An after-school snack to draw out summer just a bit

School often starts when kids still have summer on the brain. So these easy-to-make bars have summer in mind, too.

Aim for a simple snack with the flavor of s'mores, but with the texture, ease and portability of puffed rice treats. You'll end up with a layer of marshmallow-rich crushed graham crackers topped with chocolate.

To make things interesting, turn them into peanut butter s'mores bars. But if your kids aren't peanut butter inclined, just leave it out.

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Peanut Butter S'Mores Bars


•3 tablespoons butter

•10-ounce package marshmallows

•1/4 cup smooth

•natural peanut butter

•3 cups graham

•cereal, lightly crushed

•1 sleeve of graham crackers (9 sheets),

•lightly crushed

•1 cup semi-sweet chocolate bits

•1/2 cup lightly salted peanuts


Coat a 9- by 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan over medium-low, heat the butter, marshmallows and peanut butter. Stir until completely melted and smooth.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the graham cereal and graham crackers. Stir to coat. Using buttered fingers, press the mixture into the prepared pan. Set aside.

In a microwave-safe dish, melt the chocolate bits by heating in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Spread the melted chocolate over the bars and sprinkle with the peanuts. Allow to cool and then cut into bars.

Servings: 12

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