Monday, October 3, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter or Butterscotch Crunch Bars

Oh, these are delicious!  A quick recipe for the sweet tooth that takes only the microwave!  This is a recipe from my friend Janice and I am so thankful she shared!  I used butterscotch chips when I made them, but when I had hers they were made with the peanut butter chips.  Both ways are really good!  -Kristin

1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
3 cups mini pretzel twists (about 1 2/3 cups coarsely crushed), divided
3 cups crisp rice cereal
3/4 cup butter, divided
1 bag miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
1 bag peanut butter or butterscotch morsels
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

  • Coarsely chop peanuts using food chopper, set aside. 
  • Place pretzels into large resealable plastic bag: coarsely crush using flat side of meat tenderizer. Set aside 1/3 cup of the pretzels. 
  • Place remaining pretzels and cereal in mixing bowl. 
  • Place 6 Tbsp. of the butter in bowl. Microwave on high 60-90 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; microwave on high 60-90 seconds. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted.
  • Immediately add marshmallow mixture to the pretzel and cereal mixture; mix thoroughly. Firmly press and spread crust evenly in a greased 9x13 pan. 
  • Combine 2 Tbsp. of the butter and half of the corn syrup in bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high 60-90 seconds or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in peanut butter or butterscotch morsels; mix until melted (mixture will be stiff). Spread this mixture over crust using spatula. 
  • For ganache, place remaining butter and corn syrup in bowl. Microwave on high 60-90 seconds or until melted. Stir in chocolate morsels; mix until smooth. Spread ganache evenly over peanut butter mixture. 
  • Sprinkle with peanuts and reserved pretzels.
  • Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut into 24 bars and then cut those in half.

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