It always seems like we go to more events and parties for the kids in the Fall than around Christmas and while I have a few crowd-pleasers in my standard lineup of food to take to parties or church (everyone always goes nuts for my Oreo Truffles as well as my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and even my white chocolate cheesecake bars (although those are a little messy), I am always looking for something new!
A friend of mine made these scarecrow bars recently and I admit that, when I first saw them, I thought that they were just rice krispie treats with some candy corn and peanuts on them....but they are just so much more! A crust made from cake mix & butter topped with ooey-gooey marshmallows and THEN topped with a sweet and peanut buttery version of rice krispie treats. Everyone (except those with a nut allergy) will love them!
If your kids won't eat peanuts (mine won't, although the love the flavor of them...they just won't eat them whole) you can leave out the peanuts, but you will need to add some more crisped rice cereal to make up for them.
These are best served the same day that you make them. While I like nothing more than an easy recipe that you can make in advance, like traditional rice krispie desserts, they tend to get harder as time passes.
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