Caramel Peanut Popcorn Squares

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Squares

Gooey marshmallows and caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts combine into one decadent sweet-crunchy dessert bar.

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roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated peanut butter cookies
3 1/2
cups miniature marshmallows
bag (3 oz) butter-flavored microwave popcorn, popped (8 cups)
cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
bag (10 oz) peanut butter chips (1 2/3 cups)
cup light corn syrup
cup butter or margarine
cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
  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.
Makes 24 Servings (1 square)
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Flavor Tip
Popcorn and peanuts are the star ingredients in these bars. A gooey marshmallow layer holds it all together.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 330
    • Total Fat 16g
      • (Saturated Fat 9g,),
    • Sodium 180mg;
    • Total Carbohydrate 39g
      • (Dietary Fiber 1 1/2g,
    • Protein 7g;
    Percent Daily Value*:
      • 1/2 Starch;
      • 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
      • 1 High-Fat Meat;
      • 2 Fat;
      Carbohydrate Choices:
      • 2;
      *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.