. The recipe is guaranteed to be kid tested and has passed the test of time. It has been highly approved by her family. Thank you Lee for sharing the recipe and also the photo.
Life has allot of irony. I was often asked by upper class men if my name was Leora (as we knew her then) as I guess we had a resemblance. Today her nephew is married to my niece and they are parents of three cute little girls.
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick margarine or butter
1 egg
3 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350. In a deep bowl add the yellow cake mix, egg, and margarine or butter; mix the ingredients until they resemble coarse crumbs. Press mixture in an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake 15 minutes until golden brown. Immediately place the 3 cups of miniature marshmallows over base, return to oven 2 to 3 minutes until marshmallows puff slightly. Remove from oven to cool slightly while preparing the topping.
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 12-oz. package chocolate chips
2 cups salted peanuts
2 cups rice krispies
Place the corn syrup, margarine or butter, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a pan over medium low heat and stirring constantly until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and add the rice krispies and salted peanuts. Stir just to mix and immediately pour over base and spread evenly. Chill and cut into bars. Store in a covered container.
Note: Lee offers variations to her recipe. She has often used a chocolate cake mix and instead of the chocolate chips she has used the peanut butter flavor. Lee offers, let your imagination run with this recipe.

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