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Category: Desserts

No-bake peanut butter bars

No-bake peanut butter bars
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Cookie bars, sliced pie squares, granola bars and crisped rice treats. Whether topped with a drizzle of chocolate or a crumbly streusel topping, bars are the go-to treats for bake sales and school lunches, perfect for potlucks and office parties, ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes, plus chilling times | Makes 16 to 20 bars
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar plus 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter, divided
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) box crisped rice cereal
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • ½ to 1 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Step 1In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 12 ounces peanut butter and the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

Step 2Crush the crisped rice cereal to a coarse meal: Pulse the cereal in batches using a food processor, or place the cereal in a large sealable plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin.

Step 3Add the cereal to the peanut butter mixture and beat to combine. Press the mixture into a greased 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Chill until firm.

Step 4Place 2 cups chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup or dish and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until melted and smooth. Stir in the remaining 1/3 cup peanut butter until fully combined and smooth. Spread the melted chocolate mixture over the peanut butter bars. Sprinkle over the peanuts. Melt the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips, then drizzle the melted chocolate over the peanuts. Chill until the chocolate is firm, then cut into bars.

Each of 20 bars:
Calories 410; Protein 8 grams; Carbohydrates 46 grams; Fiber 3 grams; Fat 25 grams; Saturated fat 9 grams; Cholesterol 12 mg; Sugar 26 grams; Sodium 211 mg
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