December 2, 2016

The best bar cookies, they've been called "crack on a plate"!

These are wonderful bar cookies. When I take them to work, for the break room, they disappear before lunch.  One of the booksellers calls them "Crack on a Plate."!  I took it as a compliment.

JP's Peanut Candy Bar
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Reese’s Peanut Butter chips
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    Mix together the cake mix, 1/3-cup butter and the egg. Press into the bottom of one 9x13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, pour chocolate chips evenly over top of cake. Return to oven for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and spread to cover, allow to cool.

    In a saucepan, over medium heat, cook corn syrup, 1/4-C. butter, vanilla and peanut butter chips until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal and peanuts. Spoon mixture evenly over top of cake and spread to cover. Cool before serving. Cut into small pieces, it's very rich.

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  1. Thank you so much for this recipe Janice. It is my grandchilds favorite and I make it every holiday season for the B&N crew. They still calll it crack on a plate!

    Much love and thanks,

    1. Your comment made me laugh! I'm so glad the tradition continues.


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