Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/2 cup chopped nuts
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups crisp rice cereal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet (make sure it has a lip).
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until fluffy.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa; add to creamed mixture.
Stir in nuts - walnuts work very well in this recipe. Spread in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes.
Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over cake; return to oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a knife dipped in water, spread the melted marshmallows evenly over cake. Cool.
For topping, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and well blended. If the mixture begins to look dull, you have cooked it for too long!! Remove from heat; stir in cereal. Spread over bars immediately. Chill for 2 hours, and then cut them into 1" x 3" bars. Keep refrigerated.