Sunday, April 7, 2013

No-Bake Special K Bars (with Choco-Scotch Topping)

These scrumptious & quick-to-make bars are TOPS to all who are privileged to taste them.  It has always cracked me up that they're called Special K bars, when the recipe calls for cornflakes.  Probably someone made them when they didn't have Special K cereal on hand and they got a new name?  

Whatever you call them, your family is going to LOVE them! 

I've had this recipe in my files for years, given to me by a high school classmate.
(Thanks Dottie!)  I know there are alot of versions around the net, but this is the one I've made for years. 

Of course, they're terrific without the topping, but it adds a specialness that can't be beat. 

These are pretty rich - teenagers LOVE them! You will too - just be careful you're not home alone or everyone will wonder what that good smell in the house is, but they don't see anything that you've made. 
(wink, wink) 


1 c. white sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 c. Cornflakes (or Special K or Rice Krispies) cereal

1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. milk chocolate chips

Lightly grease a 9x13" pan.

Bring the sugar and syrup to a boil in a medium pan over medium high heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter & vanilla until smooth, and then add the cereal, stirring until evenly coated. 

Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and let cool before adding topping. 

Make topping by melting together the butterscotch and milk chocolate chips, stirring well until smooth, and spread evenly over the bars.
(If your family doesn't care for butterscotch, try using peanut butter chips instead...or more chocolate). 

 Let stand at room temperature until set, cut into small bars and serve.

Yield: 20 - 24 servings 

Linked to Weekend Potluck 
Mix it up Monday


  1. These look great!
    Im going to have to make them soon.


  2. Wow, this does sound super yummy! I thought a special k bar using cornflakes was pretty funny too--and you are probably right about the substitution!

  3. Oh dear me...I know I would love these. Peanut butter, chocolate and butterscotch make for a heavenly treat...mmmmmm!