Get your crunch on with these Salted Nut Bars. There is a delicious cake bottom, marshmallows in the middle, and then topped with peanuts and chocolate. A little bit of everything for one great dessert.
Making Salted Nut Bars
Salted Nut Bars are a layered dessert, so let’s start from the bottom. In a 13 x 9 dish, press the cake mixture into the pan and bake for about 11 minutes. In the meantime, mix the peanuts together with the Rice Krispies and start melting the chocolate chip mixture on the stove. Take the cake out of the oven and cover with the mini marshmallows. The dish goes back into the oven until the marshmallows puff up, about 3 minutes.
Next, pour the chocolate chip mixture over the peanut mixture and mix thoroughly. Lastly, pour the peanut mixture on top of the marshmallows and you’re done!
After the Salted Nut Bars have cooled, cut them into bars. There you have it, Salted Nut Bars…they’ll satisfy any sweet or salty cravings, and they’re pretty easy to make.
Customize these dessert bars
Change up these bad-boys if you want to, here’s how. Keep them all peanutty by using peanut butter baking chips instead of the chocolate chips. Or hey, let’s swap out the yellow cake mix for a chocolate or vanilla cake mix. Use your favorite flavors or whatever you already have in the cupboard…beats having to go to the store again. LOL!
Salted Nut Bars
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 egg
- 3 cups miniature marshmallows
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 2 cups Rice Krispies
- 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13 x 9 baking pan.
- Mix cake, 1/4 cup melted butter, and egg. Press into greased pan. Bake 10 - 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Place marshmallows over cake and return to oven for approx. 3 minutes until marshmallows puff up.
- In medium bowl, mix peanuts and Rice Krispies.
- Melt baking chips with corn syrup and 1/2 cup butter. Add vanilla. Pour over nuts and Rice Krispies and stir. Spread over marshmallows.
- Cool. Cut into bars when set. Keeps well in container in refrigerator or freezer. Don't refrigerate before cutting into bars, gets too stiff.
In the mean time, I hope you enjoy these Salted Nut Bars, they were one of my mom’s favorites. I’m actually reading the recipe in her hand writing — she was a great cook! Thanks Mom!
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