Special K Bars

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Special_K_Bars_With_Santa“Maybe Christmas, he thought…doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps…means a little bit more.”  -The Grinch

It’s that time of year. December has come and it’s time for all the joys of the season. I’ve always been the kind of person that makes bread for the neighbors, friends and family, or a plate of cookies for them at Christmas. I’ve never been much of a shopper. And a shopper at holiday times when every store around is five times as crowded, there is no parking, and everyone is in a hurry and cranky?!?! No thank you!

I’d much rather sit at home with the holiday music playing, a glass of wine in hand, looking though cookbooks, finding old favorites and searching out new recipes to try. I then make my list of recipients and I let the baking begin. There is something so satisfying about this to me. I’m doing what I love, for the loved ones in my life. And they usually love the gift of food. It’s a win/win unless the loved ones in my life are on a diet this time of year! Let’s be honest…there is nothing low fat, gluten free, or reduced calories in my holiday baking.

This year I decided to whip up my 12 days of Christmas cookies and candies for the loved ones. It’s a blend of old favorite recipes, and a few new ones I haven’t tried before. Day one is an old favorite from my teenage years, called Special K Bars. And when I say old, I mean I found the recipe shoved in a Betty Croker cookbook on a piece of paper, typed, with what appears to be peanut butter stains on it. Not that I’m saying I’m old, but we all know the life cycle of a typewriter. Do they even exist anymore? So for clarification, I know the recipe is old, there was no mention of me being old.


These Special K bars are super simple to make. And the flavor of the butterscotch chips blended with chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter and sugars are just delicious. Cut them up into one inch squares and package them in a Christmas tin or serve them on an inexpensive holiday plate, and they make a great gift. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and be sure to save a few for yourself.

Special K Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Special K Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Karo Corn Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups Special K cereal
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Butter a rectangular 13" x 9" cake pan and set aside.
  2. Put the Special K cereal in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Bring sugar and corn syrup to boil in a medium sized saucepan.
  4. Once boiling, add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until melted.
  5. Pour the sugar mixture over the cereal and stir to coat.
  6. Pour the cereal mixture into the cake pan and spread with a spatula to cover the cake pan
  7. Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together in a double boiler. Once melted pour over the cereal mixture and let set until hardened.
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15 comments… add one

  • Brenda Marshall January 9, 2017, 4:36 pm

    You made these at home and they sure were good

    Reply
  • Luci's Morsels December 20, 2017, 10:36 pm

    These look amazing! I have to try these ASAP! Yummy!

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    • serena December 21, 2017, 7:25 am

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Julie December 20, 2017, 11:40 pm

    I grew up making these bars with my Mom. So delicious!

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    • serena December 21, 2017, 7:25 am

      Me too. Still love them 🙂

      Reply
  • Tiffany December 21, 2017, 12:20 am

    These look incredible!! I am like you around the holidays…I’d rather bake gifts because cooking is my love language. I have a refrigerator full of cracker candy as we speak!

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    • serena December 21, 2017, 7:28 am

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated December 21, 2017, 12:52 am

    I LOVE homemade versions of shop-bought stuff! The thick chocolate layer on top looks amazing.

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    • serena December 21, 2017, 7:25 am

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry December 21, 2017, 4:20 am

    These look absolutely delicious and like the perfect gift for friends and family

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    • serena December 21, 2017, 7:27 am

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  • Kansas Bonanno December 21, 2017, 7:37 am

    I love baking too, it’s one of the most fun parts of the holidays. I remember growing up my grandmas always ways used to make all kinds of candy and sweet treats to give as presents. Hopefully one day it will be something fun I can do with my kiddos.

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  • Lori Geurin December 21, 2017, 1:42 pm

    These bars look so yummy! You can’t go wrong with the peanut butter and chocolate combo. I used to bake a lot but now rarely do. Our kids love to bake so I’ve let them take over in this department. Thanks for this great recipe!

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  • Maria Katsulos December 21, 2017, 5:59 pm

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love Special K anymore than I already do! Love this recipe!!

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    • serena December 22, 2017, 12:51 pm

      Thanks!

      Reply

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