Saturday, October 12, 2013

Corn Flake Peanut Butter Bars

You wouldn't think that those two things go together, but add what basically amounts to a bunch of sugar and you've got yourself a tasty treat. Not to mention, it comes together fairly quickly. Here's what it ends up looking like. It's much better looking in person than in these iPhone shots. I can no longer blame not knowing where the camera is due to moving, I'm just being lazy and don't want to mess with the camera right now.

Here's what you do. Measure out 2.5 Cups of Peanut Butter. It's not essential that you do this first, but I get nervous when I have sugar boiling and I'm struggling to measure out a ton of peanut butter. Two and a half cups is a lot more peanut butter than one might think, so if you don't shop at Costco and buy in bulk, you may want to have 2 normal sized jars on hand. In case you were wondering, this is a 3 lb jar and it took over half of it. That's a giant ass jar of peanut butter. Enjoy.

Then, bring 1.5 Cups each of sugar and light Karo syrup to a boil. <- that is the bunch of sugar I was talking about. It will look like this:

And now that you have your peanut butter all prepared, remove the pan from heat and dump it in there with a shot of vanilla. Stir till it looks smooth like this:

From here, dump in a box of corn flakes. Don't go cheap, use Kelloggs. Just trust me on this. Stir it up. I did it right in the pan and I think that prevented me from getting it all mixed well. It still tastes alright, I just have a preference for things being well mixed. If I had more time while I was prepping it, I would have alternated the corn flakes and peanut butter mixture in a very large bowl instead of trying to stir it in a too small pan. 

I sprayed a 9x13 pan with Pam and pressed the cornflakes in. No baking, no refrigeration, just let it cool/set overnight and serve the next day. We have a small team at work and that was a large pan. We (and by we I mean I) ate it 3 days in a row.

I got the recipe 10 years ago from a manager I had while I was an intern. I don't measure the corn flakes or vanilla or butter the pan, so if you like a little more measurement than I gave, the recipe is below. Thanks Tami!

Corn Flake Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/2 C Sugar
1 1/2 C Karo Syrup (light)
2 1/2 C Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp Vanilla
9 C Corn Flakes

Bring the sugar and syrup to a boil in a large pan. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until peanut butter is melted and creamy. Stir in corn flakes. Stir until nicely coated. Press mixture into a buttered cake pan. 
Eat and Enjoy!