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Peanut Butter Crunch

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A Protein-Packed Dessert

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Peanut Butter Crunch

Yield: 2 dozen squares

Ingredients:

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

1 jar (12 ounces) crunchy peanut butter

6 cups crisp rice cereal

coconut flakes, for topping (optional)

chocolate chips, for topping (optional)

melted chocolate, for topping (optional)

sprinkles, for topping (optional)

Directions: 

In 2-quart microwave-safe container, stir syrup and sugar. Microwave 1 1/2-2 minutes on high, or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Mix in cereal. Pour into 8-by-12-inch buttered pan. When cooled, cut into squares and top with coconut flakes, chocolate chips, melted chocolate or sprinkles, if desired.