No-Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars

I have had a craving to somehow combine peanut butter cookies with a vanilla-infused, brown sugar-sweetened peanut butter sauce and create a no-bake dessert.

And then I wanted to top the whole thing with chocolate frosting.

After pondering how I was going to do this, it finally came to me…

This recipe combines the peanut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla “sauce” I use in my Special K Bars

That’s the “sauce”: Peanut Butter + Brown Sugar + Karo Syrup + Vanilla= heaven

…And just takes it one step further: adding a pound of Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies.

Here’s what I came up with.  I think you’ll like it.


No-Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars

1 pound of Nutter Butter cookies (or vanilla/peanut butter “sandwich” cookies of any sort)

4 c Special K cereal

1/2 c butter/margarine (1 stick)

1 c Karo Syrup (this is kept near maple syrup in the grocery store, it’s cheap and has been around forever)

1 c brown sugar

1/2 c peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract


Grind the Nutter Butter cookies in Vita or food processor and put into a big bowl along with the Special K.

In a sauce pan on the stove, combine the butter, Karo syrup, brown sugar and bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Some lumps from the peanut butter is ok.

Take the peanut butter sauce mixture from the stovetop and pour over the ground Nutter Butter cookies and Special K.  Stir to combine everything.

Pour and press mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Chill in refrigerator or freezer until set up.

Optional:  Chocolate Frosting.  Use prepared chocolate frosting or make your own.  Follow my recipe for Vegan Chocolate Frosting.  Or simply pour 1.5 to 2c of melted chocolate chips over the top of the bars.



A visual guide

Ignore the marshmallows. I thought I may use them in the recipe but realized I had enough sugar going on for one recipe.

Grind the Nutter Butters and place into a big bowl with the Special K

Make Peanut Butter + Brown Sugar + Karo Syrup + Vanilla Sauce on the stovetop

Take the Peanut Butter Sauce and pour over the ground Nutter Butters + Special K.  Stir to combine.

Press into the pan.

Make the chocolate frosting or melt chocolate chips and pour over the top

Place in fridge or freezer for a few minutes until they are set up and then, slice, serve.  And let the moaning begin.

These bars are every bit as amazing as I hoped they’d be.

They combine peanut butter sandwich cookies + peanut butter sauce

Plus adding chocolate on top of anything always helps the cause

They are dense, sweet, rich, peanut buttery, vanilla-ey, and chewy.

Sinking your teeth into these is a beautiful thing.

Pretty much everything I want in a dessert, these have it: No-Bake, Sweet, Dense, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cookies, Vanilla, Very Rich

They are not vegan, they are not gluten free, they are not light or healthy.  They are delicious.


From my last post about it Being a Zoo Out There with running errands on the weekend, yes it is!  But such is life.

I had fun reading about if you’ve ever tried a blogosphere recipe and it was a fail for whatever reason.  Sometimes things just don’t turn out how I’d hoped, and glad to know I am not the only one who’s had that happen.


1. Best thing you’ve done or eaten this weekend?

Best thing I’ve eaten was, hands down, these bars.

Best thing I’ve done was spending time with Skylar and getting a great workout in.

2. Are you a Peanut Butter fan?

I know some of you are going to say you like almond butter or other nut butters more than peanut butter.   Those don’t hold a candle to PB for me.  The only nut butter that beats/ties with peanut butter for me is Sunflower Seed Butter (TJ’s house brand rocks).  But I am truly a huge peanut butter fan.

If you need a post showcasing my Peanut Butter containing recipes in everything from desserts to peanut sauce to roasted vegetables to one-pot meals with peanut butter in them, that’s your post.  Of course in all the recipes you could use another kind of nut butter, too.  Because I know blog readers are nut butter fiends!

3. What kind of dessert should I make next?

No Bake or Baked, Cookies, Cake, Brownies, Balls/Bites, Pies, Bars…give me some suggestions.  And also flavors you’d like to see incorporated.  My wheels are turning and I aim to please.

P.S. If you’re just catching up on Weekend Posts, here are mine since Friday:


76 comments on “No-Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars”

  1. Make more of THOSE bars please! :)

    I’m just now adding peanuts back into my diet and definitely agree with you that peanut butter is better than the best.

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  3. Can you have a giveaway with those? yum!! Your pictures are so good too! They are so bright and really show off the bars amazingly! I have been enjoying all your posts, reading them at night in my email, I linked to you yesterday about the GMO article. Thanks for sharing it!

    PB is my fav nut butter too!

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  5. I loveeee PB and I haven’t had Nutter Butters in forever!! But I still remember how awesome they are!

  6. This remind me of a “magoo bar” my mom used to make! Love the creativity with ingredients Averie!!!

    Yup, I’m a peanut butter fan, but I have to admit that almond butter usually beat PB in the most cases. Both are fabulous though!

  7. I lovelovelove the looks of this recipe!

    I’m with you. The only thing that comes close to peanut butter for me in the TJ’s sunflower. I love almond butter and all that too, but growing up on PB sandwiches makes it hold a special place in my heart :)

    Best thing I ate all weekend? I went to a brunch place called “Scone Witch” that specializes in scones and breakfasts revolving around scones. Ohyes.

  8. Oh man do these look rich and sweet….which all good desserts should be. I love that you thought to add the Nutter Butters, too. Brings it to a whole new level!

    I LOVE PB. Definitely my favorite kind of nut butter…I do love almond/cashew/etc and prefer them to certain brands of PB, but in the end peanuts always come out on top. I get it from my dad, who buys Costco-sized jars of Skippy chunky PB and eats several spoonfuls a day. Takes a scoop of PB, then of strawberry jam, and eats them together. I tell him he’s like a little kid.

    Best thing I ate was probably pizza margherita and beer on Friday night!!

  9. I can honestly say that pb is my favorite food and always has been!

    What do you think about something with key lime? Summertime’s calling to me!

    Your bars look amazing- I may have to make them for my Mom (she loves the pb and chocolate combo..) :)

  10. These look ridiculous good! Like a baked good version or a peanut butter cup. The nutty cookies was such a fun addition. Best thing I ate this weekend? Cornmeal pizza Friday night. Best thing I did? Date night with Josh. So good to spend time with him!

  11. OK friend, these look WAY too special to be called special K bars ;) They look liked delicious mouth watering K bars :)

  12. Okay, THESE are downright dangerous. I could never have a stack of these in my house without eating them all!!! :-)

  13. I haven’t had those cookies since I was a kid. I love PB. Could just eat it by the spoonfuls.

  14. best thing so far was a vegan coffee house + thai food with friends. i do like almond butter better than pb but right now i’m loving cashew butter! i would love to see you do a no bake brownie nom!

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  16. Wow, Those bars look amazing! :) I love peanut butter. Thanks

  17. Oh yum! Nutter Butters were always my fav growing up. Love the no-bake revamp of this treat!

  18. I would have a hard time not eating the pb sauce before it got to the bars! yum!

  19. What a crazy recipe! It looks great and nice photos. My nieces would love this … not my nephew since he has a peanut allergy though! :-(

    1. Probably my pesto pasta yesterday and seeing Sucker Punch.
    2. Yes, but more of an almond butter fan now.
    3. Something high-raw with a light, fruity flavor like mango tarts.

  20. Goodness those bars look incredible! What a creative idea to add nutter butters. Peanut butter is my top nut butter too with sunflower seed butter in a close second place.

  21. I love PB and I love “bars” — a MN thing maybe? :)

    These look delicious and Nutter Butter cookies are super good — I don’t think I’ve had them for a long time.

    I absolutely love brownies, so any recipe involving them is a good one to me!

  22. I’m a huge peanut butter fan! Best thing I’ve eaten this weekend…Korean Sweet Potates, purple, white, and orange…OMG they were so buttery, creamy and sweet. The bars look beautiful.

  23. These. look. FREAKING. GOOD. Thanks for sharing naughtiness. :)

  24. Damn, that looks delicious!
    I’ll have to take a look tomorrow, if I can find similar ingredients over here in Germany. Wish me luck.

  25. Peanut butter is my all time favorite too!

    those bars look to die for.

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