I found a new recipe over the weekend that sounded too good to pass up, and very easy to make: peanut butter cereal treats. I found it in a copy of an old, spiral-bound cookbook called Karo Sweet and Simple Recipes. I have no idea how I came to own the book–I probably inherited it from my mother when I went to college. This little booklet was published in the early 90s, and as you might guess, all of the recipes feature Karo corn syrup. You can actually still purchase a copy of this booklet from Amazon for as little as 62 cents! After tap tonight I ran to the grocery store and picked up a couple of ingredients I needed to make the concoction–peanut butter and chocolate-flavored cereal. With only 4 ingredients and hardly any cooking required, plus the fact that there is both chocolate AND peanut butter in these treats, what’s not to like?? They are similar to Rice Krispies Treats, only there’s no marshmallow–the peanut butter takes its place to act as a binding ingredient to the cereal. You can use any cereal you like–I just thought the combination of peanut butter and chocolate…well, I don’t really have to justify my rationale for that particular combination, do I?
Peanut Butter Cereal Treats (adapted from Karo Sweet and Simple Recipes)
4 cups favorite cereal (I used 2 cups plain Rice Krispies and 2 cups Cocoa Puffs)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I use all natural peanut butter)
1 tablespoon water
Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. Pour cereal into a large bowl. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter. Stir occasionally over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture becomes smooth. Add 1 tablespoon water and mix well. Remove from heat and pour over cereal. Stir to coat cereal with peanut butter mixture. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Cool for at least 15 minutes, then cut treats into pieces.