Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Special, Special K Bars

Perfect Pairing:  Pantry clean-out


Way back when I was in college and living in the sorority we had a very exciting week once a semester called study treat week.  I am not sure study treat week helped us study for finals, but I am pretty sure it helped keep on that college “insulation” that tends to happen.  These were not healthy treats.  They usually included pizza rolls and other frozen novelties as well as our house mom’s famous scotcharoos.  It didn’t help the whole insulation issue when they were put out late at night.  Recipe for trouble, all around.

If you talk to any of my sisters about the food at the house I think ALL of them would mention the scotcharoos.  They would also probably also mention the super weird jalapeño chicken that inexplicably had insane amounts of cream sauce and Fritos.  College was healthy.  Anyway, the scotcharoos.  They were ridiculous.  These Special, Special K Bars remind me of those college treats.  You noticed the extra special in the name right?   These bars are extra special because I added coconut and toasted pecans.  Side note, when I was a little girl I named my cat Special.  Poor cat. 

I was on a mission to clean out the pantry when I made these, so when I ran out of Special K I added some rice cereal.  Feel free to do that as well!  Just another texture in the mix.  If you don't have pecans, use whatever nuts you have in your pantry.  Everything is topped with chocolate and peanut butter.  Theyyyyyy didn’t suck. 

This is a great recipe to use the “sticky ingredient trick” I mentioned on this Payday Bar recipe post.


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Special, Special K Bars

Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing

Printable Recipe


·        7 cups Special K cereal (you can also throw in some rice cereal)
·        1 cup coconut
·        1 cup pecans, roughly chopped (even better toasted)
·        1 cup sugar
·        1 cup corn syrup
·        1 ¾ cup peanut butter, divided
·        1 cup chocolate chips


Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray, set aside.  In a large bowl combine the cereal, coconut, and pecans. 

In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, add the sugar and corn syrup.  Stir the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved and bring to a slight slimmer, but not a boil.  Add in one cup of peanut butter.  Continue to stir until the peanut butter is incorporated.  Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal and stir gently with a spatula.  Pour into the greased pan and pat down with the spatula.

In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate chips and the remaining ¾ cup of peanut butter.  Microwave until melted, stirring at 30 second intervals.  This will probably take about 2 to 3 minutes.  Pour the chocolate over the cereal bars and allow to cool.

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