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’.

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

Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars
printable version

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.

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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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  1. 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.

  2. RedTedArt says

    DELICIOUS! I love anything with chocolate and PB! Yummy

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!


  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Amy @ A Little Nosh says

    Stopping by from Made by You Monday!

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!


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