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Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars

I found this recipe hand written on an old piece of paper tucked inside of a cookbook I picked up at a thrift store some time ago. There were several hand written recipes, but this was the only one that survived. The others had smear marks (looked like butter), wiping out several lines of ingredients, and some were obliterated by water stains. This recipe survived though, complete with peanut butter, chocolate chips and crisped rice cereal. What more could you ask for?

I’ve actually made these twice. The first time I didn’t have a chocolate cake mix. In fact, the only cake mix I had in the house was a yellow sugar free cake mix. I ended up baking it considerably longer than the instructions said, I am certain that had to do with it being sugar free as the chocolate baked up fine. The first time around they were pretty darn good, but because of the yellow cake they were a bit too sweet. So I do suggest sticking with the chocolate cake instead. It’ll rock your world. Just sayin’.

This recipe obviously uses a cake mix, but I would think brownies or cookie dough would be a great substitute!

Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars
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1 Devil’s Food chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
8 oz white chocolate chips (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
4 cups rice cereal
8 oz semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a bowl with a wooden spoon, stir together the cake mix, eggs and the oil. The dough will be thick, much like a cookie dough. Stir in the white chocolate chips. Press the dough into a 13×9 baking pan and bake for ten minutes. Remove to cooling rack.

In a medium saucepan, melt the corn syrup, peanut butter and sugar over medium heat; stir until smooth. Remove from heat and fold in the rice cereal.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Spread melted chocolate over the cake layer. Work gently so you don’t pull up any of the cake layer. Press the cereal mixture over the melted chocolate layer. The cereal layer will stick to the chocolate layer as it cools.

Allow to cool completely then cut into bars.



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32 Responses to Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars

  1. 1
    SnoWhite says:

    wow — these look delicious. I'll have to try them with sun butter :)

  2. 2
    Jennifurla says:

    Love that last shot, they look so very tasty

  3. 3
    Fallon says:

    Yummy!

  4. 4
    Danelle says:

    These look yummy, and what a cool way to find a recipe!

  5. 5
    MaryBeth says:

    Simply wonderful looking bars, I am printing the recipe as I type. I can't wait to try them!

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    Megan says:

    I have to say this looks like an interesting yet delicious recipe! I bet a brownie mix would be great!

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    Marie says:

    Those look very good Amanda! Cake mixes are not something that we have in abundance over here, although I do think I could get my hands on a chocolate one.

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    Pegasuslegend says:

    Well by the look of this one it sounds amazingly good! I love krispie anything!

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    Maria says:

    Great sweet treat!

  10. 10
    RedTedArt says:

    DELICIOUS! I love anything with chocolate and PB! Yummy

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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    Erin says:

    Oh my gosh! YUM!!!

  12. 12
    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    That looks gooey and delicious!

  13. 13
    Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter says:

    Hi SnoWhite and Amanda too,
    What a charming recipe-finding story. Since I blog for SunButter, I'm intrigued by subbing in SunButter – let us know if you do so, SnoWhite. And I may just try it in our kitchen too! Thanks for another delicious post.

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    Miz Helen says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I just love the crunchy that rice cereal gives a cookie or bar. Your Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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    MojoMama says:

    Oh my heck, these look DELICIOUS!! I may have to pick up some white chocolate chips, because I believe those are the only ingredient I'm missing! YUM!

    http://dojocrafting.blogspot.com

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    Sue says:

    Chewy and crunchy together sounds wonderful!They look great, Amanda!

  17. 17
    Kirsten @ Mushki Loves says:

    OOH…YUMMY I'm your newest follower!

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    Little Brick Ranch says:

    These look so amazing! Peanut butter, chocolate chips AND rice crispies…seriously to die for! If you get a sec, pop on over to Foodie Friday and link up! Oh, and I found you on The shabby Chic Cottage!

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son says:

    These sound and look wonderful! Mmmmm.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe with my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.
    http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/31/toffee-snickerdoodle-cookies/

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    Amy says:

    These crunch bars look delicious!

    I'm hosting a wonderful tea sampler GIVEAWAY! Come check it out when you have time.

    http://utry.it/2011/04/two-leaves-and-bud-tea-company-product.html

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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    Crystal Lee says:

    Awesome! I love "classic" recipes. Definitely making these soon.

  22. 22
    Shelby says:

    Yum Amanda! I rarely have a cake mix around but have been known to buy one just to try certain treats! Looks yummy!

  23. 23
    Brandy J. says:

    I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This is a super fab, super yummy idea! Thanks for sharing and creating such an inspiring blog!

  24. 24
    Amy @ A Little Nosh says:

    Stopping by from Made by You Monday!

    I love mixing textures like this. These bars look wonderful!

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    FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Great recipe! Thank you for the sharing!
    FABBY

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    Jessica says:

    These look fabulous and since I just found out about Sun Butter, I'm going to have to try these with it as well! I'm so thrilled to find that Sun Butter is so yummy and tastes so much like regular Peanut Butter, I'm excited!

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    Anonymous says:

    I made these yesterday, they were very good- but SUPER rich! One thing I did different to just make things a tiny bit easier and less clean-up is when I took the cake mix out of the oven- instead of separately melting the chocolate chips and then spreading them on top of the baked cake- I sprinkled the chocolate chips on top and let them melt and then gently spread them across the top. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Yum!

  28. 28
    Amanda says:

    Great idea spreading the chips on the hot cake, so glad you enjoyed them!

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    Erica says:

    These bars look awesome! Kicked up rice krispie treats for sure :)

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