Thursday, December 19, 2013

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

Most of you know that I work in group insurance.  All of my clients purchase different lines of insurance from different carriers for various reasons and they do so to provide health, life, dental, vision, etc. coverage to their employees.  I’m an account manager which basically means that I take care of all of my clients throughout the year and especially during the 4th quarter during their benefit renewal and a large part of that duty is to facilitate open enrollment meetings.   Are you bored yet?  Stick with me, this is going somewhere.   All of my clients are spread out across the state of Missouri which means that I do a lot of driving for these meetings.  Just out of curiosity, I counted back last week and I have been on the road for the last nine weeks.  NINE.  In nine weeks, I haven’t slept in my own bed for more than three nights in a row.  I really love this job and the people I am working with but I’m kind of ready to be home for more than a few days at a time!

All of my clients are different.  Some are large, some are smaller, some are rural, some are more urban.  Some create lots of amazing treats for their benefit meetings, and some do not.  The ones that do, though, I might put a little star by their name on my list of clients and I’m going to make sure that I don’t miss their meetings in the future.  One of those groups is the reason for this post.  Right in the middle of a heavy travel season and almost to the one breakdown I had during it all, I walked into the conference room at my client’s location and the first thing I see is two of the HR ladies filling TRAYS and TRAYS of goodies.  Cookies, brownies, cakes, coffee, etc.  You name it, they had thought to have it.  How fun is that?

No Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

And one of those treats – you guessed it – no-bake peanut butter clusters.  I definitely ate two of these for breakfast and had one after lunch and then sneaked another later on.  I couldn’t help it.  They were so.so.so. good.  So, of course, I had to have them again.  But instead of clusters, I made them into bars. Very edible and sweet and chewy no-bake peanut butter cornflake bars.  And have I mentioned how simple these are?  Please, please, please, plan to leave some of these for Santa.  He will definitely be back during his travels next year!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

Yield: 21 bars

Total Time: 30 min

A super-simple, kid-pleasing treat with peanut butter and cornflakes. And best of all, they are no-bake!

Ingredients:

6 cups corn flake cereal
1 cup granulate sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

Measure the corn flakes into a large bowl and set aside. Generously grease a 9x13 rimmed cookie sheet, and/or line with parchment paper.

In a heavy sauce pot over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup and stir. As the mixture heats up, stir almost constantly. After 10-12 minutes, the mixture will just begin to boil around the outside rim of the pan. When you see this, remove from heat and quickly stir in the peanut butter until smooth.

Pour the peanut butter mixture over the corn flakes and, working quickly, stir well until the cereal is coated. Pour the coated corn flakes into the prepared cookie sheet and spread evenly. Allow the mixture to set for about 20 minutes before cutting.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

 

28 Responses to “No-Bake Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 19, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    My mom makes these!! They’re such a dream!

  2. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 19, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    OOOooooh! Peanut butter and cornflakes, um, addiction!

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    Julia — December 19, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    It sounds like you love your job – I’m so jealous, but don’t tell my boss!! So rare these days! Theeeeese bars, oh my gosh! Peanut butterrrrrrr! UGH! These things look dangerous!!

  4. #
    Fiona — December 19, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    I love everything that contains peanut butter! Can’t wait to try this. Sounds like a great combo!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 19, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    Cassie I love these! I have a recipe very similar to these that I put in my cookbook (ok, two) and lots on my blog. Seriously, no-bake cereal bars w/ PB are my THING!!! Love these. I want the whole pan! pinned!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 19, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    OMG, these look amazing, Cassie! I’m obsessed with all things crunchy and sweet lately, and these would totally fit the bill!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — December 19, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Dang girl! That is a lot of traveling! I hope you’ll get some time at home for the holidays. It’s amazing how a delicious treat can stave off a breakdown. These look like total comfort food!

  8. #
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — December 19, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Peanut Butter? No bake? OK, twist my arm. :)

  9. #
    ela@GrayApron — December 19, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    So, I could eat this for breakfast? Not bad! :) ela

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — December 19, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    I have a friend who goes absolutely bonkers for cornflakes. I must make these for him!!!

  11. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — December 19, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    I want these for breakfast!!

  12. #
    sarah k @ the pajama chef — December 19, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    my husband used to work in insurance, so i know what a drag the last part of the year is. these bars look amazing!

  13. #
    vanillasugarblog — December 19, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    So many bloggers have made these BUT me!
    I just don’t know if I could ever do your job…god bless, have a cocktail–you deserve it!

  14. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 19, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    These remind me of the peanut butter cornflake cookies my grandmother would make every holiday. Good choice!

    I am so happy that you enjoy your job but hopefully you will get a week in your own bed soon.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 19, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    I hope you can get some time to relax and sleep in your own bed soon! I know how much that simple thing can mean (even if you’re gone doing something you enjoy). These bars look like heaven to me — peanut butter and cornflakes, hello!

  16. #
    Jess — December 20, 2013 @ 3:22 am

    I used to travel all over the U.S. for work and while everyone I met with was nice, it was the midwesterners that served treats (or once, in Nebraska, even had a big pot-luck) that were the most memorable! Hopefully you’ll get a little downtime over the holidays, Cassie.

  17. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — December 20, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    These look absolutely delicious! I hope that you get a much needed break over the holidays! xo

  18. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — December 20, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I actually think it sounds like fun to travel that much, although it would probably get old fast. And these sounds like a great road trip snack!

  19. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 20, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    My aunt makes these every year for Christmas! So good! I hope you get a chance to relax soon!

  20. #
    Joanne — December 20, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    All that traveling would definitely drive me a little crazy, but as long as you love it, that’s all that matters! And it sounds like you got some food inspiration out of the deal, so double win. These would definitely be a bit addictive. I can feel it.

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 20, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    I’ve never used cornflakes in a sweet recipe! Love these, Cassie! Hope you get a nice break next week!

  22. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 21, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    These bars look so addictive and definitely worth sneaking when no one is looking ;).

  23. #
    suja md — December 21, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    such healthy bars!! peanut butter is my sons most addicted thing in the world…sure gonna try this one!!

  24. #
    DessertForTwo — December 21, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    Anytime a tough meeting is coming up, a little sugar always helps :)

    We’re in St. Louis now. How close are you? :)

  25. #
    Mercedes — December 21, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    This is the kind of bar I could eat a whole pan of! Merry Christmas Cassie!!

  26. #
    Sylvie @ Roamingtaste — December 22, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    These look like the perfect combination of two great ingredients. Irresistible to eat I’m sure too.

  27. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — December 27, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    Damn, these look so good! The cornflakes just make this so perfect

  28. #
    Judith — January 22, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    Are these healthy? Dumb question, I know.

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