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Cheerios Cereal Bars

Cheerios Cereal Bars 16.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Holiday Cookies 2010 Dec 8, 2010

These no-bake bars were finalists in recent in-house judging for the featured seasonal cookie offering at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

The recipe doubles easily, or the large bars can be cut into smaller pieces.

Make Ahead: The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Servings: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 16 ounces mini-marshmallows
  • 8 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream

Directions

Use nonstick cooking oil spray to grease the inside two 9-inch-square baking pans or a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper so that two sides of it overhang enough to help pull out the slab of uncut bars later on.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the peanut butter and marshmallows; cook for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring often, until the mixture is fairly smooth and blended.

Add the cereal; use a wooden spoon to stir so the cereal is evenly dispersed. Transfer to the prepared pan and press the mixture in evenly.

Place the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl.

Heat the cream to almost boiling (either in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium-high heat). Pour it over the chocolate chips; let sit for a few minutes, then stir to create a smooth, glossy ganache.

Spread the ganache evenly over the cereal mixture in the pan. Refrigerate until the topping is set (about 30 minutes).

Use the paper overhang to pull out the slab of uncut bars. Use a sharp, smooth-edged knife to cut it into 16 bars.


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From Carla Yates, a pastry chef at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per bar: 440


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 24g 37%

Saturated Fat: 11g 55%

Cholesterol: 30mg 10%

Sodium: 240mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 53g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 35g

Protein: 8g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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