Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 12:54pm

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios® Bars
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Total Time 1:15
Makes 10 to 12 bars

1/2 cup butter
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
1 cup peanut butter
1 bag (10.5 oz) miniature marshmallows (5 1/2 cups)
4 cups Chocolate Cheerios® cereal
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 pouch (7 oz) Betty Crocker® Cookie Icing white icing

In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the peanut butter; cook and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat; stir in cereal.  Press mixture in ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Cool 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in small saucepan, heat whipping cream and remaining 1 cup chocolate chips over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 30 minutes until ganache is cooled and thickened.

Line cookie sheet with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper. Cut bars with 2- to 3-inch football-shaped cookie cutter. Dip tops of bars in ganache. Place on cookie sheet; let stand until set.  With cookie icing, pipe laces on each football. Let stand until set.  Makes 10 to 12 bars

If you don’t have a football-shaped cookie cutter, make a pattern out of waxed paper and cut around the pattern with a knife, or cut freehand.
Instead of football shapes, you can cut the bars into squares. Before cutting, frost the bars with ganache and let stand until set. Then cut into 4 rows by 3 rows (for 12 large bars) or 6 rows by 4 rows (for 24 small bars). If the ganache softens, put bars back in the refrigerator to firm up.

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