Snow Covered Crunch Bars

Another Betty Crocker recipe!  I love Betty Crocker recipes (can you tell?).  Her (their?) recipes are so easy to make but always delicious!  If you like Muddy Buddies, then you’ll love these bars because they are basically Muddy Buddies in cookie form.

1 (1 pound, 1.5 oz) pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix

1 cup butter, softened and divided

1 egg

1 (12 oz) package semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

2 1/2 cups peanut butter

6 cups Rice Chex cereal

1/2 – 1 cup powdered sugar

1  Heat oven to 375.  Spray 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.  In large bowl, stir cookie mix, 1/2 cup butter and egg until soft dough forms.  Press dough in bottom of pan.  Bake 10 – 12 minutes (I had to bake for about 15 minutes) or until edges are light golden brown.  Cool 15 minutes.

2  In large microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and the remaining 1/2 cup butter on high about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth.  Add peanut butter and mix until well blended.

3  Place cereal in 1 gallon resealable food storage plastic bag.  Using your hands, gently break cereal into small pieces.  Gently stir cereal into chocolate mixture until cereal is coated.  Spread cereal mixture evenly over cookie crust and gently press.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Refrigerate about 1 hour or until bars are set.  Store covered at room temperature.

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