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Bottom-of-the-Cookie-Jar Marshmallow-Graham Bars

Need an incentive to clean out your pantry? Let these no-bake cereal bars, studded with cookie pieces and flavored with peanut butter, be your motivation.
By Tieghan Gerard
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If you are anything like me, then you pretty much keep your cookie jar (and pantry) full at all times. And sometimes, I want to try a new cookie recipe, but there are old cookies are still looming in the bottom of my jar. Sure, I could probably just eat them all myself, feed them to the boys or pitch them, but I have found a much better and even more delicious solution. It’s a simple no-bake bar—a hybrid of a chewy, marshmallow cereal treat and a peanut butter s’mores bar. And yes, they are as deliciously indulgent as they sound.

Here is what you need: 6 tablespoons of butter, 6 cups of mini marshmallows, 3 cups of Golden Grahams cereal, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter and 2 cups of your favorite cookies. I used peanut butter sandwich cookies, cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter-stuffed pretzels, but really, any combination will do!

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The only ingredient that requires prepping are the cookies. Simply give them a rough chop and you’re ready to move on.

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Add the marshmallows, butter and peanut butter to a large saucepan and place over medium heat.

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Stir the mixture continuously until it’s smooth and melted.

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Remove from heat, then stir in the Golden Grahams cereal and cookies pieces, making sure to include the crumbs. Mix it all together until well-combined.

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Press the mixture into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Melt 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, nuking on high in 30-second increments ‘til chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the bars and stick in the fridge until firm (about an hour).

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Remove from the fridge and cut into bars. To make slicing easier, try spraying your knife down with non-stick cooking spray or warming it under hot running water.

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Enjoy!

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