23 April 2012

no-bake peanut butter cereal treats

this is a recipe that i've actually made a hundred times but when i saw it posted on pinterest i just had to make it again.  and i'm glad that i looked at this one because it's a little different from my usual cereal/peanut butter/corn syrup treat.  just for the record, i absolutely love corn syrup and peanut butter.  i love these for snacks and desserts and the mr. can whip these up in such a hurry that it's actually dangerous.  so dangerous, in fact, that i've had to stop buying certain types of cereal for fear that he or i will make them and then i will have to, by law, eat the whole entire batch.  last time i made them i put two or three in my kids' school lunch bags just to save me from the pressure of having them sitting in the kitchen staring at me and willing me by force to eat them.  they're powerful creatures.  make 'em.  
source: pinterest pinner, originally from suzie.

1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
1 t. vanilla
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
handful of milk chocolate chips
4 cups special k cereal (or just about any other corn/rice type of cereal)

add sugar and corn syrup to heavy saucepan.  over a medium heat, bring mixture up to a boil and continue to boil for about 1 minute (DO NOT overboil or you will make hockey pucks, not delicious peanut butter treats).  turn heat off and add vanilla and peanut butter and stir to combine.  stir in chocolate chips until melted.  add cereal and mix to coat all cereal.  if you're still left with lots of gooey peanut butter goodness, add more cereal a little at a time until desired coating.  (DO NOT add too much cereal or your treats will be dry).  spoon out onto greased cookie sheet and cool.  or eat while still hot and gooey really, cuz who wants to wait?!  just don't burn your tongue.

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