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Caramel Peanut Popcorn Squares

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 2 hr 10 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 24 servings
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Gooey marshmallows and caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts combine into one decadent sweet-crunchy dessert bar.

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookies
3 1/2
cups miniature marshmallows
1
bag (3 oz) butter-flavored microwave popcorn, popped (8 cups)
1
cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
1
bag (10 oz) peanut butter chips (1 2/3 cups)
2/3
cup light corn syrup
1/4
cup butter or margarine
1
cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
  • 2 Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Sprinkle marshmallows over crust. Bake 3 minutes longer or until marshmallows are puffed but not browned.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix popcorn and peanuts; set aside. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave peanut butter chips, corn syrup and butter uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; stir to coat completely. Immediately press mixture over marshmallows in even layer using back of spoon.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until softened and chips can be stirred smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over bars. Cool on cooling rack 1 hour. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
  • 2 Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until light golden brown. Sprinkle marshmallows over crust. Bake 3 minutes longer or until marshmallows are puffed but not browned.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix popcorn and peanuts; set aside. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave peanut butter chips, corn syrup and butter uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; stir to coat completely. Immediately press mixture over marshmallows in even layer using back of spoon.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until softened and chips can be stirred smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over bars. Cool on cooling rack 1 hour. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

Popcorn and peanuts are the star ingredients in these bars. A gooey marshmallow layer holds it all together.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
0%
Saturated Fat
9g
0%
Sodium
180mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1 1/2g
0%
Protein
7g
7%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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