This recipe takes me back to my childhood. But it almost didn’t happen.
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.
I like my Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Or you can use my Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Frosting
Or use store bought or omit frosting.
Pictures of the process
Now Make Frosting!
Vegan Chocolate Frosting
Or try Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Frosting
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.
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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
3. GF Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars 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!
Ok… I just made these with a box of “let’s back off the sweets” total cereal. There amazing! Just like your pictures! Very few deserts come out just like pictured! Thank you for bringing back the sweets! ;)
I love these bars and the post is older and I am so glad you made them, enjoyed them, and they came out just like the photos!
My mother makes a similar thing (which is actually her mother’s recipe, too!): 2 cups each Karo, peanut butter, and sugar melted together and then stirred with a box of Rice Krispies, pressed into two 9×13 pans, and finished with melted chocolate chips spread across the top. So simple, so delicious!
So yours is basically a less peanut buttery version of the bars my mother makes. I made your version just now, and it was great! I admit I still prefer my mother’s with the stronger pb flavor, but my goodness, this version’s caramelish pb mixture you have before adding to the cereal? Amazing. After finishing the bars, I went and used my finger to scoop out some from the bottom of the pot, and it is delicious and has the most beautiful consistency, a sort of soft malleable caramel. I don’t know if the sugars actually caramelized during the three minutes of boiling (I’ve made caramel on the stovetop and it takes longer than that), but that’s what it seemed like! :D Yum.
this version’s caramelish pb mixture you have before adding to the cereal? Amazing. = agreed!
a sort of soft malleable caramel = I know, very cool, right :)
https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/06/chewy-peanut-butter-and-chocolate-cereal-bars.html – what you described about your mom’s sounds like these, and the rest of the links are all very similar versions on a theme. I have SO MANY PB cereal bars, and also in my cookbook that’s 100 PB recipes, even more http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620876213/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1620876213&linkCode=as2&tag=lovvegyogruna-20
Yeah, that first link does seem similar! I got to try that one sometime. :D
*and another who is having surgery
I made your Special K bars throughout my whole pregnancy last summer! They were all I wanted! I brought them on a family vacation, and they were a huge hit! I’m about to make them for some friends who just had a baby and anoyhernwhobisbhaving surgery and you can bet that I will be saving some for myself! :)
Thanks to you and your grandma for sharing your recipe!!!
Oh that is so sweet and glad to hear you loved these! They’re a lifelong favorite of mine!
Best wishes to your friend and here’s a twist on the bars in case you want to change things up slightly. Very similar and so good! https://www.averiecooks.com/2013/06/chewy-peanut-butter-and-chocolate-cereal-bars.html
Dangerous. Glad I made them for some new neighbors. Good golly. I think these are a definite improvement on one of my husband’s top 5 goodies, known as peanut butter cornflake balls, which are made with white sugar and rolled into balls. I like these mucho bettero. Thank you!!
So glad you loved these – I do too. They’re from my childhood, and will always love them.
peanut butter cornflake balls = I have something sort of like that that I put in my cookbook! But they’re bars, not balls. Dangerous.
And now you have to try these – possibly the best yet :)
Or same thing, but with marshmallows
I liked the second one a lot, and for as much as he said he wasn’t a fan (Mr. Not-a-fan-of-change) he sure helped me and the girls devour them. The entire pan. That very night. Yeah. Apparently they were good or something?
I’m looking forward to trying the first one. It’s on my list to make next! I am really hoping to convince to let us get your cookbook!
Well the book is only about $12 bucks so hopefully that’s not the issue! If you like these kind of recipes, you are going to LOVE the book. There’s tons of things like this in it! A whole chapter on no-bake bars, most of them cereal bars!
And that’s too funny about ‘not a huge fan’, but…eats the whole pan, that night. :) Ahhh, gotta love it. My hubs says the same thing about certain things I make. And then eats the whole thing! lol
Hi AVery, what is Karl syrup? I’ve never heard of it, is it similar to brown rice or agave syrup? Is there a substitute you can use in place of this syrup? I would like to try making these bars.
Karo not Karl. It’s the brand of syrup. It’s light-colored corn syrup. You could use any brand of corn syrup. I wouldn’t use agave for these. Brown rice…possibly. But the recipe is about 75 years old (from my Grandma) and that’s what she always used so that’s how I wrote it. Enjoy the bars!
I could not wait and made them yesterday. The pictures are on my blog: http://www.stacysfoodlove.blogspot.com.
Glad you enjoyed them and I commented on your site, too :)
My grandmother made Special K cookies when I was growing up. I LOVE these cookies & every time I make them, I think of her. She is 99 years old, so does not do much baking anymore. I am excited to try this recipe.
please let me know if you make them!
I can’t wait to make these, thanks for sharing!
They are one of my fave desserts ever. So easy and my childhood in a pan. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)
Oh and NOBODY can make my grandmas chicken soup, perogies or galumpki (cabbage rolls).
My grandma made perogies too! And cabbage…anything :)
I just updated the recipe, too, so it has a Print This feature on it now, too.
My roommate makes a version of these, only with honey-nut cheerios. SO GOOD.
I can’t believe how Vegan foods can be so delicious and so good! You make me want to be one!!
Yah for Special K Bars! Thanks for giving me the link to this Averie!