Sweet Marie Bars {12 Days of Christmas Baking}


It’s finally here  . . . the moment you’ve all been waiting for (right?} Yup, today’s the first day in our 12 Days of Christmas Baking Series to begin . . . my family’s favorite series of the year! 😉


As we get ready for Christmas in our home, I’ll share a few favorite Christmas treats along with a recipe or two from some guest bloggers, and would love to hear your favorite Christmas recipe ideas too. I tried out these No Bake Sweet Marie Bars for Thanksgiving this year and our family literally devoured them (seriously, they didn’t stand a chance once my nieces and nephews stepped foot in the kitchen), so it looks like a new treat will be added to our favorites list.


I have no idea what the history is behind the name “Sweet Marie Bars” is, so if anyone knows leave a comment to fill me in!  Either way, these would make a fantastic treat to snack on this Saturday afternoon, and you could easily wrap them up to give as a gift this year.


Note: It occurred to me after making these that you could probably substitute the corn syrup for honey, so the next time I make these I’ll try it out using honey instead.  If anyone happens to try it that way, let me know if it works for you!


No Bake Sweet Marie Bars


  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together peanut butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and butter in saucepan and cook on medium low heat until boiling.
  3. Add in Rice Krispy Cereal, then press into baking dish.
  4. Spread chocolate chips over the bars, and leave them for a few minutes to melt.
  5. Using knife or spatula, spread melted chocolate over bars.
  6. Refrigerate until bars harden, about 1 hour.
  7. Cut into squares to serve.


Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Looking for more penny pinched dessert ideas? Here you go.

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  1. Mary Paige says:

    This is my favorite series too! 🙂

  2. Why is chocolate chips listed with two different amounts? I would like to make these but I’m unsure which measurement . Thanks, they look great!

  3. I have some pecans I need to use…I’m thinking I may sub pecans for the cereal. Plus I have everything but the cereal. Thoughts?

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