What a Cluster Bars

What A Cluster Bars | Cookies and Cups

Hey you guyeeeees!

So this week…

We’re going there.  And there.  Annnnd there. It’s officially Ben and Jerry’s themed week!

You know Kristan and I love our themes…remember Brownie Batter Week?  Or Caramel Apple Week?  What about Valentine’s Week…and of course the most recent Candy Bar week (Bridget joined us on that one)?

And this week we’re going B&J.

We got this idea a while back after we both made Ben and Jerry’s treats in the same week without planning it (Late Night Snack Cookies and Peabody, Julie and Heather.

Each day Kristan and I are going to be joined by one (or two) of these girls to bring you a dessert dedicated to one of our favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavors.  Which I am going to say was basically impossible to narrow down.  I mean…

Ben and Jerry's Week!

So in the word’s of my Grandpa, “Let’s get this show on the road”.

I’m starting the week off with “What a Cluster”.  Don’t you just love the titles of their ice creams?

It’s a peanut butter ice cream with crunchy caramel clusters, and swirled with marshmallow and peanut butter.  This one was a total no brainer for me.  Hello peanut butter.

So what I decided on was What A Cluster Bars….

What A Cluster Bars | Cookies and Cups

What we have here is a peanut butter blondie base, filled with a layer of Marshmallow Fluff, topped with caramel krispies.

Yeah, they’re as good as they sound.

Start by making your peanut butter blondie…

A cup of peanut butter chips being added to a mixing bowl
Peanut butter blondie dough pressed into a baking pan
Marshmallow fluff spread over peanut butter blondies in a pan
Caramel sauce being added to melted marshmallow mixture in a saucepan
Caramel rice krispie treat mixture being added to a pan of peanut butter blondies with marshmallow topping
Caramel rice krispie treat layer being pressed over peanut butter blondie and marshmallow layers in a pan

I threw in some peanut butter chips for good measure.
Just press it into your 9×9 and bake until the edges start to get golden.
Let those cool completely and then spread a nice layer of Marshmallow Fluff all over the top…
Next up make your krispie layer and add a little caramel.
Dump that on top of the Fluff layer
And press it down evenly…
That’s it!

What A Cluster Bars | Cookies and Cups

All the flavors of the yummy ice cream in one easy bar 🙂

Now for the fun part!

Hop on over and see what Kristan did with Cherry Garcia (I hear there’s cake involved)

And check out Peabody’s Phish Food invention!  (I hear there’s PIE involved) My kids are gonna be all over that!

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What a Cluster Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Description

makes 20 squares


Ingredients

Scale

Blondie base

  • 7 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Filling

  • 1 cup Marshmallow Fluff

Krispie Topping

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 3 cups krispie cereal

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9×9 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. In bowl of stand mixer beat together melted butter, brown sugar, whole egg, yolk and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Turn speed to low and add in flour and baking powder until batter comes together and is combined. Fold in peanut butter chips.
  5. Press in to prepared pan and bake 20 minutes until edges just begin to golden.
  6. Allow to cool completely.
  7. When cool spread Marshmallow Fluff evenly on top of blondie.
  8. Prepare your krispies next in a medium sauce pan. Melt butter over low. Add in marshmallows, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in caramel sauce.
  9. Next add krispie cereal and stir until coated.
  10. Pour krispie mixture onto Fluff layer and press evenly. Allow to krispie layer to cool for 15 minutes and cut into squares.

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63 comments on “What a Cluster Bars”

  1. Tracie Anzaldi

    You mention that the blondie is a peanut butter blondie and your photo shows peanut butter, but there are only chips in the recipe…is that correct?

  2. I wanted to make these but only have Dark Brown Sugar on hand, is that ok? or do I need the light brown sugar?

  3. Emily @ Life on Food

    Oh my goodness! Never had the ice cream but now I must find it. These sound so delicious. Makes perfect sense to have these on hand since I feel like my life is a bit of a cluster now.

  4. Em @ Persnickety Pineapple

    These look absolutely delicious. I would have never thought to combine good old rice crispie squares with blondies! Great bake sale idea too.

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