No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter Cornflake Bars

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No-Bake Cornflake Peanut Butter Bars — Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy Cornflake bars! It’s a no-bake dessert that’s made using just one bowl!

No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

Best Ever Cornflake Bars

I love soft, dense, really chewy peanut butter bars made with Cornflakes. And these bars are really chewy!

You can whip them up in 15 minutes in one bowl. I love fast, easy, no-bake desserts that deliver big time flavor.

Best of all, there is peanut butter used three times in this recipe!

No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

It’s used in the saucy mixture that holds the bars together, it’s melted with chocolate chips to create a chocolate-peanut butter fudgy topping, and it’s swirled into said topping.

Did I mention I wrote a cookbook with 100 peanut butter recipes? I can never have too much peanut butter, so three times in one recipe isn’t even over the top.

Definitely the best that Cornflakes have ever tasted!

No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

Ingredients in Cornflake Peanut Butter Bars

The chocolate peanut butter cornflake bars are so simple to make and use ingredients you likely have on hand:

  • Peanut butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cornflakes
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

How to Make Cornflake Bars

The Cornflake peanut butter bars are a cinch to make! You’ll have to be patient and let the bars set before cutting into them, though.

  1. Make the bars: In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, corn syrup, sugars, and heat on high power to melt.
  2. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Stir in the cereal.
  4. Turn mixture out into a foil-lined 8×8-inch pan, packing it down somewhat firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top; set pan aside.
  5. Make the topping: In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, heaping 1/4 cup peanut butter, and heat on high power to melt.
  6. Pour chocolate mixture over bars, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula or knife; set aside.
  7. Add 1/4 cup peanut butter to a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt. Stir Evenly drizzle peanut butter over the chocolate and swirl it lightly with the tip of a knife or toothipick.
  8. Cover pan with a sheet of foil and place pan in fridge to set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving.
No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

How to Make the Marble Swirl Atop the Bars

To create the marbled pattern shown, do the following:

  1. Drizzle peanut butter over the chocolate in 5 wide, evenly spaced, parallel lines, each spanning the width of the pan. Like 5 rows of long train tracks.
  2. Rotate pan 90-degrees.
  3. With a toothpick, starting at the top of the pan, “draw” 5 evenly spaced lines through the peanut butter. You’re dragging the toothpick perpendicularly through the first set of lines to create the pattern.
No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

FAQs

What do cornflake bars taste like?

The bars taste nothing like Cornflakes, which I equate to the boring, bland, sog-prone cereal I grew up with. Just as Rice Krispies cereal and Browned Butter Rice Krispies Treats taste nothing alike, these bars are even less reminiscent of cornflakes than rice krispies treats are of Rice Krispies.

The Cornflakes soften enough to become packed down into the pan to create the bars, but retain tons of chewy, dense texture to give your jaw a workout. Nothing soggy about these flakes.

The peanut butter flavor is strong and robust, and because it’s mixed and melted together with brown sugar and vanilla, the bars have caramel undertones, which I love.

The chocolate-peanut butter fudgy topping adds just the right amount of chocolate to balance and complement the peanut butter. Peanut butter is so much better when chocolate is involved!

Can This recipe be made using natural peanut butter?

No, you must use a traditional no-stir peanut butter, like Jif or Skippy. Natural or homemade peanut butter will be too runny and the Conflakes won’t stick together.

Can the Cornflake bars be made using a different nut butter?

Of course! If you have allergies in your household or are out of peanut butter, use any no-stir nut or seed butter you like.

Can the corn syrup be substituted for honey or agave?

Most likely, yes. Of those two substitutes I think honey would work the best because it’s very similar in consistency to corn syrup.

Can the Cornflakes Be Substituted?

Seeing as how these are Cornflake bars, it’s best to make the recipe with Cornflakes. However, I imagine Special K would be a good substitute.

Can the Recipe Be Doubled?

Yes! Simply double the ingredients and use a 9×13-inch pan.

No-Bake Triple Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chewy Cereal Bars (vegan, GF) - Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy bars! Easy, one-bowl recipe that's ready in 15 minutes at averiecooks.com

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No-Bake Cornflake Peanut Butter Bars

By Averie Sunshine
Peanut butter is used 3 times in these rich, soft, and very chewy Cornflake bars! It's a no-bake dessert that's made using just one bowl!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

Bars

  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter, don’t use natural or homemade, it’s too runny to glue the cereal together
  • ½ cup light corn syrup, light colored, not lite
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups corn flakes cereal

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Topping

  • ½ heaping cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • ¼ heaping cup creamy peanut butter, melted with the chocolate
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter, for swirling on top

Instructions 

Bars 

  • Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine 1 heaping cup peanut butter, corn syrup, sugars, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
  • Stop to stir. Mixture will be on the granular side, this is okay.
  • Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Stir in the cereal.
  • Turn mixture out into prepared pan, packing it down somewhat firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top; set pan aside.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Topping

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl (the same one is fine, no need to wash it provided you scraped it with a spatula fairly clean) combine chocolate chips, heaping 1/4 cup peanut butter, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
  • Stop to stir. Chips may not be completely melted. Return bowl to microwave and heat in 10 to 15-second bursts until mixture can be stirred smooth.
  • Pour chocolate mixture over bars, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula or knife; set aside.
  • Add 1/4 cup peanut butter to a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt, about 30 seconds. Stir peanut butter smooth.
  • Evenly drizzle peanut butter over the chocolate and swirl it lightly with the tip of a knife or toothpick. To create the marbled pattern shown, drizzle peanut butter over the chocolate in 5 wide, evenly spaced, parallel lines, each spanning the width of the pan. Like 5 rows of long train tracks.
  • Rotate pan 90-degrees. With a toothpick, starting at the top of the pan, “draw” 5 evenly spaced lines through the peanut butter. You’re dragging the toothpick perpendicularly through the first set of lines to create the pattern.
  • Cover pan with a sheet of foil (to prevent fridge smells), and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or until chocolate layer is completely set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving.

Notes

Storage: Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 362kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g, Sodium: 234mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 31g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Buckeye Fudge — EASY, no-cook, no-fuss, FOOLPROOF fudge that’s ready in 1 hour!! Dense, chewy and full of rich peanut butter flavor with a smooth, fudgy chocolate topping! It’s irresistible!!

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  1. You certainly are the peanut butter queen! Theses bars look incredibly delicious and would be very dangerous for me to have at home!

  2. I LOOOVE how simple and quick and intensely peanut butteryyyyy these look!! Totally the perfect thing to bring to the pool in the summer at my grandma’s house :D

  3. These bars look delicious! I can’t get enough peanut butter, so these are right up my alley! Your swirl looks so pretty!

  4. to make these gluten free, be sure to use gluten free cereal!!! kellogg’s corn flakes aren’t gluten free (they have barley malt in them, which for wheat free is fine, but for gluten free is not). just wanted to make note for those that may not know. thanks!

  5. Did someone say no bake! I’m in! These Bars look so peanut buttery and chocolaty. Have a happy new year!

  6. Oooh. I’m tired of Christmas cookies. This sounds like a good way to switch things up. I have a similar recipe which uses melted chocolate and butterscotch chips as the topping, with peanut butter in the cookie base. Yum. And I’m not at all sorry for you for having to endure hot weather in Aruba. ;)

  7. Delicious! The swirls of peanut butter are beautiful! I’m hosting a NYE party and these may just have to go on the menu! :)

  8. Shoot girl, three times?! You are a little obsessed with pb, but I like it ;) 89F inside the kitchen is hooooot!! We’ve had some heat while you’ve been gone, was up to 84F the other day!! Hope you’re having an nice time!!

    1. Just got back at midnight last night and was standing in a 38F taxi line at SAN waiting to go home and read this comment. Thank god it’s been warmer out during the day :)