Scarecrow Bars

Scarecrow Bars are the perfect Fall treats! These Scarecrow Bars are chewy, sweet, and totally festive.

Apparently there is a hurricane coming. Sandy. And as I sit here and type, I am listening to the weather channel people get all “Doppler-y”. I think they are far too excited about the prospect that I might not have power for a week. Far.  Too.  Excited.

We were told to prepare for power outages for 7-10 days. So I am basically dying, because that means I will have no internets…and between you and me, a life without the internets isn’t a future I can handle.

I mean, I need food and stuff too, but mostly the internets. Yeah, I said it.

So I am hoping that all these weather people, standing on the beach in their raincoats and boots “braving the weather” are all wrong.

Luckily though, I made some treats to get me through. And they are totally relevant this week where the weather is trying to ruin my kid’s Halloween because they include Candy Corn.

Honestly in this case, you can’t even taste the Candy Corn…they just add an element of sweetness and cuteness, so don’t fear all you crazy candy corn haters., you’ll like these.  I promise.

Sorry I just said Candy Corn 17 times.  candycorncandycorncandycorn.

Anyway, these are Scarecrow Bars.  Yum.


How to make Scarecrow Bars

It all starts with a cake mix…

Mix that with some butter and an egg and you have a delicious crust…

PhotobucketWhile you are baking your crust go ahead and get all your other things ready.

Once the crust is done you’ll need to move fast.

First crush some Rice Chex…


You’ll also need some marshmallows, candy corn and Honey Roasted Peanuts.

PhotobucketIn a sauce pan melt some sugar and corn syrup together and mix in some peanut butter too…

PhotobucketYour crust should be about done at this point..remove it from the oven and sprinkle some marshmallows all over it.

Bake that for 1-2 minutes, just long enough for the marshmallows to puff.


While your marshmallows are puffing, stir your candy corn, Chex and peanuts into the peanut butter mixture…

PhotobucketImmediately spoon this on your puffed marshmallows…

PhotobucketLet them cool and then cut into squares.


So good!


Keep your fingers crossed for me that Sandy doesn’t kick my butt!!



Scarecrow Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 35 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Scarecrow Bars are easy to make and the perfect Halloween treat for your next celebration!


  • 1 (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cup crushed Rice Chex
  • 2 cups Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray
  3. In your stand mixer, combine cake mix, egg and butter. Stir on medium-low speed until a thick batter comes together. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, until the edges of the crust are lightly browned.
  4. While crust is baking make your topping. In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup and both sugars, heating over medium until is starts to boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Return back to stove top on the lowest setting until the crust is done baking. You don’t want to continue cooking the peanut butter mixture, you just want to keep it warm.
  5. As soon as crust is done, sprinkle with marshmallows and put back in the oven for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows puff. Remove immediately.
  6. While the marshmallows are puffing mix your peanuts, Rice Chex and Candy Corn into the peanut butter mixture. Stir until coated evenly.
  7. Immediately spread this over the marshmallows as soon as they come out of the oven.
  8. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.


adapted from Land O Lakes

Keywords:: scarecrow bars, halloween bar recipe, easy bar dessert recipe, halloween food ideas, halloween treats

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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54 Responses
  1. I’m in Sussex County, NJ too….listening to the wind roar and holding my breath every time the lights flicker. I defied JCP&L by whipping up a batch of cookies when I got home from work today (yes the office was open…lots of house-hunters and mortgage-seekers, I’m sure!!!).

    Anyway…this recipe may be just the excuse I needed to buy candy corn, and I’m thinking Biscoff instead of peanut butter.

  2. Melissa

    Stay safe! I live in New Orleans and you guys are all in our prayers! For the Hurricane Issac we had this summer, we kept power but went a whole week with no cable/phone/Internet. I was lost totally lost, had to turn on a radio forgoodnesssakes! But honestly I hope the worst thing to happen to you is you lose power!

  3. I hope all those excited weathermen and women are wrong, too, Shelly. I’d miss you if you were silent for 7-10 days. Stay warm, and eat a few scarecrow bars for me. I love that you added the peanut butter here.

  4. I SO hope they are wrong about the storm, too. No power is NO fun!!! Can you come to Texas? Or maybe go defend Kristan in Arkansas from people and their inappropriate pregnancy remarks?

    I like to eat candy corn with salted peanuts, so these bars….WITH peanut butter are right up my alley!!! They look dangerous!

    candycorncandycorncandycorncandycorn 🙂

  5. My fingers are crossed for you that all the boots and raincoats are wrong. No internet for more than a week? That would make me go bonkers. At least you have yummy bars to keep you company…for a day anyway:-)

  6. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is all one big meteorological mistake! And that there’s time for me to go buy some candy corn to make these before the storm really hits…

  7. Good luck braving stubborn Sandy! Maybe if you just stand on the beach and throw these bars at it, it’ll “scare” the storm away. Then you can rename them scarestorm bars!

  8. I hope you`ll be okay! I don`t know what i`ll do without the internet for A DAY, let alone 7-10 days!

    These bars are bringing joy to my face. I freakin love candy corn.

  9. Holy candy corn those look amazing!! I will send power staying on vibes to you! I’m hoping ours will stay on too, especially since it looks like no Trick-Or-Treating 🙁

  10. I’m in the 98 percentile of those who hate on candy corn, but because you are a freakin genius and probably the only person I’ve never met that I trust when it comes to sweets, I will believe that these are amazing and will have to give a try. Hold onto your umbrella Mary Poppins. Sounds like you’re in for some windy weather! Be safe! XO

  11. Fingers crossed for you, girl! At least if you’re without internets (and therefore like, living in prehistoric times), you’ll have these Scarecrow Bars. Kick some butt!

  12. Talar

    These look so simple and delicious! I live in NJ, too, and I can’t wait for this storm to be over. I really hope they are wrong about the 7-10 days without power!!! Good luck and stay safe

  13. So, essentially you’ve made crack! Awesome =) If you’re going to be stuck in a storm, you might as well have some sustenance and a way to block out all the pain of interwebs withdrawal =p

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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