6/13/07

Cereal Bars

This is a recipe I've been making for about 12 years now. It's one of those classic recipes your family knows, loves and can't get enough of. I started to make it for one reason; to use up the cereal left in the bottom of the packages that never seems to get eaten. And because the kids loved them so much we've been making them ever since. (Even when we don't have to use up the last of cereal.)

You can use a variety of cereals in this, but I've found that unsweetened or lightly sweetened 'healthier' cereals work best. Crispex, rice chex, corn chex, corn flakes, honey bunches of oats, etc. all work. It's the best made with corn flakes or a mixture of flakes and chex.

Cereal Bars

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c white corn syrup
1 c peanut butter
2 1/2 c dry cereal

Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan. Cook over medium high heat until the sugar is dissolved. After it's completely dissolved, do not let it come to a full boil, but if it starts to simmer/boil let it slow boil or simmer for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add peanut butter and cereal. Stir to coat and press into a sprayed or greased pan. I usually double this recipe and use a 9X13" pan. You can also drop spoonfuls quickly onto a greased cookie sheet, foil or parchment paper.

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