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I can’t believe it’s already November. And I can’t believe how busy life has kept me. I thought that I’d have all of this time now that I’m not working, but really, I’m busier than I’ve ever been. Work is starting to seem like it was a vacation!!

As the year gets closer to it’s end, I’m lucky that I’ve at least had a little bit of extra time in the kitchen. Not much, but enough that I think that I will complete my one and only New Year’s resolution for this year – my Cookbook Project. I’m going to be cutting it close, but I’m getting there!

This recipe comes from one of my cookbooks – if it really counts as a cookbook! I’ve mentioned before that I’m one that occasionally falls victim to the pretty mailers they send me about cookbooks. Well, when I ordered one of these cookbooks, this “free” gift of a small magazine-like cookbook came with that book purchase. But even though it’s small, it’s proved to be worth it with this recipe alone.

These cookie bars come together quite quickly. And although they were good the day they were made, both my husband and I liked them best the next day. They reminded me of a PayDay, but only on that second day. They only lasted 3 days, but they even tasted different on that third day! The recipe booklet also came with a 7 1/2″ pan (which is one of the cheapest pans I’ve seen!) so the recipe is tailored for that pan, but really, I think it would work just fine with an 8″ pan.

If you are a peanut lover, these are definitely worth making!!

Salted Peanut Chews
slightly adapted from Southern Living Brownies and Bars

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup peanut butter chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 cup salted roasted peanuts

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, softened butter, egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until the mixture becomes crumbly. Press into an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until it is lightly browned. Sprinkle with the marshmallows and bake an additional 2 minutes, or until the marshmallows puff. Cool in the pan.

In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter chips, corn syrup, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Cook over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rice cereal and the peanuts. Spread the mixture over the cooled crust and marshmallows. Cool completely.

Cut into squares.

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46 Responses to Salted Peanut Chews

  1. kat says:

    Oh how yummy these sound

  2. Maria says:

    The chews look wonderful. A great nutty treat!

  3. Bellini Valli says:

    These sound like an excellent recipe for the holidays:D

  4. Ingrid says:

    LOL, I might have gotten that “free” mini cookbook, too! I like it when a “dish” evolves into something different each day but nothing usually last that long in my house!
    ~ingrid

  5. Happy cook says:

    They look so yumm. I can just taste them , bu just looking to the pic, you know what i mean virtually :-)

  6. Eunice says:

    Those look so yummehlicious! I’m going to try it out after my ahem, attempted diet! :D

    Eunice

  7. April says:

    Yum, these look so good!

  8. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Fantastic! Those chew are for me! Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  9. RecipeGirl says:

    Oooo, I happen to love PayDays so these look great.

    I can relate to the ‘busier than ever’ statement. I don’t have any idea how I ever held a full-time job. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get things done!

  10. ashley says:

    are you reading my mind? i’ve been looking for a recipe with peanuts to try cause i have a jar at home I need to use. these look great!

  11. Melanie says:

    I’ve never seen a 7 1/2″ pan before! These look delicious, though, and we love Payday candy bars so I’m sure these would be a huge winner with my family!

  12. bbaking says:

    I really am a peanut lover and as soon as I have had this baby I am making these! yummy! (I cannot eat them when pregnant as my bro in law has severe asthma so my doc advised against it. boo hoo!

  13. Lori says:

    Lipsmacking idea!

  14. Gabi says:

    You should be so proud of yourself for working through your resolution all year! How many of us lose ours by February? :)
    I know I’ve definitely benefited from your dedication! Take it easy off of your feet as you can- that baby baking is hard work!
    xoxo

  15. Mary says:

    Great combination. These sound really scrumptious.

  16. Aggie says:

    Oh, these would not be safe in a room alone with me! Looks great!

  17. HoneyB says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment – It brought me back to your blog. Somehow I lost my list of blogs I used to read and have been having to gradually build it back up! These chews look awesome!

  18. Jennifer says:

    YUMMY! These look like all of the best ingredients in a peanut log, something my mother has always been fond of! I will have to make these!!!

  19. Leonor de Sousa Bastos says:

    WOW!! This looks absolutely yuummyyyyyy!

    Well done!

  20. Nicole says:

    These sound soooooo good!

  21. Emily says:

    I can’t believe it is November already either!!! It is getting major cold and I am not ready for it! But one of these goodies may help me forget about the cold for a bit! They look good!

  22. Dawn says:

    Oh I do love Payday candy bars. This is right up my craving alley. I bet these would be great gifts to give away for the holidays.

  23. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    This has everything I love! Holy Yummmm!

  24. Sophie says:

    Cookie bars are the best, the best of the candy bar and cookie world :).

  25. Regina says:

    Yum – salty and sweet!

  26. Paula says:

    Love the peanuts. This looks amazing with the peanut chips and rice cereal. I think you need a taste tester; I volunteer for the job! YUM!

  27. Mary says:

    Oh my goodness those look amazing! I have to make 6 dozen cookies for church this week and if these would only make a batch that big I would be on it like white on rice!

  28. noble pig says:

    Oh that looks so good, I love Paydays!

  29. kamailesfood says:

    Mmmm…my sister loves Payday! I’ll have to make these when she’s around so I don’t end up eating them all myself! :)

  30. Peabody says:

    Holy moly those sound super addictive.

  31. Debbie says:

    Wow…they look so good. Think I could eat a bunch!

  32. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I usually bake with so many nuts, but never with peanut – and I like it! Great idea, Deb!

  33. Grace says:

    these sound magical! marshmallows, peanut butter chips, peanuts, and rice cereal–all provide great yet different tastes and textures. yum.

  34. Katie says:

    Oh yum these sound delicious. I love really nutty things

  35. Emiline says:

    Yum, yum, yum – I bet these were good!

  36. How To Eat A Cupcake says:

    Mmmm those look SO good!

  37. Rosie says:

    Oh these sound so good and such a lovely treat!

    rosie x

  38. Claire says:

    I have a recipe similar to this that tastes like Paydays, too. OH SO GOOD!

  39. Elle says:

    Sweetie loves peanuts, so these are a must try.
    Once you have your baby, you will find that not working is no vacation. Even retirees say that they had more time when they worked…not sure why that is, but it seems to be true. Hope you enjoy every minute!

  40. Freya says:

    Wowsers! These look truly naughty and delicious!!

  41. Patsyk says:

    I love salty and sweet together! these look like they would be hard to resist.

  42. sunita says:

    I’m going to love this as I adore peanuts :-)

  43. Kelly-Jane says:

    Oh they look so good, I’m sure we’d love these :)

  44. KT says:

    We tried these the other night an they were a hit. Thanks for sharing!

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