Crunchy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars Recipe

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars Recipe

Captain Crunch any time of the day.[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Get your peanut butter on with these buttery, honey roasted peanut-y, Captain Crunch Peanut Butter cereal bars.

Note: Reese's Pieces candies would also make a great addition.

About the Author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of the new cookbook One Bowl Baking: Simple From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts (Running Press, October 2013), and available at Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell's, The Book Depository. Watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. Follow her Chocoholic, Chicken Dinners, Singapore Stories and Let Them Eat Cake columns on Serious Eats. Follow Yvonne on Twitter as she explores Singapore.

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  • Yield:serves 9
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag marshmallows (47 large)
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 5 1/2 cups Captain Crunch Peanut Butter cereal
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts


  1. 1.

    Grease a 9- by 9-inch pan. Heat butter in large saucepan (preferably non-stick) over medium-low heat until almost melted. Add marshmallows and salt and heat, stirring, until marshmallows have melted.

  2. 2.

    Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until combined. Stir in cereal and peanuts until combined. Immediately spread into pan and press to smooth top. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes.