Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bon Bon Bars


Peanut butter and chocolate....need I say more?    I only wish I had my husband's metabolism and I could eat the whole pan!!  I'm not kidding, these are that good.



The original recipe is from www.yourcupofcake.com, called Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats. A wonderful and delicious recipe, though I needed to make some changes. The end result reminded my daughter of one of our own most treasured recipes, Lucille's Bon Bons. I think you are going to love this tasty treat.

Before we start, make this note: Do not substitute crunchy peanut butter for smooth in this recipe, it will not turn out the same. I tried it, I will never make that mistake again.

*Some of the  preparation is in the microwave - please use microwavable cookware.

Bon Bon Bars       Serves   12-24 (depending on the size of squares you cut)
1st Layer: 
3 -3/4 cups Crispy rice cereal - I used Kellogg's gluten free Rice Krispies.
1 -1/4 cups marshmallows
2 -1/2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
3/4 tsp vanilla extract

2nd Layer:
1 cup butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 -3/4 cup powdered sugar, use up to 3 cups if needed.
1 -1/4 cup mini chocolate peanut butter cup candies (check company for listed gluten free ingredients)

3rd Layer:
3 -3/4 cups Crispy rice cereal - gluten free if preferred
1 -1/4 cups marshmallows
2 -1/2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
3/4 tsp vanilla extract

4th Layer:
1 cup plus 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Grease bottom and sides of 9"x13" baking pan with butter.
1st Layer:
Put 3 -3/4 cup cereal in a small bowl.
In a large bowl add marshmallows, butter, peanut butter and vanilla. Melt in microwave about 45 seconds. Stir. Microwave a few more seconds if needed and stir again. Do this until mixture is smooth, (don't overcook) add cereal from small bowl. Mix well. Press firmly in bottom of prepared pan. 

2nd Layer:
Measure powdered sugar and set aside. On the stove top or microwave, melt butter and peanut butter until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Spread over 1st layer. Top with rows of mini peanut butter cups, push down gently so they sit in the mixture a bit.
Place pan in refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes to let the 2nd layer set.

3rd Layer:
This layer is prepared exactly like the first layer. Spread over mini peanut butter cups. Cover entire layer and press firmly but don't squish the peanut butter cups : )

4th Layer:
On the stove top in a small sauce pan, melt peanut butter and chocolate chips. Stir until creamy. Remove from heat and let cool for a couple minutes. Pour over 3rd layer. Return to freezer or refrigerator until firm.




  Cut into whatever size squares you like!!  Store in fridge or freezer. 

Enjoy!



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