Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mallow Bars

This is owey gowey goodness at it's finest! How can you go wrong with chocolate and marshmallows? This made a perfect dish to cut up into bars and pack them in cute containers. I had to work quickly in order to keep from licking my fingers while boxing them up. My only complaint is that it was almost too messy trying to put it together. If you have ever worked with marshmallow then you can feel my pain it doesn't "spread" to easy!

I like to do a variety in my gift baskets. It seems easy to do cookies and breads, but you have to toss in something extra to make your gift to stand out. Between this and the popcorn I think I might have a winner this year.

Chocolate-peanut butter mallow bars
(Adapted from Kraft Food & Family holiday 2008 magazine)

1 package (2 layer size) devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup cold milk, divided
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
1/2 cup salted peanuts
6 squares semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix dry cake mix, butter and 1/3 cup milk until blended, press two-thirds onto the bottom of 13x9 inch pan. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until center is almost set; 3 minutes.

Mix peanut butter and remaining milk; spread onto crust.

Top with spoonfuls of marshmallow creme and remaining cake mixture.

Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate; press gently into cake mixture.

Bake 18 minutes or just until center is set. Cool before cutting into bars.

I put the mallow bars and the honey bunches I posted yesterday in some small boxes I got at Walmart and tied some ribbon around them. I then attached my ornaments and wrote on the box what was in them. Now it's off to deliver all my treats!

Hope you enjoyed a peak into what I gave out this year! Check back tomorrow and I'll share some things I did for our annual Christmas party...


  1. What pretty gifts!! How lucky your recipients are!!

  2. These are really pretty, but I must say I'm afraid I'd weigh 700 pounds if I lived anywhere near you. You always have such nice recipes.

  3. Such neat ideas and this choc. peanut butter dessert looks delicious! I have to start today and tomorrow with baking. Looking forward to getting started!

  4. I am loving your homemeade gifts.

  5. Great gift ideas!! The pb bars look amazing!

  6. What great gifts! I especially love the cheddar beer spread and the vodka!! I'll have to save these for next year. Everything looks so cute! I had every intention of doing up little food gifts for my friends this year... but time got away from me.