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Caramel Peanut Popcorn Squares

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Caramel Peanut Popcorn Squares
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 24
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Gooey marshmallows and caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts combine into one decadent sweet-crunchy dessert bar.
Updated Sep 28, 2020

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. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER PRESSING DOUGH IN PAN WITH FLOURED FINGERS.)
  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Popcorn and peanuts are the star ingredients in these bars. A gooey marshmallow layer holds it all together.

Nutrition

330 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 7g Protein, 39g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Total Fat
16g
0%
Saturated Fat
9g
0%
Sodium
180mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1 1/2g
0%
Protein
7g
% 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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