One of my favorite desserts on the Christmas cookie platter are Sweet Marie Bars. I love these things. They taste awesome and they are really quick and easy to make.
Last week I scoured the internet, trying to find the recipe. But none of the recipes that I found seemed like my Mom’s. I wasn’t sure what was missing, I just knew they weren’t right. Well, Mom came through for me and unearthed her recipe. And then I discovered what was missing. Chocolate! My mom’s recipe has some chocolate in the base, not just in the topping.
So here is my mom’s recipe, which I made this week.
Sweet Marie Bars
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanuts
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Pour corn syrup, butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and chocolate chips into a large pot. Heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat. Stir in nuts and cereal.
Press into a buttered 8″ square pan.
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
Place peanut butter and chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
When melted, mix well and spread over base.
Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares or bars.