Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars


3/4 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 1 /3 c. flour
3 T. baking cocoa
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional
4 c. miniature marshmallows


1 1/3 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter
3 T. butter
2 c. Rice Krispies


1.  In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.

2.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.  Stir in nuts if desired.  Spread in a greased 15 in. x 10 in. x 1 in. baking pan.

3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until set.  Sprinkle with marshmallows; bake 2-3 minutes longer or until melted.  Place pan on a wire rack.  Using a knife dipped in water, spread marshmallows evenly over the top.  Cool completely.

4.  For topping, combine the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a small saucepan.  Cook and stir over low heat until blended.  Remove from the heat; stir in Rice Krispies.  Spread over bars immediately.  Chill until set.


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