Peanut Butter Freaks Unite.
If someone would have told me ten years ago that I would spend the majority of my time in a kitchen stirring peanut butter and butter together over a hot stove, I think I would have punched them in the face.
Mostly just out of disbelief.
Partly because I want to punch someone in the face just to see what happens. Not because I want to harm someone’s pretty face, but because… I want to like… see what it feels like. I think it’d really hurt my hand.
But this is totally how I found myself earlier this week.. standing over a hot stove stirring waaaaay too much peanut butter in a very large pot. A gigantic part of me just wanted to sit on the seat of a pretty bay window (which I don’t have) and spoon this directly down my throat while staring out at the deep blue yonder.
I don’t know what that means but it’s what I wanted to do.
It was nearly impossible to resist.
So this normally isn’t my type of recipe – if I’m going to melt anything in a large pot with marshmallows it’s only going to be brown butter and crisped rice cereal – but the minute it popped into my inbox from a reader (thanks Jenn!), I could not stop thinking about it. So simple! So easy! So few ingredients! I tend to be more of a chocolate-in-your-face dessert person, but these were calling my name. Loudly.
Jenn told me how she was in charge of making desserts last year in the cafe where she worked and how quickly these were gobbled up. What Jenn also should have told me was that these make the ideal comfort food when you want to eat your emotions over the end of Desperate Housewives, a show you haven’t watched since 2005 but are still somewhat affected by, nonetheless.
Now here’s the thing: you really have to be a peanut butter freak. I mean, we’re talking SERIOUS freakery here. I almost swapped out the butterscotch chips for chocolate, but I didn’t even go there. Oh no I didn’t.
Holy mother of peanut butter.
Can a peanut butter dessert be rich? Because these are super, super rich and that’s the only way I can describe it. And super, super peanut buttery. Shocking, I know. But they are light too. Have I thoroughly confused your brain?
You certainly have to loooooove peanut butter in order to celebrate the deliciousness of these bars. That dude I live with isn’t a peanut-butter-in-dessert fan (yeah, what?), so after taking a bite he deemed this all mine.
Not a problem. Not a problem at all.
No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
makes one 9×13 pan
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 11-ounce bag butterscotch morsels
2 10.5-ounce bags mini marshmallows
Heat a large pot over low heat and add peanut butter, butter and butterscotch chips. Constantly stir until totally melted – this will take about 10 minutes, but eventually everything will melt. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 10 more minutes.
Fold in marshmallows until evenly coated and distributed – some may melt, and that’s fine. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray, then spread mixture in the pan. Let sit at room temperature for a few hours to firm up, or place in the fridge. I loved these refrigerated!
Ugh. So good.
183 Comments on “Peanut Butter Freaks Unite.”
Add mini chocolate chips to this and you’ve got a deal!
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Your writing is hilarious! I’ve turned into an immediate follower. Just made these and only burnt my tongue twice trying to eat them from the pot .
Laughed. I just made the sauce portion and am waiting for it to cool enough to add the marshmallows. Burnt my tongue “testing” the sauce for coolness after 30 seconds. LOL.
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I adapted these and posted them on my blog. They were so amazing and a hit with everyone I shared them with. I’d love if you’d take a look at my post! http://piesandplots.net/no-bake-peanut-butter-marshmallow-bars/
I am a peanut butter freak…and this bar is my calling
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You want it even yummier? Use the multi-fruit flavoured marshmallows, they add just a bit of tangy zip. I also like to add about 2 cups of crisp rice cereal ( special k, rice Krispies, that sort of thing). My mom has been making these since, well, ever. And her mother before her. I’m shocked that there are folks who haven’t experienced these glorious things before!!
I had a recipe from a gal in a small town in Wisc that was only the peanut butter chips, marshmallows and chopped peanuts. does anyone have this recipe? You did not coat all the marshmallows so it was a little lighter and the peanuts added a salty touch for balance.
does anyone remember this? i need measurements of ingredients.
OK Girlz…. it is possible to make this taste a little less teeth achingly sweet… I mean it IS STILL SWEET… But I sprinkled the bottom of the pan with salted whole peanuts then pressed the mixture on top of the nuts and then pressed more salted peanuts on the top… WOW!!!! A-wait for it-MAZING!!! The salted peanuts really make this rock!!! They add texture and crunch and the salt makes em seem less sweet! Try it…..
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This has been a Christmas tray treat for years. We use salted nuts and fruity mini marshmallows as well. So yummy! For a festive touch, we also add coloured sprinkles. Love your blog!
OK, this recipe is the first one I ever saw off of your blog. And I have been reading since. :) However, I unknowingly made a riff off of your recipe, and swore the recipe was here, the original. *grin* Its not, but I found the one I thought was it. At the time I found this recipe – I had 3 small kids. It was a disaster, melting, too cold, nothing mixing together. Tasted great though. ;) However I made a peanut butter frosting out of this (sans marshmallows) that is amazing – it tastes like the inside of a butterfinger bar. So thank you for alerting me that butterscotch and peanut butter are a marriage made in heaven! We now make brownie, chocolate peanut butter ice-cream cake frosted with this amazing frosting yearly…..best cake ever says my now teenage kids!
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