Heavenly Bars recipe & photos

Last summer my husband, son & I attended a neighborhood community picnic.  I naturally gravitate towards the desserts & once I took a bite into one of these bars, I HAD to find the person who made them.
After introducing myself to about a half-dozen people (and asking them if they made these bars), I met Kate.  She’s a genius & she’s nice: she shared the recipe. I modified it a little & here it is:

Heavenly Bars

bottom layer:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1.5 cup karo syrup
  • 1/2 of a LARGE pack of instance vanilla pudding mix (just the powder)
  • 4 cups of cocoa rice krispies

Mix together brown sugar, karo syrup & vanilla pudding powder in a large pot on the stovetop. Stir constantly so it doesn’t burn.

Stir in the cocoa rice krispies until evenly distributed.

Spread in the bottom of a large glass dish. (I spray the dish with cooking spray first)

(Doesn’t it look good enough to eat already?!) 🙂

Stick it in the freezer or fridge to cool while you work on the next layer.

 

middle layer:

2 sticks of melted unsalted butter

3 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 of a LARGE pack of instance vanilla pudding mix (just the powder)

In an electric mixer, whip until fluffy & light.

Spread evenly over the first cooled layer.

Stick it in the freezer or fridge to cool while you work on the next layer.

 

top layer:

2 cups chocolate chips, melted

1 cup peanut butter (don’t microwave this with the chocolate… it will burn)

Stir together until smooth, then spread on top of cooled second layer.

tips:

You can put it in the freezer 15 minutes before you cut it so it is easier to slice & serve.

You can definitely do different flavors of cereal, instant pudding mix, types of milk, something besides chocolate chips & even a peanut butter substitute.  But these bars are LEGIT. You can’t eat just one… they are super dense/rich & very worth the calories on a special occasion.

Enjoy! 🙂

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debi - September 9, 2013 - 8:57 am

I would really like to make these bars, but wonder why in your first pic there is peanut butter in the saucepan, yet in does not call for it till the end of recipe. Do I put some in the bottom layer? As pic shows?

Heather - September 9, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Hi Debi,

Nice catch! I have “goofed” and done the recipe both ways. But I would go ahead and add 2 cups peanut butter to the bottom layer. 🙂

Heather

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