Makes: a dozen bars
1/3 cup butter
1 cup Reese's Puffs Cereal
3/4 firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Optional Halloween garnish: candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. In a medium saucepan, melt butter; once melted, add cereal and incorporate for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla, and stir until completely blended.
Add flour and baking powder; stir until completely blended.
Spread into greased pan, and bake about 20 minutes or until golden around the edges. Let cool completely, and then frost. If desired, cut the batch in half and create double decker treats and slice them into thin fingers; if desired, garnish with candy corn and/or mellowcreme pumpkins.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup half and half
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Cream the butter and about 4 cups of the confectioners' sugar until smooth and creamy; add the vanilla and the rest of the sugar bit by bit until the frosting reaches your desired consistency (you may not need all of it). For orange frosting, add about 1 drop of red and 4 drops of yellow food coloring and mix until the color is even; frost the cooled bars. Do not freeze or chill this frosting.