Scarecrow Treats

We took the kids to a local Halloween store only to have to cover their eyes for oh – I don’t know, 80% of the Halloween costumes in there. I think there were a total of 5 costumes in the entire store, one being a nun costume, that actually covered all of one’s naughty bits. My husband and I have a costume party to go to so we have to get costumes. I left the store thinking that the only resolution was to go old-school as a ghost made from a sheet.We Boo-ed our neighbors tonight with these treats. Do you know how hard it is to keep three giddy boys quiet and running in the right direction once the doorbell has been rung? In inevitably one of them always trips and falls resulting in me throwing them over my shoulder fireman style running down the street. It’s quite the sight to be seen.

These Scarecrow treats were made known to me by a reader named DeAnna. Thank you! They have a sweet cake base with marshmallows and a salty peanut topping. Don’t Boo someone with these unless you know they don’t have peanut allergies. Unless you don’t like them, then still don’t give them these because that’s just mean. This makes a full sheet of treats, perfect for giving away. They’re rich so cut these babies small.

Here are all of your layers:

Scarecrow Treats

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) yellow cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups mini-marshmallows
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 white sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups Rice Crispies cereal
  • 2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine the butter and cake mix in large bowl. Beat on low speed until well mixed. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed.
  2. Press onto bottom of ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. It will be a really thin layer. I found that using the heel of my hand I could easily press it evenly across the pan. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until set. Remove from oven.
  3. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot, partially baked crust. Return to oven; continue baking for 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows puff.
  4. Meanwhile, combine corn syrup, sugar and brown sugar in large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil (2 to 4 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. Stir in cereal and peanuts. Mixture with be thick. Immediately spoon over marshmallows and spread to cover. I pressed the mixture down into the marshmallow. Quickly sprinkle the candy corns on top and press them down into the bars. Cool completely. Cut into small bars.

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  1. We BOOed our neighbors tonight, too! It was our first year to do it. So much fun!

  2. Such cute treats! We hope to boo our neighbors tomorrow! I made treat bags and boograms — I shared the boograms (which are printable) on my website, http://www.momhomeguide.com.

  3. Yay for scarecrow treats:))! All my favorite ingredients in one bar!

  4. Looks so delicious to look at and I’m sure it also have good taste, i’m sure my kiddies will love this…Thanks Christy!

  5. Christy! I love anything and everything about these – the ombination of salty peanuts and candy corns is addicting – LOVE munching on those two together. And the yeloow cake mix – i use cake mix all teh time for short cuts! I’m so so glad you posted these b/c I need a quick treat to make for a party tomorrow night. Love this!

  6. Oooh these look good. I had a little chuckle when you said, do you know how hard it is to keep 3 boys quiet. I have the same problem with my 3 girls not giggling when we Booed our neighbors!!!!

  7. looks super tasty just pinned

  8. Hi Christy, I’m Pat, those little scarecrow treats looks delightful.. I love nuts. Greetings from Italy!!
    Pattipa http://ilcastellodipattipatti.blogspot.it/

  9. oh my gosh those look so good. I want to grab one off my screen right now!

  10. The “Boo-ed” tradition is so much fun! These treats are so creative and cute for fall festivities!

  11. Never heard of the “booed” tradition – I love it! These look amazing!

  12. Brett and I were looking around for some adult costumes and everything is literally like porn. We are going to our party as a monk and a nun, lol.

  13. Oh my! These look heavenly!!!

  14. Hello Christy:
    I so love all your recipe and I’m so excited to try it all, but for now I am trying this recipe, I’m making this for our mini halloween party at home. I hope they’ll enjoy it and I can make it perfectly just like yours. :)

  15. Christy, I absolutely loved this idea for Halloween! Do you think this recipe would work for other occasions if the candy corns were left out?

  16. I’d like to make this recipe and take half to two different occasions 1 week apart. How do you recommend storing the second half? Freezer, airtight container or some other method? Thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I would say freezer. You could get away with an airtight container for a couple of weeks but not a week.

  17. Hi. I’m following your board on pinterest. I wanted to tell you that this is another great recipe. But since it has at of ingredients & I’m planning on making a lot of different things, & it can get costly, I’m going to shortcut this recipe by spreading Marshmallow Crème on top of Graham Crackers-(choc. or honey) ,or Vanilla or Choc. Wafers-(the kind with layers & cream between), & putting on different toppings, (chopped pretzels, nuts, baking morsels, chopped candy bars, candy corn, coconut, baking sprinkles, etc.) I tend to keep a lot of these things on hand, & replace them when needed or on sale, or when I have a coupon,so it would be less expensive for me to do it this way, as I’m on a fixed income & I need to bake treats for different parties & such. Thanks for the recipe & I will make it your way another time.