Salted Peanut Bars

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.

Salted Peanut Chews

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!

Ingredients in Salted Peanut Bars

  • Butter - I always use unsalted butter when baking.
  • Brown Sugar - brown sugar sweetens the bottom crust layer of these peanut bars.
  • Flour - I use unbleached all-purpose flour.
  • Egg
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Marshmallows
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peanut Butter Chips- peanut butter chips add yummy peanut butter flavor to the topping.
  • Crispy Rice Cereal - crispy cereal make these bars delicious and crispy!
  • Salted Peanuts
Salted Peanut Chews

How to Make Salted Peanut Bars

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!  

Salted Peanut Chews

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Salted Peanut Bars

Salted Peanut Bars

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.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 295kcal



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows


  • cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces peanut butter chips
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted roasted peanuts chopped



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • In large bowl beat all base ingredients except marshmallows on low speed with electric mixer until crumbly. 
  • Press into 9×13″ baking dish.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Top with marshmallows and bake 2 more minutes.   


  • Mix corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and peanut butter chips over medium heat in large saucepan, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth.
  • Once smooth, remove from heat and add in peanuts and cereal and mix until well combined.
  • Pour mixture over marshmallows and spread it out evenly.
  • Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes
  • Cut into square and enjoy!


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. strange sequence of events...
    Dan W. was talking about this amazing cookie that has a peanut butter egg inside a couple weeks ago here at the residency. He mentioned it was from someone in a class below us or so... Then I made salted nut roll bars last night for Justin to take to work - they have made me famous there - and brought a few into the guys here on campus. Dan had your blog open and was looking at your blog and saw this post, and I pulled my treats out at the exact same time!! Mine look exactly the same, the only difference in the recipe is my base uses yellow cake mix. They are a hit! And delicious! I'm excited to follow your blog more.

  2. Salty and Sweet sound perfect to me! I love your sweet potato and black bean enchiladas, I'll def have to try those babies! 😉
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