Crunchy Marshmallow Bars

chocolate marshamallow barsThings have been just hopping here at my house! We’ve had almost steady company for a few weeks now – mostly kids.

That means I’ve served up a lot of food.

A lot.

Being the good aunt that I am – that means every meal needs a sweet treat! 🙂

And – since it was so hot – I didn’t want to run my oven. So we’ve been enjoying lots of no-bake and little bake bars.

Dagmar and her cousin Molly found this recipe in one of my Taste of Home cookbooks and whipped them up one afternoon.

Several giggles and BLT’S (bites, licks and tastes) later – they presented us with these yummy bars.

Crunchy Marshmallow Bars

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 – 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups miniature marshmallows
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 butter or margarine
1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup plain M & M’s

Cream together the butter and brown sugar. beat in the egg yolks and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add to the creamed mixture until it resembles course crumbs (do not overmix).

Press into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows and bake another 2-3 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed. Cool on a wire rack.

Combine the corn syrup, butter, and peanut butter chips in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.

Stir in the vanilla, cereal, nuts and M & M’s. Spread over the crust.

Cool before cutting and serving.