In Memory Of My Gramma: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars

This is the marshmallow bars recipe that my Gramma made for nearly every family function. Just the smell of melting butterscotch chips takes me back to my childhood. Serve with a tall glass of cherry Kool-Aid or a hot cup of tea.

 Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars Recipe

Laura May Pittman (née Holmwood) was my Dad’s mom, my Gramma. She passed away on August 23rd. Since then I’ve been thinking about her joy around little kids, her laughter when my dad teased her, crossword puzzles, card games (especially hearts), hair rollers, old time country music, cherry Kool-Aid, Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars and all the wonderful times that her kitchen was full of family laughing and talking.

The obituary and a wealth of wonderful old photographs can be found here. (Yes, I agree: She was a truly beautiful woman.)

Another sweet treat that my Gramma would have loved is this Halloween popcorn pumpkins recipe.


Halloween Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

I hope you enjoy this peanut butter marshmallow bars recipe.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares

This is the recipe that my Gramma made for nearly every family function. Just the smell of melting butterscotch chips takes me back to my childhood. Serve with a tall glass of cherry Kool-Aid or a hot cup of tea.


  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup butterscotch chipits (150 grams)
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I used natural peanut butter this time and it worked perfectly)
  • 2 cups mini-marshmallow
  • 3/4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Grease an 8"x8" baking pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat melt together the butter and the butterscotch chips.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Squidge it around until it's a uniform consistency.
  4. Sprinkle in the marshmallows and nuts. Mix.
  5. Spread the nutty brown batter into the prepared pan. Transfer to the fridge to set (at least 2 hours). Cut into 16 squares.

12 Responses to “In Memory Of My Gramma: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars”

  1. Michael Ann — September 28, 2011 @ 4:21 pm (#)

    These look like something my family would love. I am really fond of PB and marshmallows together!

    • Christine — September 28, 2011 @ 6:06 pm (#)

      Most kids (and parents) love them and they are ridiculously easy to make. If you try them, let me know what everyone thinks :)

  2. Tangled Cupcakes — September 15, 2011 @ 10:32 pm (#)


    I am sure your grandmother would love that you are sharing something with others that was so special to your family. Thanks for sharing this and I will be trying this recipe at some point :)

    • Christine — September 16, 2011 @ 8:27 am (#)

      You’re welcome! Thanks for visiting the blog and for the comment. If you do give these a try, do let me know how you like them. They are such a great peanut-buttery treat!

  3. Paula — September 8, 2011 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    What a lovely tribute to your Grandmother, her bars look delicious. My condolences to you and your family on her loss. I did look at the photos. She seemed to have been very present in the lives of her children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. What a full life she lived and you all will have many loving memories of your time with her.

    P.S. Just have to add that your Grandmother has the most amazingly wonderful cheekbones, so pretty!

    • Christine — September 8, 2011 @ 3:20 pm (#)

      Thank you Paula. We are all so lucky to have such wonderful memories. As to her cheekbones, when I was young there was a picture on our telephone table of her and my grandfather when they were first married. I used to gaze at it and wonder if my face would one day be graced with that pretty structure. She was a lovely woman.

  4. adventuresindinner — September 8, 2011 @ 2:54 pm (#)

    Oh! I love these squares-my gran made them too but they always had to have the multi-colour marshmallows. So Canadian. My father-in-law tells me it is one of the recipes that he had “the ladies” create when he was with Kraft.

    So sorry for your loss.

    • Christine — September 8, 2011 @ 3:14 pm (#)

      My Gramma always used multi-coloured marshmallows too. But I couldn’t find any. I went to two different grocery stores and a Target. Very weird. Now I’m wondering if they just don’t have them at all or if someone has been buying them all up locally for some reason. Interesting that your father-in-law might have had a hand in developing the recipe. I just did a search online and the basic idea of the recipe is *everywhere*. Who knew it was so popular?

  5. The Mrs — September 8, 2011 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    What a great way to remember your Gramma. I’m sorry that you (and you, Phyllis) lost her.

    Good thing I have $27 worth of gold-plated pecans around, and a houseful of guests who are either children or children in their minds coming over next week. We’ll remember her too, just indirectly.

    • Christine — September 8, 2011 @ 3:12 pm (#)

      Thank you, Sandi. If you make them, do let me know how everyone likes them. They’re always a hit with our family.

  6. phyllis — September 8, 2011 @ 8:46 am (#)

    Thanks Christi….that was beautiful.

    • Christine — September 8, 2011 @ 3:10 pm (#)

      You’re welcome.

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