Salted Peanut Bars are a combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, and pure deliciousness! These bars are made with marshmallows, peanuts, crispy rice cereal, and a shortbread base.
I absolutely love the combination of salty and sweet. It satisfies that craving for something sweet but also feels a little savory, as well. These Salted Peanut Bars are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, with the sweet base and marshmallows combined with the peanut topping made with salted peanuts!
I first made these ten years ago back when I was in graduate school. Since then, I've made these a number of times. They're perfect for a potluck dessert, a treat for your neighbors and bus driver, and a sweet treat to enjoy at home!
This recipe has three main components - the base, the marshmallow layer, and the peanut topping. Three parts but it comes together really quickly.
To make the base, simply combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, light brown sugar, salt, butter, vanilla extract, and egg yolks. Press into a 9x13" pan and bake. Once it's baked, sprinkle mini marshmallows and bake another 2 minutes.
To make the topping, combine light corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla, and peanut butter chips in a saucepan and melt until smooth. Stir in the crispy rice cereal and peanuts and then spread over the marshmallows. Let the bars cool in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes and then they're ready to go! Slice into squares, serve, and enjoy!
These Salted Peanut Bars are chewy and salty, as the name suggests, and disappear in minutes every time I make them. Definitely a winner!