Special K Bars
This recipe takes me back to my childhood. But it almost didn’t happen.
Because my grandma never measured anything, never wrote anything down, and many of her recipes died with her when she died. Unfortunately for me, unlike Jessica who has her Mother Lovett’s recipe vault, no such vault exists for me.
I emailed my mom hoping she had this recipe of my grandma’s. Thankfully, my mom had it because she also used to make these for me when I was a kid. Whew, I was relieved!
These bars are rich, sweet, peanut buttery, caramely, and just plain amazing. You’re going to thank my Grandma for these.
Grandma D’s Special K Bars
1/2 c Butter (or margarine), i.e. 1 stick
1 c Karo Syrup
1 c Brown Sugar
Bring to a boil and boil for 3 Minutes
Then add 1/2 c Peanut Butter
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract & Stir
In a large bowl, pour this mixture over 6 c of Special K cereal (5 c if you want the bars more gooey) & stir
Pour cereal mixture into a sprayed 9 x 13 pan and press mixture down well. Freeze or refrigerate if the house is warm and you need these to set up fast, otherwise the counter top is fine.
Pictures of the process
I made Vegan Chocolate Frosting
After taking it out of the freezer and scoring it, here was what I had been waiting my adult lifetime for
Please let me know if you make these. My Grandma would be thrilled. She would literally say the Rosary if she only knew that I am sharing this recipe of hers.
And thanks for filling me in on things you’d like me to write about in the future. It’s nice to know what you find interesting and want to see more of.
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Similar Desserts to today’s recipe that you may enjoy…
1. Vegan Gluten Free Rice Krispie Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
1. Do you have recipes from your childhood that you remember fondly?
I definitely have lots of them.
From my mom’s Broccoli Salad (yes, I loved broccoli as a kid and still do. Raw Broccoli Salad & Broccoli Slaw Dressing is a staple for me) to my Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (no one makes them like Grandma!) to all the holiday recipes and baking I used to help my mom and grandma with in the kitchen. It all makes me smile so much when I think back!
2. Do you have grandmas, aunts, your mother, or people in your family who cook without recipes or who don’t write things down?
I admit I usually don’t follow recipes. Heck, I hardly make the same thing twice, even within my own arsenal of recipes. And sometimes don’t even follow my own recipe if I make something a second time. I am the queen of winging it.
The pitfall of course is that everything is stored upstairs. Gray matter. Nothing is written down on paper.
But that’s the beauty of my blog. Everything is written here.
One of my goals is to have my blog turned into a book(s), just for myself and Skylar. (google “Blog into Book” and tons of sites do this)
I want Skylar to have all these pictures of herself in book form. And it will be fun when I’m 80 to look back and see what I was cooking when I was in my 30s. The only way to ensure that is to have my blog bound into a book.
But I encourage you to urge, beg, and plead those elderly aunts, grandmas, and relatives who cook without writing things down, go sit with them and take notes as they dictate recipes. I wish to God I had.
3. Are there things that no one else but a certain relative makes that no matter how many times you try, it’s just not the same as theirs?
My Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. No one can get them like hers.
As well as her homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, and all her Polish and Russian Soul Food. No one whips up pierogies and Russian Tea Cakes like Grandma could.
See you tomorrow!