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No-bake peanut butter bars

Time30 minutes
YieldsMakes 16 to 20 bars
No-bake peanut butter bars
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times )
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These “no-bake” bars require little effort and only a handful of ingredients. They make a great kitchen project for kids of all ages, keeping us occupied and providing the perfect school or cubicle snack all at the same time.

From the story: Raising the bar for terrific back-to-school and back-to-the-office snacks

1

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 12 ounces peanut butter and the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

2

Crush the crisped rice cereal to a coarse meal: Pulse the cereal in batches using a food processor, or place the cereal in a large sealable plastic bag and crush using a rolling pin.

3

Add the cereal to the peanut butter mixture and beat to combine. Press the mixture into a greased 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Chill until firm.

4

Place 2 cups chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup or dish and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until melted and smooth. Stir in the remaining 1/3 cup peanut butter until fully combined and smooth. Spread the melted chocolate mixture over the peanut butter bars. Sprinkle over the peanuts. Melt the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips, then drizzle the melted chocolate over the peanuts. Chill until the chocolate is firm, then cut into bars.