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Marshmallow Sludge Bars

January 22nd, 2009

Marshmallow Sludge Bars

I’m not sure how or why, but somehow a free free sample issue of Cuisine at Home Magazine made it to my mailbox. This was a lucky occurrence however, as it’s quite a nice magazine. The recipes are well written and easy to follow, not to mention tasty looking. One of the recipes that came in the sample issue was for Salted Nut Roll Bars. I tore the page out and it was quickly next in line to be produced in my kitchen. My only cause for hesitance was that Taste Tester had recently criticized my overuse of salted peanuts in my cpb creations. I’ve been using them a good amount in the hopes of getting through the stash that’s been in my pantry.

Wanting to make him happy and also wanting to sneak some chocolate into this chocolate-free recipe, I replaced the two cups of dry-roasted peanuts with milk chocolate chips. The creaminess of milk chocolate is really perfect for this recipe, so I’d stick with it even if you’re tempted to go darker.

I brought these to my office and after they had me describe what was in them (“crushed Nutter Butters, milk chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow, rice krispies”) they laughed and said, “So you pretty much took everything delicious in the world and made it into one bar.” Yeah, that’s pretty much how it went. And all of the layers produced a really nice variation of textures: crumbly crust, rich thick peanut butter layer, fluffy marshmallow and a crispy chocolate topping.

Marshmallow Sludge Bars

The recipe says to use mini marshmallows but they only had large ones at my grocery store. I just snipped them in half and applied them to the peanut butter layer, sticky side down. Maybe it’s a bit more effort, but they’re nice because you encounter big hunks of marshmallow like this:

Marshmallow Sludge Bars

Put your basic Rice Krispie Treats recipe aside and give these a try. You can thank me later!

Recipe after the break.

Marshmallow Sludge Bars
(modified from Cuisine at Home)
Makes 28 Bars

Ingredients
1 lb peanut butter sandwich cookies, coarsely crushed
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 cups peanut butter chips
2/3 cup light corn syrup
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups large marshmallows, snipped in half with kitchen shears
2 cups Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
2 cups Cocoa Krispies Choconilla

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350°, coat a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with nonstick spray
2. Pulverize cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter; process until crumbs clump together. Press crumbs into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
3. Melt peanut butter chips, corn syrup, butter and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth, about 5 minute. Spread 1/2 cup of the peanut butter mixture over crumb base.
4. Top with marshmallows, sticky side down and return bars to the oven. Bake until marshmallows puff, about 2 minutes, then remove from the oven. Don’t let marshmallows brown or they’ll turn crunchy.
5. Toss chocolate chips and cereal with remaining peanut mixture to coat. Drop spoonfuls o the topping over the marshmallows, then spread with a spatula. Cool bars before cutting with a knife.

14 responses so far:

  • OOOH!!

    by VeggieGirlJan 22, 2009 at 9:18 am
  • These look amazing!

    by RisaJan 22, 2009 at 10:28 am
  • I have to second your coworkers…those bars do have all the best treats in them, and they look amazing!

    by ElyseJan 22, 2009 at 10:46 am
  • They look and sound wonderful, but “sludge” oh my…nothing edible should ever use the word “sludge” in the title ;)

    by ErinJan 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm
  • Oh my! Chocolate…peanut butter…AND marshmallows! I NEED to make this! Thanks :)

    by apparentlyjessyJan 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm
  • I am so making these, they sound perfect! I have made something similar but without chocolate or nuts. These look so tempting!

    by bakingblondeJan 23, 2009 at 8:20 am
  • Ouch, I can feel my heart aching out of desire to eat these! I think I’ve put away the idea of rice krispie treats forever…

    by NickJan 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm
  • Well, I am trying to lose some weight right now, but this cake, I just can’t stay away from.

    by LaurenJan 29, 2009 at 9:48 pm
  • Those look really good!

    by KevinJan 30, 2009 at 9:41 am
  • Wow, how have I not found you before? These look awesome, I love choc and Peant butter. Ill be wandering by here often!

    by DonnaFeb 2, 2009 at 7:50 am
  • yummy yummy yummy! i want to make these!

    by MarniFeb 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm
  • Oh my, I can’t wait to make these! Reading through your blog is just mouth watering!

    by MargieFeb 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm
  • I happened upon your blog recently and saw these bars and made them for a church potluck this weekend and came home with an empty pan and lots of raves! These bars are EXCELLENT! So yummy, thank you!!!

    by JaneFeb 23, 2009 at 10:22 am
  • Did you know there is no need to buy marshmallows when you can make your own fabulous vegan marshmallows at home.

    The breakthrough ingredient to making vegan marshmallows is you need a fluffy mixture into which you beat the jell mixture. Soy protein isolate is what the commercial vegan marshmallow makers use for the fluffy stuff.

    See the recipe at;

    http://www.meatandeggfree.com/agar-marshmallows.html

    by JennieMay 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm

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