Candy, Desserts, Recipes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars

Addictive, sweet, chewy, easy no-bake bars. Can you go wrong with marshmallows, peanut butter, butterscotch, and graham crackers? I don’t think so! You need to try these… and SOON.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars... can't go wrong with these easy, delicious treats!

I am always more ambitious with holiday baking, decorating, and cards than is ultimately reasonable. Case in point: this year I made our Christmas cards. Half got sent out earlier this week, the other half will [hopefully] go out this weekend. Sorry family, your cards were last. Ha. To compensate for the card making extravaganza of 2015, this year we decided not to get a tree… mainly because Isa the kitten would probably climb it and knock it down. Seriously, that cat has mad climbing skills. She scampers up the support poles in our living room like they’re nothing [and they already have a rustic look to them, so I’m not concerned with kitty claw marks. If she was destructive towards our furniture, that would be another story. I have no tolerance for that!]. The world is this kitten’s toy, and a tree would be no exception. Hopefully next year she will have matured a wee bit! 🙂 One area that I haven’t skimped in so far is Christmas baking! I made a mess of the kitchen many times over last weekend, and this weekend will be no exception. The best treat I made–by FAR–were these fairly unassuming looking No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars... can't go wrong with these easy, delicious treats!

Brown food never looks that appealing to me, so don’t let the photos turn you away from these babies. If you make one new last-minute sweet treat this Christmas season, let THIS be it. They’re every bit as ooey gooey, sweet, and fantastic as they sound. The ingredient list is short and sweet: butter, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, marshmallows, and graham crackers, and the preparation is incredibly easy. Melt, stir, spread, refrigerate, cut, eat, and enjoy.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars... can't go wrong with these easy, delicious treats!

This treat is well worth the sugar rush, I promise… and with one batch making an entire 12×18 inch jelly roll pan full of these yummy bars… you’ll have enough to feed the neighborhood and yourself for days. 🙂 I’m seriously pondering making another batch this weekend just to have “extras” around! Word of warning though, especially for those of you experiencing higher than average temperatures: these can get pretty soft at room temperature so plan ahead to store in the fridge… they are delicious cold!

one year ago: Orange Spritz Cookies
three years ago: White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies
four years ago: Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
five years ago: Eggless Cookie Dough for Snacking

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars

  • Servings: 12x18 inch jelly roll pan
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adapted from my friend Susan and How Sweet Eats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups peanut butter [I used 2 cups regular, 1 cup no-stir, non-refrigerated natural peanut butter — Peter Pan brand that’s pretty good for baking]
  • 1 – 11 ounce bag butterscotch chips
  • 2 – 10.5 ounce bags mini marshmallows
  • 4 cups graham crackers, roughly broken
  • sprinkles, optional

Directions:

In a large pot set over medium-low heat, melt together butter, peanut butter, and butterscotch chips. Stir constantly until everything melts–about 8-10 minutes. If a few chips are stubborn, that’s okay.

Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes. While mixture is cooling, line a 12×18 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Alternatively, you could use a 9×13 inch pan for thicker bars, or even some mini muffin cups greased well or lined with paper liners [but I haven’t tried these options].

Stir in 1 bag of marshmallows and half of the graham crackers until all are incorporated, then stir in remaining marshmallows and graham crackers. Turn out onto jelly roll pan, then use a spatula to press flat and smooth out. Top with sprinkles if desired, then refrigerate for 1 hour to set. Cut into small pieces and store in the refrigerator before serving. Enjoy!

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Cookies, Desserts, Recipes

Funfetti Cookies

I debated sharing this ‘recipe’ because it’s basically a four ingredient dessert that’s semi-homemade and has been done over and over and over again on the internets. But then I decided this is my blog, I like these cookies, and I just wanted to blog about them! 🙂 Haha. Anyways, Funfetti Cookies probably don’t need much of an explanation, but humor me, will you?

Funfetti Cookies | thepajamachef.com

These cookies are super simple because you make them with cake mix [and some eggs and oil], and then frost them with frosting from a can! Definitely not gourmet, but definitely delicious and crave-worthy. They combine everything I love in a good cookie. They are soft and sweet, are iced, AND have sprinkles. What’s not to like? Sprinkles just makes everything better, I think! Don’t you agree? 🙂 The sprinkles are just my favorite part of these cookies. I know I can make homemade funfetti cake mix and then make super soft cookies from scratch, but sometimes a box is necessary on busy days when you don’t want to experiment and just want to go with the tried and true.

Funfetti Cookies | thepajamachef.com

Additionally, I know I have friends who are scared to cook [and maybe you do too, or maybe this is you]. Well, these semi-homemade recipes are great for them because then they see that they can just combine a few ingredients and make something at home that’s just as tasty as storebought. Then next time, they can make something from scratch. Baby steps! No shame in starting off easy… or indulging in ‘easy’ once and awhile. These cookies are just perfect for that! Enjoy!

one year ago: Chicken Enchiladas with Green Chili Sour Cream Sauce
two years ago: Pumpkin Brownies
three years ago: Twice Baked Apple Crisp for Two

Funfetti Cookies [from Pillsbury]
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Ingredients:

  • 1 package [15.25 ounce] Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can [15.6 ounces] Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting [you won’t need it all]
  • extra sprinkles, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, stir together dry cake mix, oil, and eggs. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, then place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Flatten slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass, then bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Centers should appear set.

Cool for a couple minutes on the cookie sheets, then remove to cooling racks. Immediately frost warm cookies, then top with included sprinkles [and more from your collection if you’d like!] Let frosting and cookies cool completely before storing.

Time: 30 minutes.

Yield: 3-4 dozen cookies.