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If making candy sounds like an intimidating project, allow me to introduce you to my new friends: no-bake peanut bars. They'll remind you of a PayDay bar, but they also share some DNA with Rice Krispies treats.

There's no fussy caramel to make, and you don't even need a thermometer. Or multiple bowls! Everything comes together in a single pot in mere minutes.

The double dose of peanuts in the form of whole nuts and peanut butter means these bars are really filling, even in small portions.

A note on the peanut butter: Be sure to use a creamy peanut butter labeled as "natural," without additives. When we tested this with regular creamy peanut butter, the bars were too greasy.

Mini Peanut Bars

1 tablespoon PLUS 11/2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1 cup natural creamy peanut butter

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups mini marshmallows

1 pound unsalted roasted peanuts

Line a 9-inch square baking dish with plastic wrap, leaving enough overhang to be able to lift out the slab for easy cutting.

Combine the unsalted butter and peanut butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows; cook for about 3 minutes, stirring, or until smooth. Remove from the heat.

Stir in the peanuts so they are evenly distributed. Working quickly, pour the mixture into the baking dish, smoothing it evenly into the corners. Let cool for 30 minutes, then transfer to the freezer for another 30 minutes to firm up.

Use the plastic wrap to lift out the slab of peanut butter bars. Cut into 24 equal pieces and serve or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition information: Each piece contains approximately 240 calories, 9 g protein, 16 g fat, 18 g carbohydrate (12 g sugar), 5 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium and 2 g fiber.

Adapted from Mom's Sugar Solution: 150 Low-Sugar Recipes for Your Kids' Favorite Foods, Sweet Treats, and More! by Laura Chalela Hoover

Food on 06/13/2018

Print Headline: No-bake peanut butter bars easy to make in just one pot

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