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Marshmallow Cereal Treats get a deliciously spooky twist with the addition of Count Chocula cereal and peanut butter. These no-bake dessert bars are quick and easy with only four ingredients and the irresistible combination of chocolate and peanut butter. You’ll have a monster of a good time when you spookify the traditional cereal squares recipe to make this chocolate, peanut butter, and marshmallow treat!
Disclaimer: General Mills provided me with samples of Monster Cereals at no cost. I was under no obligation to write this post, and received no additional compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.
Originally published on Oct 8, 2014
Fall is my favorite season. And I don’t know if it is climate change, the inevitable speeding up of life as one gets older, or if there is really that vast of a different in the weather between Maryland and New Jersey, but every year it seems like autumn gets shorter and shorter.
The heat of summer drags later into the year, and those perfectly crisp, cool days take longer to arrive and then turn ove rto the cold figity of winter before you even have the chance to enjoy it.
And let’s not even talk baout Autumn 2014, which I officially deemed as “the season that wasn’t.” Selling out house, hubby working out of state trying to survive alone with a baby and a toddler, moving, all of that nonsense.
That year I really wanted to go all cupcake and pumpkin crasy for both my boys and my readers. But all I could muster up was cereal treats.
But maybe you, too are just as insanely busy as I was that year. Maybe you want some Halloween-y goodness, but only have the time/energy/inclination to make a dessert that only has fourn ingredients and takes about ten minutes of work.
So, cereal treats. But these are not just any cereal treats. These are…
Count Chocula Cereal Treats
Yes, they are made with Count Chocula cereal, because when it’s Halloween, you gotta have spooky shapes. And chocolate. And of course what makes chocolate better? Peanut butter, of course! But these aren’t in-your-face peanut butter. Just a hint so you know it’s there, but really you’re just focused on the chocolaty, marshmallowy, sticky goodness.
Let me tell you, my little monsters were not happy campers when, after letting them sample one, I sent the rest off to work with daddy. But me, two little boys and a big bowl of these babies alone in the house all week while the Hubby was away – dangerous territory there!
What do you need to make chocolate peanut butter marshmallow cereal treats?
- Marshmallows – regular or mini
- Creamy peanut butter
- Count Chocula cereal
- 9×13 inch pan – I prefer a metal pan, but glass works too. I recommend lining it with aluminum foil and coating liberally with butter or cooking spray to make the squares easy to remove
- Heavy bottom saucepan – I actually like to use my enameled cast iron, as it is thick enough to keep the heat even and prevent burning, and the marshmallow doesn’t stick too much.
- Heat-proof spatula – a wooden spoon works too, but I prefer using a spatula because I can also coat it with butter or cooking spray for pressing the bars into the pan without them sticking to the spoon.
How to make Count Chocula cereal bars?
- Melt the butter, marshmallows, and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat.
PRO TIP: You’ll want to be stirring almost constantly to keep the marshmallows from burning.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Add the Count Chocula cereal and stir until thoroughly coated.
PRO TIP: Work quickly so the marshmallows in the cereal don’t melt.
- Press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan.
PRO TIP: I rub butter on the spatula, a piece of wax paper, or even my hands to be able to press the mixture into the pan without the marshmallow from sticking too much. You can even use the wrapper from the stick of butter.
- Let cool to room temperature and cut into squares.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for several days, if they last that long.
What else can you serve at a Halloween Party?
- Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Sauce
- Witches’ Brew Halloween Cupcakes
- Shepherd’s Pie Jack O’ Lantern Stuffed Peppers
- Monster Brownie Mix Cookies
- Individual Monster Cereal Treats
- Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes from Chocolate Moosey
- Liquid Ghost Halloween Cocktail from Pineapple and Coconut
- Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Nutty Peanut Buttery Caramel Apples from Hungry Couple
- Creepy Crawly Coffee Cake from gotta get baked
- Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
- Baked Chocolate Donuts with Pumpkin Bourbon Glaze from Crumb
- Devil’s Wing Sauce from Magnolia Days
- Spider Web Cookie Cake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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Here are more recipes to make with your favorite cereal…
- Lucky Charms Cupcakes
- Cereal Yogurt Apple Snacks
- Banana Nut White Chocolate Cheerios Snack Mix
- Or any of these Muddy Buddies Recipes, such as Coconut Chocolate Almond Butter Puppy Chow, Key Lime Pie Muddy Buddies, or even Chai Muddy Buddies!
Count Chocula Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cereal Squares
This fun and easy recipe puts a monstrously delicious twist on the classic marshmallow cereal treats recipe. Made with Count Chocula cereal and with the addition of peanut butter, the classic no-bake dessert becomes anything but basic. Nobody can resist these gooey, marshmallow bars, and this is especially true when you add the combination of chocolate and peanut butter!
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Count Chocula Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 10 oz. package of large marshmallows (about 40) or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 8 cups Count Chocula cereal (about one 10.4 oz box)
- Line a 13x9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray or butter.
- In a large saucepan, combine the butter, marshmallows and peanut butter and melt over low heat, stirring frequently.
- Add the Count Chocula, and stir until well coated.
- Using a buttered spatula or wax paper (or the wrapper from your butter), press the cereal mixture into the prepared pan.
- Let cool to room temperature and cut into squares.