Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 36 servings

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Ingredients

•3/4 cup butter, softened
•1-1/2 cups sugar
•3 eggs
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
•3 tablespoons baking cocoa
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
•4 cups miniature marshmallows

TOPPING:
•1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
•1 cup peanut butter
•3 tablespoons butter
•2 cups Rice Krispies

Method

•In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
• Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts if desired. Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
• Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until set. Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 2-3 minutes longer or until melted. Place pan on a wire rack. Using a knife dipped in water, spread marshmallows evenly over the top. Cool completely.
• For topping, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until blended. Remove from the heat; stir in Rice Krispies. Spread over bars immediately. Chill until set. Yield: 3 dozen.

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