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Monday, December 21, 2009

PayDay Bars Variation

I have been making these PayDay Bars for a little while now and every where I bring them people love them. Well, I was at a Project Parenting Christmas Playdate and they were served, but with a twist! Instead of making the crust with flour, brown sugar etc, they used a short cut and used a box of yellow cake mix! It was SOOO good! This variation will be one I use for sure if I have cake mix on hand, but I wouldn't buy one just for this recipe. EIther way, these are a great snack.

Salted Peanut Chews

Prep time:35 minutes (ready in 1 hour 35 minutes)

CRUST
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 egg yolks
3 cups mini marshmallows

**Variation: Mix 1 yellow cake mix, 1 egg, 1/3 c butter and press into pan. Bake 350 12-13 min. Top w/marshmallows

TOPPING
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 (10 oz) pkg peanut butter chips
2 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups salted peanuts

1) Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, combine all crust ingredients except marshmallows at low speed until crumbly (I just used a pastry blender and cut the butter in). Press firmly in bottom of ungreased 13x9" pan. Bake at 350 F for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
2) Remove crust from oven. Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows.
3) Return to oven; bake an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows just begin to puff. Cool while preparing topping.
4) In large saucepan, combine all topping ingredients except cereal and peanuts. Heat just until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and peanuts. Immediately spoon warm topping over marshmallows; spread to cover. Refrigerate 45 minutes or until firm (mine took longer than 45 min to firm). Cut into bars.
Yields: 36 bars

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